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The E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. It was powered by the legendary, straight-six XK unit producing 265bhp and this fabulous engine, combined with the E-Type's weight-saving (over the XK150) and its efficient shape, gave real performance gains. This speed and agility were harnessed by independent suspension front and rear, plus Dunlop disc brakes fitted on all four wheels, which broke new ground for a large-capacity sports-car.
Jaguar continued to develop the E-Type throughout its life. The first results of this programme of improvements were introduced in 1964 when the newly enlarged 4.2-litre XK engine was installed and, although maximum power remained unchanged at 265bhp, torque was usefully increased, improving driveability. Other improvements included the arrival of a fully synchronised Moss gearbox and twin SU petrol pumps. The Series ll of 1968 was evolved further, with an improved cooling system and better Girling brakes. It also introduced several design changes, largely due to U.S. design legislation, and the most noted exterior features are the open headlights, a larger grille opening, re-positioned and larger front indicators and rear lights below the bumpers. The 4.2-litre engine now featured ‘ribbed’ cam-covers, whilst inside there were better seats with head-rests, new switches and the ignition was now on the steering column.
This Jaguar E-Type 4.2-litre Series 2, manual gearbox, Roadster was supplied new in 1969 to New York, originally in left-hand drive and finished in the unusual colour scheme of Ascot Fawn with a Cinamon leather interior. The car returned to the UK in 1989 when it was sympathetically restored and converted to right hand drive. It has none of the federal side markers that detract from the overall look of the cars and has triple carburettors therefore not giving away its American start in life. It appears to have covered very little mileage since returning to our shores and is an honest, usable example that would benefit from some further renovation.