One of the 20th Century's all-time great motoring icons, the Jaguar E-Type debuted at the Geneva Salon in March 1961 in 3.8-litre Coupé form, causing a sensation with its instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The first major upgrade arrived in 1965 in the shape of the 4.2-litre version, which boasted a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear alongside the bigger, torquier engine.
Proposed changes in United States automobile legislation would eventually result in the revised Series 2 announced in October 1968, though modifications began to be phased in during 1967. Externally the Series 2 was readily identifiable by its larger sidelights, raised bumpers, deleted headlight covers, twin reversing lights and square rear number plate, while the interior was revised with rocker-type dashboard switches, new seats and collapsible steering column. Beneath the skin, Ad-West power steering, Girling brake calipers and an up-rated radiator were among the many Series 2 mechanical improvements.
This Series 2 E-Type roadster was purchased by the current owner from a dealer in South Carolina, USA some ten years ago, and will require re-commissioning as it has been in store for around ten months. It currently carries a Dubai title and also comes with export documentation.
Should the vehicle remain in the EU, local import taxes of 5% will be applied to the hammer price.