29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 50

1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster

Sold for £55,125

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: TNA 157J
Chassis No:

  • Fitted with power steering, electronic ignition and S/S exhaust system
  • Current family ownership since 2011
  • Understood to have been previously restored by Jaguar restoration specialist Patrick J Lacey
  • Maintained in current ownership by the likes of marque specialist Moorland Classic Cars
  • Offered with a collection of invoices
  • Repatriated from the USA in c.1990 and subsequently converted to RHD

Triumphantly unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type created a furore thanks to its supercar performance, stunning looks and modest price tag. Early racing success at the hands of Graham Hill and Roy Salvadori amongst others helped cement the newcomer's reputation. Built as a monocoque with an engine cradling front sub-frame, the E-type's combination of all-around independent suspension and disc brakes allied to rack-and-pinion steering resulted in excellent roadholding and handling capabilities. The indomitable straight-six XK twin-cam engine supplied abundant power. If the design had an Achilles' heel then it was the recalcitrant Moss gearbox. However, Jaguar was quick to correct this shortcoming with a four-speeder of its own design just part of a continual programme of E-Type development that saw the model metamorphose through three Series. Introduced in August 1968, the Series II cars were distinguishable by their revised bumper and light arrangements. Less noticeable was the increased size of the front air intake that in conjunction with dual cooling fans made the Series II better behaved in hot weather and heavy traffic. With its 4235cc engine developing a quoted 265bhp and 283lbft of torque, it was reputedly capable of nearly 150mph and 0-60mph in 7.5 seconds. Available in open two-seater, Fixed-Head two-seater and Fixed-Head 2+2-seater guises, the American market accounted for the vast majority of Series II production. 8,627 open two-seaters made were made.

An older, c.20 year-old restoration by Patrick J. Lacey (with some photographs on file), having previously resided overseas in a left-hand drive market, ‘TNA 157J’ has had just 1 former UK keeper since being repatriated to the UK in 1990. In the following years the E-Type was converted to right-hand drive and has seen much expenditure. In current family ownership since 2011, presenting in Signal Red, this iconic-looking 1970 Roadster has a complementing Tan leather interior and a Black soft-top. The accompanying Patrick J. Lacey valuation certificate comments: “Has had full restoration of all aspects of mechanical, interior and trim, engine, transmission and new bodyshell. Restored to the highest standards – mileage registered 76,742.”

In the period c.2011/2012 SNG Barratt supplied plug leads, a water pump and the mohair soft-top it currently wears. Work carried out to the car has benefitted the aesthetics plus mechanicals and has been maintained in current ownership by the likes of marque specialist Moorland Classic Cars. Work carried out by them c.2014/2015, has included; in 2014, a stainless steel exhaust £1902.00, two new chrome wire wheels £613.80, and a power steering conversion kit and an alternator at a cost of £2734.43. Other work by Moorland Classic Cars included Lumenition electronic ignition parts and work on the cooling fans and related switch at 84,733 miles. They also carried out an investigation into a fault in the cooling fan. Their work notes also state “replace fuse box behind the dash, fit loom and relay, test, replace inlet camshaft cover with gasket supplied, strip and balance carburettors and road test.

Atkinson Automotives in Stoke-on-Trent supplied a new battery, swapped tyres and tubes, supplied door handles, OS and NS lower ball joints and five tyres, with a 2022 invoice for £1,715. Also in 2022, invoices document Traditional Old Motor Spares Ltd., Sutton Coldfield, supplied some new window winder handles and an upper ball-joint kit in September 2022. ‘TNA’ is being offered with a box of sundry parts, reproduction service voucher booklet, old MOT certificates and invoices plus a current V5C Registration Document.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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