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1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster SOLD by Auction

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  • £89,000 Auction Estimate
  • 1970
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Price £89,000 Auction Estimate
Ad Type For Sale by Auction
Category Classic Cars
Make Jaguar
Model E-Type
  E-Type Series II Roadster
Year 1970
Country UK
Region Berkshire
Telephone 01753 903563
Status Trade
Date 29-Jun-2020
Ref C1240547
For sale by auction on Saturday 18th July 2020 with Historics auctions.

Registration HHC 539H
Chassis Number 1R1478
Odometer reading 101000
Estimate £89000-£107000

The Jaguar E-Type is Legend. It needs no introduction and the motive power, design and accolades heaped upon it are warranted and well known. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961 with the domestic market launch coming four months later in July. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8 litre six-cylinder Jaguar XK engine from the XK150S. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964. The Series I can be recognised by glass-covered headlights, small 'mouth' opening at the front, signal lights and tail lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear. The 3.8 litre cars have leather upholstered bucket seats, an aluminium-trimmed centre instrument panel and console (changed to vinyl and leather in 1963), and a Moss four-speed gearbox that lacks synchromesh for first gear. As with all motorcars that underwent progressive design and improvement, the Series II benefitted from open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, repositioned and larger front indicators and tail-lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged 'mouth' and twin electric fans. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial 'ribbed' appearance. Altogether a more comfortable, driving sportscar.

This stunning original righthand drive 1970 Jaguar E-type Series II with a build date of 3rd December 1969 still holds its original registration number of HHC 539H. Available from small private collection, this car was initially purchased through the original dealer, Willets (Eastbourne) by Mr. I. Panto of Hove, Sussex on 27th January 1970, this was midway through the very limited Series II production (1968-1971). This example comes with a J.D.H.T Heritage Certificate confirming these details and its original colour scheme of Signal Red with black interior and hood.

Accompanying this car is a large history file with invoices dating back to 1981 and MoT test certificates to 1975 verifying the mileage as correct. This is a very original, well maintained and non-modified car, it was subject to a sympathetic restoration over the past three years that included body and paintwork, a full retrim, new hood and a full mechanical overhaul, this appreciating classic is truly ready for many years of enjoyment.

It is very unusual to find an E-type with the optional and, expensive at the time, chrome disc wheels. This example is also in stunning condition throughout, with no known faults and is described by the vendor as having an 'out of the factory' feel. The Series II E-Types have many improvements over the Series I cars; better lighting, brakes and cooling and importantly an improved gear change and smoother engine all adding up to a much improved and refined car.

* Our vendor has stated that for an agreed price he will offer a mechanical warranty with the purchase of this vehicle, this is testimony of the quality of this example which is simply magnificent.
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