The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixedhead Coupé

Lot No.: 224

Registration: MWV 352J
Chassis Number: 1R20993
Engine Number: 7R13616-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4235cc
Year of Manufacture: 1970
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 65,000 - 75,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

The Series II Jaguar E-Types that were produced from 1969 to 1971 can be identified by their open headlights, no longer with glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper with the tail lights now underneath, and the front indicators were larger and similarly repositioned below the slightly heavier front bumpers. The cooling was much improved helped by the enlarged 'mouth' and Series II cars also feature twin electric fans and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smoothly polished cam covers to a ribbed appearance.

This striking Series II Fixed Head Coupé is an original RHD example built on the 3rd August 1970. Delivered new in Jaguar Light Blue with a contrasting Dark Blue leather interior, the car still retains this attractive colour combination to this day and is essentially original throughout including its 4.2-litre engine. 

Having been dispatched from the factory on the 1st November 1970 and delivered to Charles of Pirbright Ltd. this Series II would remain showroom bound for a further five months before finding its first owner on 7th April 1971 as we can see from the original purchase invoice.  In fact, it may well have been the last Series II FHC to be sold as by then the new Series III had taken centre stage.

The car has clearly lived a very cosseted life from early on as, during its first year on the road, its owner commissioned additional rust proofing of exposed surfaces and body ‘tub’ voids including door voids using propriety cavity wax injection provided by Messrs ZIEBART. As a result of this treatment and its low number of owners, who presumably were equally fastidious, the condition of this E-Type, inside, outside and underneath is simply amazing. We understand that it has never undergone a full restoration only routine repairs, ongoing maintenance, and replacement parts when necessary. 

Purchased by our vendor in 2009, he has continued to care for the car and enjoyed it over many miles. When initially purchased he treated the car to a full cylinder head rebuild in March 2009, and has continued its upkeep to the present day. Currently showing 54,408miles the car comes complete with a rather impressive history compiled in no less than three files documenting its life from new. Included in these files are not only lots of invoices for work carried out but also its rare and original owner's book pack along with a very detailed maintenance diary kept by the original owner.

The Series II is often regarded as the most rewarding 'driver's' E-type and this lovely Coupé ticks all the boxes for E-type ownership presented in wonderful condition throughout and with an outstanding history.  A lovely, lovely, E-type to be used and enjoyed.