Jaguar debuted the second series E-Type in 1968. Federal regulations in the United States, Jaguar’s most lucrative market, drove some of the changes, including revised lighting and the shift to a pair of Stromberg carburetors in place of the three SU units of earlier E-Types. Externally, the air intake was substantially increased in size, a change masked by larger, full-width bumpers that were matched at the rear to meet the U.S. low-speed impact requirements.
The well-proven 4.2-liter inline six-cylinder XK engine was little changed, although a higher-capacity water pump was fitted, taking advantage of the enlarged radiator air intake and better adapting the E-Type to warmer climates. The car was equipped with bigger Girling brakes with three-piston calipers at the front and two-piston calipers at the rear, while the interior now featured reclining seats as standard equipment. In short, the evolution of the E-Type meant that buyers of the Series 2 got a much better, more comfortable, and more reliable Jaguar—attributes that complemented its already well-established reputation for superior performance, handling, and looks.
This beautiful 1969 4.2-Litre roadster was restored some years ago by RM Auto Restorations. It has been meticulously maintained since and driven roughly 1,000 miles, used exclusively for shows. In 2017, the car was judged at a Jaguar Club North America event where it scored an impressive 991.7 out of 1,000 possible points. A six-point deduction for not having horns has since been alleviated, with fully functional horns installed. Given the improvement, the car would presumably score closer to that perfect 1,000-point mark. The car was recently mechanically sorted, which included a tune up; as well as a restoration of the braking and suspension systems.
The E-Type is arguably the most iconic road-going car Jaguar ever produced. This example, having been judged to a very high standard by marque experts and more recently benefitted from a mechanical sorting, is sure to impress future owners for years to come.