2010 Shannons Melbourne Winter Classic Auction

1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 2+2 Coupe




Engine In-line Six-cylinder, 4235cc
Gearbox 3-Speed Automatic
Body Work 2+2 Coupe
Colour Pewter
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire
Brakes Discs


This lot is no longer available

There can be few cars more easily recognised than Jaguar's iconic E-type, the sports car that best represents the Swinging Sixties and all that was great about that period in time. When it was launched to a stunned world in 1961, the E-type offered genuine 150 mph performance at a price well below contemporary Aston Martins, Ferraris and the like. Malcolm Sayer's aerodynamic styling was derived from the streamlined D-Types that dominated Le Mans and the E-type was soon proving itself on the racetracks of the world. Throughout the Sixties the E-type underwent several major revisions, most notably the upgrade of the original 3.8-litre engine to 4.2-litres in 1964 and the adoption of an all-synchromesh gearbox. Other changes included improvements to the interior, stronger brakes and better electrics along with the option of automatic transmission and a 2+2 model alongside the classic coupe and roadster. The Series 2 was introduced in October 1968 with minor styling modifications to the nose, new tail light clusters and a new dashboard with rocker switches in place of the toggles to meet new safety regulations. Ownership of an E-type is a hugely rewarding experience and a nicely sorted car like the example on offer here the best way to live the legend.

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