1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II RoadsterSOLD
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Estimate: $75,000-$100,000 US

Sold: $74,250

265bhp, 4,235 cc dual overhead-camshaft inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

The evolution of the sublimely beautiful Jaguar E-Type was dictated by experience and the changes of a worldwide market. The first seven years of gradual change and improvement culminated in 1968 with the introduction of the Series II, a substantial redesign that also foreshadowed many of the attributes of the Series III V12 that entered production in 1971. Federal regulations in the United States drove some of the Series II’s changes, including a revised headlight treatment and a substantially larger radiator air intake, flanked by full width bumpers to meet American low-speed impact requirements. The proven 4.2-liter six-cylinder engine was little changed although a 25 percent higher capacity water pump was fitted to take advantage of the larger radiator air intake, better adapting the car to hotter climates. The chassis received bigger Girling brakes and reclining seats were now standard.

The Series II E-Type offered here has traveled less than 35,500 miles from new and is presently with only its second owner, after having been in the possession of its original owner from 1970 through 2006. The first owner purchased the car new while stationed in Europe as a military officer and, upon returning to the United States, used it for a few more years before placing it into storage in Laredo, Texas.

After years without use, the first owner commissioned the marque specialists at Jeff’s Resurrections to perform a thorough cosmetic restoration, and to prepare the car for future road use. The second owner subsequently spent an additional $50,000 on engine, suspension and other mechanical restoration (invoices included). Thanks to its low mileage, proper storage and sympathetic and costly restoration work, this Series II example is phenomenally original and pristine. In 2003, it competed for JCNA National Honors, claiming second place, before competing once more in September 2008 and placing first in the JCNA Driven Class, where the judges remarked that it could have easily contended the concours category.

As expected of a car with such ownership and restoration history, as well as its JCNA show successes, this E-Type remains in wonderful condition and, what’s more, is also a pleasure to drive. It is accompanied by tools, a jack, owner’s manual, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate attesting to its matching numbers, and an array of paperwork related to its recent restoration as well as its 36-year relationship with the original owner.

Reference Number 38616

as of 2/10/2009

Car 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster
VIN 7R122705 
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