Lot Number
235

1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-Litre Fixed Head Coupe

Sold For $34,100

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - ARIZONA 19 - 20 JANUARY 2017 - Offered from a Private Collection


Chassis No.
1R 27890
  • Offered from a private collection
  • Highly original; showing just 57,000 miles
  • Features optional air conditioning
  • Jaguar’s iconic E-Type coupe

246 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with two Stromberg carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, coil-spring independent rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.

Jaguar’s E-Type debuted to universal applause at the March 1961 Geneva Motor Show. But despite its popularity, the car had a number of shortcomings. The transmission, while sturdy, had an unsynchronized first gear, and the seat backs were non-adjustable, fine for short trips but tiring on a long journey, especially for taller drivers. The cooling system, too, was marginal in some of the warmer American climes.

For 1965, these drawbacks were addressed, the gearbox given full synchros, and the seat backs made adjustable. Brushed aluminum trim in the cockpit gave way to molded plastic and leather, and a new brake booster was adopted. The engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters, resulting in greater torque, which made for better tractability in traffic.

As United States motor vehicle safety and emissions regulations tightened, further changes were made to the E-Type. For the United States market, the covered headlamps were replaced by open versions, and other lighting was relocated and made more prominent. Switchgear was replaced with rocker-type units, a collapsible steering column was fitted, and the bumpers were strengthened. These changes were phased in during 1967 and 1968, and codified in a new Series 2 for all markets in August 1968, accompanied by some changes to the body.

A highly original car, this Series 2 fixed head coupe is finished in the maroon hue that Jaguar called Claret. The interior is finished in black leather, and features include air conditioning and a cassette stereo radio. Mileage shown is less than 57,000, which is believed to be original.

The steady evolution of the E-Type meant that buyers of the Series 2 got a much better, more comfortable and reliable Jaguar—attributes that complemented its already well-established reputation for superior performance, handling, and appearance. Correct and ready to go, this Series 2 fixed head coupe is sure to provide a wonderful motoring experience for its new owner.



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