Jaguar Series 2 E-Type Roadster

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 proved appealing to a wider market than the Series I cars because it solidified the grand touring elements of the E-Type by making it a much more comfortable and reliable car to drive.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August 2009 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

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

Source: RM Auctions

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