1971 Jaguar E-type Series 2 FHC

Highlights

  • Matching numbers example in factory right-hand drive
  • An original and supremely usable example
  • One of the last Series 2 XK-engined E-Types
  • Fitted with a period Tudor-Webasto sunroof
  • Classically finished in British Racing Green over tan leather
  • Benefits from copious recent work

The Appeal

The second (and much improved) iteration of the E-Type came along in 1968, and to many enthusiasts, it's this short-lived and rare “Series 2” that represents a sweet spot in the range. While the stunning looks of the original thankfully changed little, the engine capacity grew to 4.2 litres, cooling was improved and several other small tweaks were made - both to meet stringent US market requirements and enhance everyday usability.
This 1971 ‘Fixed Head Coupé’ is in very good condition while remaining highly usable. £1,776 has recently been spent ensuring that it runs and drives exactly as it should, while a wealth of older invoices shows this car has been doted upon for decades. It sports an attractive age-commensurate patina to its British Racing Green paintwork while remaining in very sound order throughout. 
The FHC variant boasts prettier lines than 2+2 models, while this example further benefits from a period Tudor-Webasto sunroof allowing you to enjoy the open air practically to the same extent as a Roadster. The vendor confirms that is matching numbers and was supplied new to the UK in right-hand drive.
For those seeking an E-Type to drive and enjoy without worrying about the odd stone chip, this one is eminently worthy of your consideration.

 
 

The History and Paperwork

  • Exempt from road tax and MOT testing
  • Benefits from a fresh 12 months MOT with no advisories valid until 25th June 2025
  • 79,952 miles indicated
  • Eight former registered keepers
  • Jaguar Heritage Trust Production Record Trace Certificate
  • Originally supplied in Sable over Beige by Henlys, London
  • Collection of old MOT certificates dating back to 1988
  • Repairs to the sills, floors and footwells detailed in an invoice dated 5th July 1994
  • Bare metal respray and door skin replacement dated 27th January 1995
  • Suspension and brake rebuild detailed in an invoice dated 10th October 2003
  • Major service/mechanical overhaul carried out in February 2005
  • Recent expenditure includes

 
 

The Condition

  • Desirable FHC variant, renowned for its beautiful styling
  • British Racing Green paintwork in good overall condition
  • Some small chips, fine scratches and a few blisters
  • The bodywork appears very straight overall and the panels appear to align well
  • Lightly patinated homework and wire wheels
  • The sunroof fabric appears in good shape and the vendor demonstrates that it operates correctly
  • The tan leather upholstery presents beautifully with minimal wear
  • Slight marks to the floor of the luggage compartment
  • The door cards present well, as do the carpets and the headlining
  • Stunning wood-rimmed sports steering wheel
  • The instruments and switchgear appear in good shape
  • A slot has previously been cut for a radio to be fitted
Having undergone some bodywork restoration and a bare metal respray during the mid-1990s, this Jaguar has solid bones. The paintwork and trim have since accrued a light patina as befits a car of this vintage. All continues to present beautifully inside and we understand all the cabin electrics, instruments and controls to be in good order.

 
 

The Mechanics 

  • 4.2-litre XK straight-six with three SU carburettors
  • Four-speed manual gearbox
  • Well-presented engine compartment
Work completed in April 2024 included:
  • Cylinder head removal, inspection and replacement of head gasket
  • New thermostat
  • Exhaust studs, nuts and sundries
  • Fresh antifreeze
  • Replacement of various washers and fuel unions
  • New damper rod
  • New ignition switch

The Series 2 was the last E-Type to feature the brilliant XK DOHC straight-six. Make no mistake, the V12 fitted to its successor was a magnificent engine in its own right, but for those seeking the quintessential E-Type experience, the six-cylinder cars are the ones to go for. This car of course features the 4.2-litre version, which in European trim is fed by a trio of SU carburettors while power is sent to the rear wheels via a four-speed manual gearbox. The vendor informs us that the Jaguar drives very well following the recent work and we’re not informed of any apparent faults or untoward noises.

 

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Auction Details
  • Year 1971
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model E-Type
  • Colour Dark green
  • Mileage 79,952 Miles
  • Engine size 4200
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Weybridge
  • County Surrey
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Auction ends
Bidding history
39 Bids
  • bo•••• £34,750 02/07/24
  • fr•••• £34,500 02/07/24
  • bo•••• £34,250 02/07/24
  • fr•••• £34,000 02/07/24
  • bo•••• £33,750 02/07/24
  • fr•••• £33,500 02/07/24
  • bo•••• £33,000 02/07/24
  • St•••• £32,000 02/07/24
  • un•••• £31,500 02/07/24
  • fr•••• £31,000 02/07/24

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