1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 S2, 2+2
Just arrived from California, this very original E-Type is offered for sale for restoration / recommission.
This matching numbers car is 100% complete and is still wears it’s original ‘Willow Green’ paint. The bodywork is in unbelievably solid condition throughout, with zero rust present and with the original 6 cylinder XK engine turning over freely. All panel gaps are very good, doors are aligned nicely and open and close as they should. This is a very straight restoration project with no welding required. The floors are 100% solid and rust free, as is the bulk head and all structural areas. All components on the car are original & everything is in very good restorable condition. This is a completely numbers matching car, all numbers have been checked by me personally & the heritage certificate confirms the same. The interior will required fully re-trimming, as the leather has completely dried out but the original steering wheel and dash etc is all usable. This particular vehicle was ordered from British Leyland Motors Inc. in New York, but left the Jaguar factory in Browns Lane, Coventry, in March 1970. It then spent its life in California, showing 90,000 miles which is believed to be genuine. Prices of these cars are continuing to climb, with this in mind this car represents very good value based on its current condition & originality.
The Jaguar E-Type or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. At a time when most cars had drum brakes, live rear axles, and mediocre performance, the E-Type sprang on the scene with 150 mph and a sub-7 second 0-60 time, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension, and unrivaled looks. The E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years (1955-1957) and, as such, it employed the racing design of a body tub attached to a tubular framework, with the engine bolted directly to the framework.
The Series 2 introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. design legislation. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the covered headlights, which affected several other imported cars. Unlike other cars, this retrograde step was applied worldwide for the E-Type, not just to Americans living under the authority of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.