The E-Type Series 2 cars that were available in 1969, 1970 and 1971 introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. design legislation. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers, and rear lamps below raised bumpers, and a larger radiator air inlet "mouth." Safety considerations also meant that following 1968's rocker switch introduction, the steering column was made collapsible and headrests were added. A steeper-raked windshield on 2+2 models brought more glass but only two windscreen wipers. A glove-box door was now fitted on all models, together with perforated leather upholstery and newly available power steering. Brakes were new Girling disc brakes with three-piston calipers at the front and two-piston versions at the rear.
A combination steering lock and ignition key was fitted to the steering column, which replaced the dashboard mounted ignition switch and charismatic push button starter. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a stronger, "ribbed" variety. 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. This detuned engine produced 245 hp (183 kW), a drop of 20 hp over the UK version. It is thought a total 18,809 Series 2 E-Types were built.
This original UK RHD Series 2 Roadster E-Type has been owned by the vendor since 1992, and during this time it has been maintained by a recognised specialist. The car has been progressively upgraded in the hands of the current owner, including a T5 5-speed gearbox conversion, Harvey Bailey front handling kit, and continual engine tweaking by specialists.
In 2015, the car was stripped back to bare metal, and repainted in gorgeous Opalescent Dark Green. This process took over a year to complete, and the car obtained an MOT shortly after the body was complete. The vendor then planned to refit the trim himself, however plans changed and this never happened, with the car remaining unused up until this day. In 2016 the car had a gearbox rebuild and rear ventilated brakes fitted.
The car is presented with all parts removed before the body work restoration, including all the trim and brightwork, ready to complete as a fun project car. The vendor states that the car is in running order, as he drove it home 30 miles after it’s last MOT at the end of the body build. The car comes with a Heritage certificate.
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