Proposed changes to the USA's safety and emissions legislation resulted in the revised 'Series 2' E-Type, announced in October 1968, and from late 1967 the car began to embody some of the forthcoming modifications, these interim examples becoming known as the 'Series 1½' although there was never a fixed specification for this unofficial 'model'. The headlight fairings were deleted and enlarged side/rear lights adopted, while a thickened front bumper centre section bridged a larger radiator intake. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles.
Manufactured in 1968 during this transitional period, this 'Series 1½' 2+2 Coupé has the Series 2 steering column lock (never connected) and the Series 1 dashboard. The car was purchased by the current vendor from the deceased owner's son in March 2012, minus engine and gearbox. His father had sold the original engine and automatic transmission and was in the process of fitting a more modern engine and five-speed manual 'box. There are invoices on file totalling £13,418 for work carried out between 1992 and 2007. Since acquisition, a Jaguar 420 engine and four-speed manual gearbox have been fitted, the former being re-stamped with original's number: '7E-54938-9'. The car has also been fitted with wider wheels/tyres, XJ6 rear brakes and a stainless steel exhaust. Parts renewed during the recent restoration include the clutch; six-branch manifold; main and big-end bearings; timing chains; piston rings; brake, servo and clutch seals; brake pipes; disc pads, carpets, etc while the oil pump has been refaced (oil pressure is said to be excellent). Total expenditure since 2102 amounts to £7,160, which does not include any labour, making the total since 1992 over £20,500. During that period the car has covered fewer than 7,000 miles. There is a full photographic record on file of work carried out since 2012 together with a Heritage Certificate, DVLA ownership records, some expired MoTs and two old tax discs. The E-Type also comes with a handbook in Jaguar folder; tool roll and tools (almost complete); and a new Thor mallet. Finished in British Racing Green with black part-leather interior, the latter equipped with Pioneer radio/CD player and speakers, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with a current MoT and V5C document.