Lot 15 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £57,938
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: WYB 36G
Chassis No: 1R11911
Mot Expiry: Sept 2020
- Recorded 70k miles, MOT certificates since 1999
- Comprehensive restoration with a photographic record in 1999/2000
- Unleaded cylinder head conversion
A few years ago the Daily Telegraph ranked the E-Type top in a pole of the '100 most beautiful cars of all time'. Like the XK150 before it, it was born of Jaguar's competition successes on the race tracks of Europe - this was no ordinary motor car. The E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in the USA, made its debut at the 1961 Geneva Salon where its unique combination of grace and pace stole the show. From birth, the car was available as a Fixed Head Coupe or a two-seat Roadster. Like the XK120, at launch the new Jaguar was the fastest production car of its time. Despite this, the engine size was increased from 3.8 to 4.2-litres in October 1964 and, with the change, came a sweeter all-synchromesh gearbox, better brakes and more comfortable seats. The Series 2 models introduced in 1969 are distinguished by their lack of headlamp covers, enlarged front air intake, repositioned front indicators and tail lights, wrap-around rear bumper, twin-electric fans, further uprated brakes and refashioned facia and seats.
The Series 2 Roadster offered started life as a lefthand drive export model that was converted to righthand drive during a comprehensive restoration in 1998. This included the installation of an unleaded cylinder head conversion, new wiring loom and instrument panel, and once the mechanical refurbishment was complete the car was repainted Green and registered for the UK roads in 1989. A new hood was then fitted in 2010. 'WYB 36G' is described by the vendor as having 'very good' bodywork, paintwork, Light Tan leather upholstery, 4.2-litre XK engine and four-speed manual gearbox, and is now available complete with a comprehensive history file, MOT certificates dating back to 1999, and a photographic record of the restoration. The E-Type currently registers a total mileage of 70,922.