It is understandable that the early flat-floor Series 1 E-Types are the ones making the big money, but few would argue that the Series 2 models are better drivers' cars - they possess more cockpit space and superior transmission and braking. According to its accompanying Jaguar Heritage certificate, the Series 2 Roadster offered here was manufactured on June 3, 1969 and finished in Primrose Yellow with contrasting Black interior trim. It was a lefthand drive export model and shipped to British Leyland's agent in New York for delivery to its first owner. Little is currently known about its ensuing history, though somewhere along the way it has been treated to a righthand drive conversion and been resprayed in Dark Blue that's teamed with Cream-coloured interior trim.
When the vendor found it, it was hiding in a large shed in Southern Spain. It had apparently been taxed from 1997 to 2001 but removed from the road in September 2005, the date of its last MOT. It hadn't turn a wheel since until the vendor bought it and carried out a degree of mild recommissioning - eg he reconditioned the cooling fans, renewed the brake and clutch seals and water hoses, carried out a full oil service, administered some repairs to the bonnet paintwork and treated the Jaguar to a thorough polish. This apparently now tidy example features a colour-matched hood, rides on chrome wire wheels and is offered with V5C. Surely the perfect transport for next summer's sunshine.
The Series 2 E-type production ran from 1968 to 1971, when it was supplanted by the still more federally-orientated V12-powered Series 3. Purists mourned the change to larger lamp clusters and other design details dictated by USA regulations - the E-Type's prime marketplace - but the overall outline of Malcolm Sayer's masterpiece remained unchanged. The total production of Series 2 Roadsters was 8,627.