RM Sotheby’s Arizona: 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2 liter Roadster
Presented by RM Sotheby’s.
Offered with no reserve price from the Tenebaum collection
Acclaimed worldwide for its style and performance immediately after its debut in 1961, the stunning Jaguar E-Type has continued to evolve throughout its highly successful 14-year career. While the basic concept lasted until production ceased in 1975, the E-Type was divided into three different series, with minor changes being made all the time. Examples of the Series 2, including this 4.2-litre 1969 Roadster, were built from 1968 to 1971. These cars strike a desirable balance between the earlier Series 1 cars and the larger and slightly more luxurious Series 3 cars that would follow.
The key feature of the Series 2 was the larger 4.2-liter inline-six with dual overhead camshafts, a feature introduced during the production of the E-Type Series 1. Here it produced 246 horsepower and notably 263 pound-feet of torque. Some changes were prompted by evolving regulations, most notably new United States safety regulations. others including better engine cooling thanks to dual electric fans, a more ergonomic and comfortable cabin (complete with seats that now featured headrests) and improved Girling calipers with three calipers at the front and new Girling calipers at the rear resulted in a more usable car to be proud of original E-Type Ghost.
A total of about 8,627 Series 2 Roadsters were produced. According to the accompanying Proof of Production Certificate from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, this US specification car was completed on February 10, 1969 and delivered through the New York British Leyland dealership on June 25, 1969. It was originally finished in cream with a red interior and black top.
After joining the Tenenbaum Collection, this E-Type underwent a full mechanical and cosmetic restoration by Steve’s Jaguar Service in Canoga Park, California. An extensive, itemized to-do list on file demonstrates the level of care and attention to detail that went into every aspect of the work, which was completed in 2018. A brown leather interior sourced from award-winning Rafael “Rafi” Abramyan of Los Angeles, California’s Classic Car Interiors was fitted at the time and goes beautifully with its factory-correct cream exterior and black convertible top. Shiny wire wheels with old-style knock-off hubs add a sporty finishing touch.
Refined in execution, yet retaining the beauty and simplicity of the first series E-Types, the Series 2 E-Types are as enjoyable to drive as they are to admire. Accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust production log and restoration documentation, this stunningly restored specimen would be a fitting addition to any stable.
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