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1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixed Head Coupé

Lot No.: 564

Registration: APP 164J
Chassis Number: P2R28706
Engine Number: 7R13749-9
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 4200
Year of Manufacture: 1970
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • US export returned to RHD during its restoration with a colour change from Sable
  • Engine rebuilt in 2008 and converted to UK spec with triple SU carbs and a stainless exhaust
  • Brakes, suspension and rear axle have all received attention during the past 5 years
  • Supplied with UK V5c, Heritage Certificate and MOT'd until 9.7.18

Some cars need no introduction and the Jaguar E-Type is no exception. 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'. Series II cars also feature twin electric fans and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a ribbed appearance and for US-spec cars, twin Stromberg carburettors were used. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with flick switches being substituted by rocker switches to meet U.S regulations.

This particular 1970 Jaguar E-type Series II Fixed Head Coupé was dispatched from Browns Lane on 13th November 1970 finished in Sable over a Cinnamon leather interior. In left-hand drive form with a manual gearbox, it was destined for distributor British Leyland, New York. The early part of its history in the States is unknown, but we know that it returned to the UK and was registered with the DVLA on 14th October 1988. From 1997 to 2011 the car was subject to a rolling restoration and was converted to right-hand drive, with the bodywork fully restored and freshly painted in Carmen Red. In 2008, the engine was fully rebuilt to UK specification including triple HD8 SU carbs and a stainless steel exhaust. A photo album logging much of this work accompanies the car.

The owner, prior to our vendor, carried out a host of mechanical work from 2012 - 2016 which included; a specialist rear axle rebuild with 3.07:1 ratios and speedo recalibrated to suit, overhauled calipers with new brakes discs and pads, new Gaz adjustable dampers on the front, poly-bushed front and rear suspension, new steering rack and track rod ends, a period radio/cassette, and service items such as fluids and filters. Much of this work was carried out by specialist Racing Green for which a £3,200 bill is included in the history file.
Eagle-eyed E-type enthusiasts will notice that this car has a plastic leaping-cat emblem located on the side of the bonnet along with a narrow strip of chrome trim around the nose - late Series II features according to the Jaguar E-type Restoration and Originality Guide by Dr Thomas F. Haddock.

This lovely E-type, now finished in Carmen Red with a Cinnamon and Biscuit interior, is supplied with its Jaguar Heritage Certificate (matching numbers), a UK V5c, an MOT until 9th July 2018, the restoration photo album, and a host of invoices from various parts suppliers. With Jaguar E-type prices continuing to soar, this Series II FHC is in fine usable condition and represents superb value in today's market.