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1969 Jaguar E-Type Roadster (Series 2)

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£38,160

  • Mileage~55,176 on clock
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine4.2L
  • LocationManchester

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1969 Jaguar E-Type Roadster (Series 2)

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Introduction

Isaac Wass
Professional Consigner

What more could you ask for, a quintessential British icon; stunning aesthetics and powerful straight-six engine, it continues to stand tall in both style and performance.

The Jaguar E-Type is an icon in the classic car world, with its long nose hiding a 4.2L engine. Especially in roadster form it has all the ingredients to create a thrilling drive. The E-Type is admired worldwide, gathering fans including the great Enzo Ferrari. Series one prices have skyrocketed in recent years, with the best-of-the-best examples fetching eye-watering money. However, while prices have also risen for series two cars, they still remain relatively affordable. It's not uncommon to see exceptional series two cars with all the provenance being offered at six-figure sums and more. However, as we all know, an asking price and an actual sale price are two totally different things and most of these examples we see remain unsold when they come to auction.

This lovely example comes to the market after ~9 years of UK ownership. Imported from America in 2015 by the vendor, it is said to have only had 2 previous keepers, and presents beautifully to this day.

This listing was written from information supplied by Isaac after meeting Howard the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Starting with a Triumph Spitfire in the 80s as a classic, but the E-Type Roadster for me was the pinnacle in classic car ownership.

In 2015, Howard had the opportunity through a friend to purchase his dream classic car, a Jaguar E-Type Roadster. The car is said to have had just two previous keepers in America, and was in good mechanical order. Coming from a dry climate meant any corrosion issues were minimal for an E-Type of this age.

Having enjoyed the E-Type for around nine years, the car is getting used less because Howard and his wife enjoy travelling in their motorhome with two dogs in check. Howard feels that the car will suffer from getting such little use, and has therefore decided to part with it. Please feel free to ask Howard any questions about the car in the comments below.

Howard
Vehicle Owner

Howard saved £6,840* when they
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Exterior

This E-Type's elegant bodywork, striking colour, and timeless appeal from every angle make it a joy to stand back and admire.

Wheels and Tyres

The chrome capped steel wheels have a light amount of tarnishing which may be polished up. The hubcaps are present and also have minor tarnishing and a couple of small dings. All the Retro tyres match and have a good amount of tread remaining.
Please see the image gallery to take a closer look at the wheels.

Bodywork

Standing back and admiring the lines of the E-Type the panels appear to fit and align well. Howard did mention that the door locks do not work. The car had a minor rear-end knock in 2021; this was professionally repaired, and photographs are available. The roof fits nice and tight and has no damage other than a couple of very minor stains that could possibly be cleaned off.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our hi-resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view of what’s on offer and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.

Paint

The "Regency Red" paintwork presents well. After the minor repair, the rear end was repainted, and at the same time, the offside door and bonnet were also painted. There are a few light swirl marks, but nothing that shouldn't be too difficult to remove with a professional detail.

The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these hi-resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The E-Type’s windscreen appears to be free from excessive scratches. The side windows have a few age-related scratches in keeping with the car's age.

All of the chrome work looks to be in good condition. There is a tiny amount of tarnishing, but nothing that distracts your eye from the bright finish.

Interior

Black leather with a slight patina adds to the charm of this truly classic car.

Seats and Carpets

The seats could possibly be the originals and, for their age, are just nicely worn in and ready to offer a comfortable seating position behind the wheel of this British classic. There is some creasing and slight colour wear, but nothing excessive. The door cards also appear to be original; the clips don’t really hold these as tightly to the door as they once did. But with that said, this is something your local trimmer could address.

The carpets throughout the cabin appear in good condition. The boot area is clean and tidy, and the spare wheel is present. Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

Dashboard

The dashboard is in good condition with no damage. The Smiths instruments present well, and the odometer shows a reading of 55,176 miles. Howard has reported that the fuel gauge only reads half full regardless of how much fuel is in, this hasn't been investigated for a fix.

Please see the interior gallery for more hi-resolution images.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

Aluminium spokes with a wooden rim make up the classic E-Type steering wheel, which has minor signs of use but nothing excessive. The gearknob clearly displays the numbers and is in good condition.

Please see the interior gallery for more detailed images.

Mechanics

The silky smooth 4.2-litre straight-six is a wonderful engine and well suited to the E-Type Roadster.

Engine and Gearbox

Fitted with the 4.2-litre straight-six, Howard has maintained the car well since coming to the UK in 2015. The "History and Paperwork" section provides a complete list of what has been carried out, nothing major has been needed, but some items of note are a new petrol pump and an upgrade to 123 electronic ignition.

The car fires up without hesitation and runs as it should, with no issues reported. It pulls well through the gears, and the change is smooth. No untoward noises are coming from the transmission, and the ride is super smooth, as seen in our mechanical review video.

Suspension and Brakes

Whilst stationary the car sits nice and level, out on the road the ride is smooth, with no knocks or bangs coming from either corner of the car.

Howard reports no issues with the brakes, which bring the car to a stop in a straight line, as you would expect with the car having had new discs fitted in 2016 and only covering some ~6,000 miles since.

The Drive

What’s not to love about driving a fantastic classic like the E-Type Jaguar? With the roof down and the 4.2-litre straight-six singing in your ear, it makes for the perfect tourer. Should you drive it around town, be prepared to return regular waves and nods to passers-by who admire the E-Type's beautiful lines.

Electrics and Other

Other than the fuel gauge, as mentioned earlier, there is an issue with the horn, which Howard will look at before the auction ends. The rest of the switchgear appears in good condition and is said to be working correctly.

History and Paperwork

Coming to market from ~9 year ownership, this US Import Series 2 E-Type Roadster presents well, and is very much ready for a new owner to enjoy.

Here is a list provided by Howard detailing what work and improvements have been made and carried out to the E-Type over his 9 year ownership, Howard tells us he has kept all the original parts that came off the car and they will be available with the car.

2016
April New stainless steel exhaust
Welding to underbody
Twin fans installed for the cooling system
Rear differential and disc pads
New pipes throughout the engine bay
2017
June Service / MOT
New fuel pump
August Rear wheel bearings
New fan belt
September New steering rack mounts and bearings
December New heater matrix

2018
February New fuel filter
April Service / MOT
New front wheel bearings
August Repair clock

2019
February Service / MOT
April New spark plugs
July New distributor cap, rotor arm
October New electronic 123 distributor, new Bosch ignition coil

2020
March Service / MOT
August New starter motor and earth cable
October New ignition switch

2021
March Service / MOT
Disconnect and open valve secondary air manifold
June New spark plug leads
July Rear knock rebuild / rear respray (photos available)
Respray to offside door and bonnet as in the paint shop

2022
September Recondition alternator
New 4TR voltage regulator
New 6AR relay
New battery
2023
April Service / MOT

As you can see, regular servicing and MOTs have been carried out along with welcomed upgrades such as the twin fans and 123 electronic ignition system, all improving the reliability of this much-loved classic.
We've done all our usual seller checks, including photo ID, V5, and also actioned an HPI check on the vehicle.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above. However, as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail. This has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa, and take your time to review everything on this listing to make your own assessment of the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming. Howard will be away from the 15th-19th and 22nd-30th of April so viewings will not be possible on these dates.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
19.04.2023 Service & MOT 54,832
21.07.2021 MOT 54,447
09.04.2021 Service -
25.06.2020 MOT 53,558
25.06.2019 MOT 52,943
22.02.2019 Service -
22.06.2018 MOT 50,853
19.06.2017 MOT 48,947
01.08.2016 UK Registered -
06.07.2016 MOT 48,214
Key Details
  • ModelE-Type Roadster (Series 2)
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.07.1969
  • UK Reg. Date01.08.2016
  • CC4,235
  • Mileage~55,176
  • ColourRegency Red
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #1R9847
  • Engine #7R4145-9
  • MOTExp: 18.04.2024
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers0 in UK
  • Tyre BrandRetro
  • LHD or RHDLHD
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~9 years
  • Key FeatureWell-maintained example
  • Auction ID1838







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3 Comments
lebourbet
lebourbet
25 days ago

Hello Howard
I can’t see any photos of the floor under the insulation. What state are the floors in?
Regards
Albert

lebourbet
lebourbet
  HowardM
25 days ago

Thanks Howard

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