Following the unbridled success of the Series I E-Type’s seven-year production run, Jaguar’s iconic sports car was updated worldwide for the 1968 model year. Changes to the headlight height and exterior lenses were coupled with the interior’s redesigned console, new steering lock, and revised switchgear. Additionally, a reliable and smooth-running twin Stromberg carburetor setup replaced the Series I’s three SUs.
This well-loved and inviting E-Type Coupe was sold new to an accomplished television director and producer. Residing for decades at his Hollywood Hills home, the Jaguar has been a regular sight around the streets of Hollywood for many of the past 50 years. It was refinished years ago in its original Opalescent Silver and remains in presentable driver condition. The interior is particularly tidy including the black leather seats and door panels, as well as the soft gray headliner. The leatherette in the rear cargo area, beneath the side-opening hatch, remains intact and is likely original. Invoices for recent mechanical work accompany the sale. A recent test drive revealed the Coupe’s straight six to have particularly smooth acceleration through the rev range, accompanied by its beguiling exhaust note, and its four-speed gearbox shifted easily both up and down.
Among an undoubtedly tiny number of surviving examples still registered to its original owner, this Southern California E-Type Coupe remains as captivating today as when it was first built. It is now poised to provide its next caretaker with many enjoyable drives, gathering admiring glances along the way.