This 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 is a beautiful grand tourer that would make a usable driver with some careful recommissioning, or could be a great base for a thorough restoration. It is powered by the US-specification 4.2-litre straight-six engine, fed by twin Stromberg carburettors, and paired with the three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission. This particular car also features the rare factory-fitted power steering. The odometer indicates 87,745 miles from new, which is unwarranted but may well be correct.
An original left-hand drive 2+2, this Jaguar was originally delivered to the US, where it spent all of its life up until very recently. It was subsequently imported to the UK, and is now a taxes-paid car with a NOVA clearance certificate from HMRC on file.
As you would expect from an E-Type sourced from a dry state, the car is in solid overall condition, with fair paintwork in Light Blue that shows evidence of repainting in the past. There is very little surface rust on the panels, although there is obvious damage to the body along the driver’s side flank. The paint also shows micro-blistering in several places.
The rubbers and seals around the car are all sound, with the exception of the windscreen surround. The front screen has also been replaced at some point, though all of the rest of the glass appears to be original and with no cracks. All of the chrome trim is present and is in fair order. It sits on a set of wire wheels with centre-locking nuts, which are all in good order.
Its Dark Blue interior benefits from front seats that have evidently been retrimmed at some point and are very presentable. There are a few minor blemishes in the leather on the driver’s seat, but they are otherwise in good order with a handsome patina. The back seats appear to be trimmed in the original upholstery, and show numerous blemishes that you would expect on unrestored leather of this age.
The headlining is missing, and the factory air-conditioning is not currently working as there is no compressor fitted. The steering wheel is an aftermarket item, and the driver’s footwell carpet is also not present. Overall, the interior is in the condition you would expect of a 50-year-old unrestored car, and represents a great opportunity for someone looking for a project.
The car runs and drives, but has not been fully trialled on a longer road test. Some work has been carried out to the rear axle with new springs and shock absorbers. While the car has been cleared by UK customs, it has not been put through an MOT test. The wire wheels are shod in period-style Michelin tyres.
This Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2-litre 2+2 is a highly original car that is ready to be taken on by an enthusiast or a professional restorer to bring it back to an impressive standard. It benefits from dry-state provenance, as well as a handsome factory colour scheme. Once revived and recommissioned, it would make a wonderfully elegant and characterful classic tourer.