Lot details Registration No: MBF331H Chassis No: PIR43657BW Mot Expiry: April 2006
Introduced in 1969, the Jaguar E-type Series II could be had in Roadster, Fixed Head Coupe or Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 guises. Known in America as the XKE Family Coupe or XKE Sedan, this latter variant had a notably airy feel courtesy of its stretched wheelbase and raised roofline. Equipped with a pair of small rear seats, it otherwise benefited from the same fully independent suspension, rack and pinion steering and disc brakes as its two-seater brethren. Powered by a 4235cc dohc straight-six engine developing a quoted 265bhp and 283lbft of torque, it was the only Series II model available with optional three-speed automatic transmission.
Finished in red with magnolia upholstery, this particular 2+2 is said to have been the "subject of major restoration with bills amounting to somewhere in the region of £30,000". A "rare automatic car" that was re-imported to the UK and converted from left- to right-hand drive, it boasts a "highly detailed engine bay" and "new chrome wire wheels". Treated to a full leather interior (even down to the boot floor) by a "special Rolls-Royce trimmer", it is reportedly "very practical and easy to drive in today's traffic". A "classic example of one of the prettiest sportscars of all time", it is offered for sale with "substantial file" (including a photographic record of the rebuild), MOT certificate valid until April 10th 2006 and road tax.