19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 14

1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Litre Coupe

Estimated at £45,000 - £55,000

Lot details

Registration No: BJD 370H
Chassis No: 1R20S91
MOT: Exempt

  • 1 of just 1,071 RHD Series II Fixed Head Coupes made
  • 60,500 credible miles recorded
  • Offered with a collection of invoices and old MOT certificates
  • Recently subject to £6,575 spent on attention to the bodywork and paint

At launch the Malcolm Sayer-penned E-Type was the fastest production car of its time – its 3.8-litre straight six engine allowing a 0-60mph acceleration time of a whisker over seven seconds and a top speed of circa 150mph. 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 taillights, wrap-around rear bumper, twin-electric fans, uprated brakes and refashioned facia and seats.

1 of just 1,071 RHD Series II Fixed Head Coupes made ‘BJD 370H’ was bought by the vendor as a winter ‘project’ and was sympathetically restored over this period. The restoration consisted of a localised photographed refurbishment, putting new metal into the wheel arches for long term conservation. The invoice for £6,575 bodywork and paint and photos of that work are now in the history file. In addition, the E-Type was subsequently serviced and detailed to make it ready to enjoy for a new owner. An interesting history file documents a recent long term family ownership going back to the mid-2000s, a custodianship saw a lot of work done to the car and bills accompanying laying out as a record of the work. A collection of old MOT paperwork and certificates go some way to provide some evidence that 60,500 is very possibly the correct mileage. Additionally the factory fitted Webasto sunroof is in perfect working order and this affords the occupants the luxury of pulling back the roof for the perfect blend of enclosed and open top motoring. The doors also lock and there is an aftermarket immobiliser to add security and complete the best specification E Type for those grand tours.

The vendor describes the driving experience of the Coupe as ‘The patinated interior is a lovely place to be in and it’s a lovely car to drive'. Fitted with wider wheels with off-set chrome spokes ‘BJD 370H’ is offered with a collection of invoices and old MOT certificates, the aforementioned invoices, photographs of the restoration work and the current V5C Registration Document. It is expected the vendor will be driving the Series II Coupe the 100 miles to the sale.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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