Lot 50 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: NJT 49H
Chassis No: 1R12151
This Series Two E-Type Roadster has been with the vendor for the past nineteen years during which time he has enjoyed using it for continental touring. Fitted with twin electric fans and coming with both hard top, soft top and tonneau, it is ideally suited to long distance travel in speed and comfort whatever the weather. Finished in maroon with beige leather, NJT 49H currently registers some 75,000 miles.
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.