This beautiful Series II Jaguar E-Type has recently been shipped back to Europe after 45 years in the US. This roadster from Arizona is in a in an exceptionally good condition: The vehicle has been completely repainted in Germany. The side marker lights have been removed, so that the E-Type visually resembles the European model.
The black hood is intact and displays only the slightest patina, as does the black leather interior. All chrome parts are very good and shiny. The E-type comes with chrome spoke wheels, also in good condition.
The windscreen has been replaced. The dashboard is free of visible damage.
The Jag is powered by the 4.2 litre straight six cylinder engine, providing 183 kW (249 hp) and coupled to a four-speed manual transmission. The engine starts up without fail and runs as it should. To prevent overheating, two new engine fans have been installed. The vehicle has got technical approval till 04/2017 and historic plates. A recent Classic Data appraisal evaluates this E-Type in condition 2 at € 93,000.
E-Type prices have only known one direction for many years. This S2 roadster will more than just retain its value – and it is fun to drive.
The essence of automotive beauty
No other than Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type the most beautiful car ever made, and even if beauty is always in the eye of the beholder, not too many people would have contradicted him since. The debut of the XK-E, called “E-Type”, in 1961 was nothing short of a sensation. Its unrivalled elegant styling was complemented by plenty of power, and all of that at a relatively moderate price.
Over the years, the successful model was modified in several ways: From the spring of 1966 there was a 2 + 2-seater version with an extended wheelbase. In 1967, the headlight covers fell victim to American safety regulations. On the engine side, there were six-cylinder engines with 3.8 and later 4.2 litres, and as of 1971, twelve-cylinder motors to choose from. Production of the compact two-seaters ceased in 1971, the so-called Series III was only offered as a 2+2-seater.
A classic of superlatives, that’s all there is to it.