Jaguar Series 2 E-Type Roadster
Over time, experience and a changing worldwide market dictated many changes in the sublimely beautiful Jaguar E-Type. During the first seven years of the E-Type’s life, these changes were evolutionary and culminated in the 1968 release of the Series II models, representing a substantial redesign that foreshadowed many of the attributes of the final Series III V12 E-Types that entered production in 1971.
Federal regulations in the United States, Jaguar’s most important market, drove some of the Series II’s changes, including revised lighting and the shift to a pair of Stromberg carburetors in place of the three SU units of earlier E-Types. Externally, the radiator air intake substantially increased in size, a change masked by larger, full-width bumpers that were matched at the rear to meet U.S. low-speed impact requirements. The well-proven 4.2-liter XK six-cylinder engine was little changed, although a higher-capacity water pump was fitted, taking advantage of the enlarged radiator air intake and better adapting the E-Type to warmer climates. The chassis got bigger Girling brakes with three-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear, while the interior now included reclining seats as standard equipment.
Part of the RM Auctions event in Arizona, in January 2010; in Michigan in July 2012 and in Arizona in January, 2013.
246 bhp, 4,235 cc inline six-cylinder engine, dual overhead camshafts, dual carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower wishbones, trailing lower radius arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"
Source: RM Auctions
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