1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Roadster

  • Brand: Jaguar
  • Car Code: 180940

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Roadster

The first significant up-grade of Jaguar's sensational E-Type sports car occurred in October 1964 with the launch of the 4.2-liter version. Along with the bigger, torquier engine came a more user-friendly gearbox with synchromesh on first gear, and a superior Lockheed brake servo. Apart from '4.2' badging, the car's external appearance was unchanged but under the skin there were numerous detail improvements.

These mainly concerned the cooling and electrical systems, the latter gaining an alternator and adopting the industry standard negative ground, while the interior boasted a matt black dashboard and improved seating arrangements. The top speed of around 240km/h remained unchanged, the main performance gain resulting from the larger engine being improved acceleration. Like its 3.8-liter forbear, the 4.2-liter E-Type was built in roadster and coupe forms, and in 1966 gained an additional 2+2 coupé variant on a 9" longer wheelbase.

Being described as "The most beautiful car" by Enzo Ferrari, the Jaguar E-type epitomized the glamour and excitement of the 60s. The E-Type became a "Must Have" accessory for the jet set like Princess Grace, Steve McQueen, Tony Curtiss, Charlton Heston, Frank Sinatra and many others.

In 1968 all three versions of the E-Type underwent major revision to comply with US safety and emissions legislation. Interior changes included a collapsible steering column and rocker switches in place of the earlier toggles. The primary exterior change was open headlights so the car could be seen from the side at night and to eliminate condensation that caused limited visibility and rust.

Descriptions & pictures by bonhams & wikipedia

Production Start 1969
Country of origin Great Britain