Lot Number

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-Litre Roadster

$100,000 - $125,000

RM | Auctions - HERSHEY 11 - 12 OCTOBER 2018

Chassis No.
1R 10742
  • Recent quality restoration
  • An exceptional second-series example
  • Attractive red with biscuit interior

The Jaguar E-Type, introduced in 1961 with a 3.8-liter engine, had instantly classic lines and a 150-mph top speed, causing quite a sensation when it appeared. The first significant upgrade of Jaguar’s sensational E-Type sports car occurred in October 1964 with the launch of the 4.2-liter version. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. Like its 3.8-liter predecessor, the 4.2-liter E-Type was built in open two-seater and fixed-head coupe forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 coupe variant on a 9-in. longer wheelbase.

In 1968, all three versions of the E-Type underwent major revision to comply with U.S. safety and emissions legislation, emerging in “Series 2” guise minus the first series’ headlight covers. In addition, enlarged side and rear lights were adopted, while a thickened front bumper center section bridged a larger radiator intake. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles, and air conditioning became available as an option.

This stunning red 1969 roadster was formally part of the Ray Skillman collection, where it recently received a complete concours-quality restoration. Every component of this classic E-Type has been rebuilt and highly detailed. The fit and finish of the body panels, interior pieces, and under-bonnet detailing show the careful attention paid to every aspect of this Jaguar. The current owner reports this E-Type roadster has been driven less than 3,000 miles since the restoration was completed and is now properly sorted and a pleasure to drive.

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