1969 Jaguar-Projects XKE Series 2 4.2 2+2
|Performance:||4.2 DOHC in-line 6, 2 SU carbs|
|Features:||Air Conditioning, Philips AM/FM Radio|
This 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 2+2 is a matching-numbers example, with what is believed to be only 47,512 original miles driven since new. The 2+2 was taken apart several years ago by it's previous owner in order to have a clutch installed, but was never completed. It was originally delivered with a Silver exterior with a Black interior, and stands as an excellent core car example for a restoration. Classic Showcase is offering this 2+2 as-is, or our Jaguar professionals at Classic Showcase may restore it for you - please contact us for more information!
The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). The 2+2 version with a lengthened wheelbase was released several years later. The Series 2 introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration mandates. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers, which affected several other imported cars, like the Citroën DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this step was applied worldwide for the E-Type. Other hallmarks of Series 2 cars are a wrap-around rear bumper, larger front indicators and tail lights re-positioned below the bumpers, and an enlarged grille and twin electric fans to aid cooling. Additional U.S.-inspired changes included a steering lock which moved the ignition switch to the steering column, replacing the dashboard mounted ignition and push button starter, the symmetrical array of metal toggle switches replaced with plastic rockers, and a collapsible steering column to absorb impact in the event of an accident. New seats allowed the fitment of head restraints, as required by U.S. law beginning in 1969. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial "ribbed" appearance. It was de-tuned in the US with twin two-barrel Strombergs replacing three SUs. Combined with larger valve clearances horsepower was reduced from 265 to 246 and torque from 283 to 263. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.