20th Mar, 2019 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 75

1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster

Estimated at £28,000 - £32,000

Lot details
Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: 1R9617

- Matching numbers, LHD USA car

- NOVA declared

- Heritage certificate supplied

The heritage certificate that accompanies this matching numbers, lefthand drive Series 2 E-Type tells us that it was manufactured on May 29, 1969 and dispatched some five weeks later to British Leyland New York for delivery to its first keeper. At the time, its Dark Blue interior trim was matched to Light Blue bodywork, but somewhere along the way that has been repainted Gold. There's no denying that the Jaguar currently looks pretty sad, but appears to be largely complete and reasonably solid, and is therefore ripe for a full restoration, which is exactly what it was selected for by a marque expert. It is NOVA declared and ready to be returned to its former glory.

From birth, the E-Type was available either as a fixed head Coupe or a two-seat Roadster. The engine size was increased from 3.8 to 4.2-litres in October 1964. With the change came a sweeter all-synchromesh gearbox, better brakes and more comfortable seats. What are retrospectively known as Series 2 cars were launched in 1968 - they featured a number of modifications required by the Federal market, eg: exposed headlamps, collapsible steering column, safety rocker switches for the facia, larger bumpers and revised side, stop and flasher lamps. US versions of the engine were fitted with a pair of Zenith-Stromberg carburettors rather than the triple SUs of the home cars. The suspension was independent all round with wishbones and torsion bars at the front and wishbones, radius arms and twin coil springs at the rear. Braking was by servo-assisted Dunlop discs all round; inboard at the rear. The steering was a rack and pinion system by Alford and Alder. Production figures vary slightly depending on the source, but approximately 9,548 4.2-litre Roadsters were built between 1964 and 1968, 1,182 of which were equipped with righthand drive steering.

The following information is supported by the heritage certificate.

1R 9617
Date of manufacture: 29/05/1969
Engine: 7R 5776-9
Body: 4R 3811
Gearbox: KE 7112
Colour: Light Blue,
Interior: Dark Blue
Distributor: BLNY
Date of despatch: 08/07/1969

Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 20th Mar, 2019

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