1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster (1 owner from new!)
The Swallow Sidecar Company was founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley. In 1934 Lyons formed SS Cars Limited to effectively take over the operation from Walmsley. The SS brand was quite successful, though they had a reputation for having ‘more show than go’. The Jaguar name first appeared as a model name on an SS 2½ Litre Sports Saloon introduced in 1936. For political reasons, Lyons changed the name of his company to Jaguar Cars in 1945.
The SS100 built between 1936 and 1941 is today regarded as one of the great pre-war sports cars, however, it was the launch of the legendary Jaguar XK120 at the London Motor Show in 1948 that really put Jaguar on the map. The car caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The XK120 morphed into the XK140 and ultimately the XK150 and in total, just over 30,000 cars were built over 15 years of production.
In 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show Jaguar introduced the E-Type, which like the XK120 all those years ago, took the motoring world by storm. The body styling was simply gorgeous and technologically the E-Type was an engineering masterpiece and it set new standards in all areas.
Whilst automotive styling is somewhat subjective the E-Type is often ranked atop lists of ‘the most beautiful cars’ and in fact it has been described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’. And it’s not just about the looks as the E-Type is often at the top of other lists such as ‘the best sports car ever built’ or ‘the most significant cars’. It is truly a motoring icon.
As a testament to the success of the E-Type, production evolved through three series from 1961 until 1974 during which time circa 70,000 cars were built.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer for sale a factory right hand drive 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster. This car is an incredible ‘time capsule’ and offered from single family ownership. The Jaguar Heritage Certificate on file confirms this factory right hand example was manufactured on the 10th July 1969 with a date of despatch of 10th September 1969. The original dealer is noted as ‘Personal Export Delivery’. The car’s original colour scheme was signal red with a black interior and black soft top.
The car was collected from the Jaguar factory new and immediately taken to New Zealand with its first owner who immigrated there with his family. The warranty card is stamped by Shelley Motors Ltd from Wellington, New Zealand. The owner and his family moved to Brisbane, Australia in circa 1982 bringing their beloved E-Type with them.
There are books (including an owner’s manual), an excellent history file, the original gearbox, tool kit and jack that will accompany the car.
- factory RHD example, noted as a ‘Personal Export Delivery’ on the Heritage Certificate
- single ownership from new!
- matching numbers and finished in its original colour scheme of signal red with a black interior and black soft top.
- rare factory hard top (black).
- an older repaint that presents beautifully.
- exceptional panel gaps.
- Jaguar Heritage Certificate and books (including the owner’s manual, original service book and original warranty card).
- a real ‘time capsule’ that is just a delight to drive.
Hard to find another like this!
- Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Roadster
- 59,761 miles