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The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a rear-wheel drive grand tourer in two-seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as a two-seater convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). A “2+2″ four-seater version of the coupé, with a lengthened wheelbase, was released several years later.
On its release Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made”.
Later model updates of the E-Type were officially designated “Series 2″ and “Series 3″, and over time the earlier cars have come to be referred to as, sensibly, “Series 1″ and “Series 1½”.
Of the “Series 1″ cars, Jaguar manufactured some limited-edition variants, inspired by motor racing
The major hallmarks of Series 2 cars are open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged “mouth” and twin electric fans, and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial “ribbed” appearance. It was de-tuned in the US with twin Strombergs and larger valve clearances, but in the UK retained triple SUs and the much tighter valve clearances. (Late Series 1½ cars also had ribbed cam covers). The interior and dashboard were also redesigned; rocker switches that met US health and safety regulations were substituted for toggle switches. The dashboard switches also lost their symmetrical layout. New seats were fitted, which some purists claimed that it lacked the style of the originals but were certainly more comfortable. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options.
Production according to Robson is 13,490 of all types.
Our 1969 XKE 2+2 Jaguar is an exceptional example of a timeless classic. The paint is mostly blemish free and in quality condition. A repaint is likely due to the asymmetrical nature of the quality of the exterior versus the quality of the interior. The interior may need to be completely gone through and restored or replaced. That being said this Jaguar is unlikely to be more than a month of weekend pleasure away from perfection for the experienced restorer.