The Jaguar E-Type is one of the most beautiful and iconic cars that has ever been built and very high on every motoring enthusiast or collector’s wish list.
Their sweeping lines and high performance stunned the motoring world when they were first launched all those years ago, and they’re certainly still capable of making you catch your breath at their sheer road presence and beauty when you see them out and about on the road or at a classic car show.
This Series 2 FHC was sourced and imported from America in 1989 by the current owner, coming with verified mileage and in need of restoration. His first step was to strip the car right back to its chassis to begin its ground up restoration. There’s happily a huge file of history, paperwork and many photographs which document the car’s progress through the various restoration stages.
New floors, cills, and a couple of body panels were all fitted and then the whole chassis and body was treated for rust prevention and then primed and flattened in preparation for a bare metal respray with its new colour of British Racing Green in preference to its original Willow Green.
A new complete wiring loom was fitted, the suspension arms were all rebuilt, given a chrome finish and refitted using poly bushes in place of the original rubber ones. Adjustable shock absorbers are fitted and the engine has been stripped and rebuilt and runs beautifully with the uprated Weber carburettors that have been fitted.
The restoration included the complete re-trim of the interior in its original Cinnamon colour with the end result being the superbly presented E-Type that, after 34 years of loving ownership, looks fantastic and has been kept in great mechanical health, being used sparingly and kept garaged in a Carcoon, which is included along with the car.
The History and Paperwork
First registered in 1970 in the USA
Imported by the current owner in 1989
Documented history and mileage
Major restoration to body and chassis
Engine stripped and rebuilt
Certificate of authenticity from Jaguar
Original owner’s manual and handbooks
Workshop and parts manuals
V5c present showing only 1 UK owner
2 sets of keys
During his 34-year ownership of this FHC E-Type and following the extensive restoration of the car, the car has been consistently maintained, fettled and enjoyed sparingly on special occasions.
Cinnamon leather interior
MotoLita wooden steering wheel
Updated stereo head with USB connectivity
Having been completely professionally retrimmed in its original Cinnamon colour with all new carpets, headlining and leather seat coverings the interior presents incredibly well with hardly a sign of any wear and tear.
The seats are supportive and comfortable and all the instruments are clear with some very light ageing around the bezels, there’s a lovely MotoLita period wooden steering wheel and a useful centre cubby box and armrest too.
The fabulous centre dash is complete with all the switches and all the electrics work, with the oil pressure gauge converted to work more efficiently and accurately with an analogue oil pressure sensor.
Under the floor in the luggage area there is the spare wheel, jack and the all-important copper mallet to undo the chrome wheel spinners, and there is also a full toolkit.
Excellent British Racing Green paintwork
Excellent wire wheels all with good Dunlop Sport radial tyres
Great overall condition
Repainted in British Racing Green, the car looks exceptional from all angles, the paint having a good, deep shine to it with the chrome trim and wire wheels really helping to show off and accentuate the car’s fabulous curves and classic lines.
All the body panels and doors are all nice and straight with good panel gaps all-round with only the rear hatch or door sitting slightly proud of the body and a small dent in the body just rear of the huge bonnet, which also has an annoying, but hardly noticeable, dent in the centre bulge. The external chrome is beginning to show its age in a few places, but all the lights and windows are free from any cracks or damage.
The car looks great from all angles and sits squarely and purposefully on the tarmac on its wire wheels and Dunlop Sport tyres.
Under the bonnet and underneath the car everything looks to be in excellent condition and free from any obvious issues or concerns.
Regularly maintained and driven
4.2 engine fully rebuilt
New brake discs, pads and callipers
Webber Carburettors (original SUs sold with car)
The 4.2 litre straight-six engine has received a complete strip down and rebuild, with new pistons, a full re-bore, new engine studs, a balanced crankshaft and new bearings. The head was completely stripped with the ports all polished and gas-flowed and the original SU carburettor set-up has been replaced with the more efficient Webbers.
A new clutch has been fitted and both the gearbox and rear differential stripped down, inspected and rebuilt with new seals and fluids. The original rope seal on the engine has been replaced with a more friendly lip-seal to stop oil drips when stored for long periods. The car benefits from electronic ignition, an uprated fuel pump and regulator, and was treated to an oil change just three months ago.
Constantly maintained throughout his long-term ownership the car has been treated to on-going fettling and attention to keep the car in excellent running order and it is reported to start on the button and drive superbly, with no issues to report of any kind.
Extensively restored to a very high standard and cherished by the same owner since its importation in 1989, this is a very well sorted and superbly presented Series 2 4.2 E-Type FHC that would sit proudly in anyone’s private car collection or garage.
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1970 Jaguar Series 2 E-Type FHC LHD
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