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1970 Jaguar E-Type 2+2

Lot No.: 533

Registration: FMK 583J
Chassis Number: 1R36000BW
Engine Number: 7R403459
CC: 4.235
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Sold for (£): 37,125

When launched to an eager public in 1961, the new E-Type Jaguar was available in either Open Two Seater (OTS) or two-seat Fixed Head Coupé (FHC) formats, the latter having a useful opening rear door giving access to the ample luggage compartment.  By the mid-1960s, the high demand for the car prompted Jaguar to offer a third option, for the driver with a young family, in the form of a 2+2 coupé. By adding nine inches to the wheelbase and two inches in height, it was then possible to fit a rear seat capable of seating two adults in tolerable comfort and perfect for children. The longer wheelbase also had the added benefit of allowing Jaguar to mate a Borg-Warner automatic transmission to the 4.2-litre engine, thereby further widening the appeal of the E-type.  

The Jaguar E-type Plus 2 on offer here is a 4.2 Litre, right-hand drive, Series ll with an automatic gearbox and chrome wire wheels. Its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate states that it was finished on 22 June 1970 and supplied by Henlys of London on 14th July 1970 to Harrison Gloucester Ltd in Horsforth finished in Indigo blue with a dark blue interior.

The car comes with some decent history and there are three ring-binders full of information about its past including many MoTs going back to 1980, and dozens of older invoices for maintenance and servicing. We note from the file that the car had been stripped and fully painted some years ago and at some point had been 'Polybushed ' and fitted with a 'sports' exhaust manifold.

The somewhat more 'vertical' appearance of the Plus 2 is made less noticeable in darker colours and the deep blue hue on this car makes it look almost svelte. The interior is wonderfully patinated, not scruffy, just lived-in.

With a fresh MoT and cosmetically sound this would be a good base for a new buyer to take it a bit further, however, it is currently a good looking, solid, usable classic, and it is an E-Type.