Lot 42
1969 Jaguar XKE Series II Roadster



• Recent no-expense-spared show quality restoration
• Only driven two miles since completion
• Scored 99.99 at Jaguar of America event
• Original engine and gearbox; factory air-conditioning
• Jaguar Heritage Certificate

4,235 cc inline DOHC six-cylinder engine, 265 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front and rear suspension, four-wheel disc brakes

Debuting in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it was introduced, with instantly classic lines and a 150-mph top speed. One of the most alluring cars ever built, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was called in the United States, instantly turned heads when it was introduced in 1961. Today it would be impossible for a single model to cause such a stir, but this was a civilized production sports car that resembled a Le Mans prototype and could outperform just about anything else on the road. British mathematician and aerodynamics expert Malcolm Sayer, known as “the man behind the curves”, designed the E-Type as a derivative of the Jaguar D-Type racing car he created, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years, 1955–1957. The E-Type's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type: a monocoque tub forming the main structure while a tubular space frame extended forward to support the engine. The E-Type's performance did not disappoint; firstly because it weighed around 500 lbs (227 kg) less than the XK150 and secondly because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer had worked in the aircraft industry and brought his skills and lightweight construction method to bear in creating an agile sports car so striking that it has been exhibited at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The E-Type combined a racing pedigree, revolutionary styling, and a certain Jaguar flair to the automotive world. Malcolm Sayer had used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car.

In its 14-year history (1961–1975), the E-Type underwent three production versions. The first significant upgrade occurred in October 1964 with the launch of the 4.2-litre version. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. The Series II (1968–1971), of which 8,627 roadsters were produced, marked the first major revisions of the car since its introduction, largely due to U.S. regulations. Changes included higher and uncovered headlights, a larger air intake on the bonnet, an upgraded cooling system, and better brakes. Other modifications included repositioned and larger front signal indicators, a wraparound rear bumper, and taillights below the bumper. The interior and instrument panel were also redesigned: dashboard switches were relocated, rocker switches were substituted for toggles, the steering column was made collapsible and new seats incorporated headrests, plus air-conditioning was now available as an option, all creating a more user-friendly and comfortable car to drive.

This stunningly beautiful XK-E Roadster has been the recent subject of a comprehensive, concours show quality restoration. Over $400,000 was spent on this classic Jaguar in an effort to create one of the very best E-Type Jaguars possible. Finished elegantly in classic British Racing Green with a sumptuous Sage Green leather interior, it is in pristine condition, having only been driven two miles since completion. It has been exhibited at a Concours only once, at a Jaguar Club of America event, where against stiff competition it scored an impressive 99.99 points. Fitted from the factory with air-conditioning, this superb British classic is ideal for touring, club events and exhibition, presenting a unique and rare opportunity to acquire one of the very best of the breed.

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