1970 Jaguar 4.2 liter e-type series 2 coupe


Primrose yellow with black interior

Car #: 1R 27581

Engine #: 7R 9996-9 (matching numbers)

My first Jaguar e-type, which I purchased over 40 years ago, was a series 2 Primrose yellow roadster. Since then, I’ve owned over 100 e-types. Everything from an early flat floor, external bonnet locks to one of the very last V12 e-types.

When I first saw this Primrose yellow coupe it brough back memories of the fun I had with my first e-type. Series 2 cars are by far the easiest to live with as they have improved engine cooling, better seats, better brakes, etc. and yet are the most affordable.

I prefer the design of the coupes and find them more interesting than the roadsters. The biggest drawback is coupes have a tendency of getting warm inside the cabin, especially if you live in a place like Georgia with our hot and muggy summers. This coupe solves that problem. Not only does it have factory AC but the previous owner did a COMPLETE upgrade of the system while still maintaining the original look inside the cabin, The AC hoses, condenser, evaporator, compressor and dryer were all upgraded to accept R134a refrigerant. In addition, the engine cooling capacity was increased with an aluminum radiator. The previous owner did additional sensible upgrades such as a gear reduction starter and a Pertonix electronic ignition. This link provides a list of the work done before I purchased the car.

Another thing that attracted me to this car was it contained the original owner’s manual in its pouch, the original invoice and the original maintenance manual with the metal ID stamped with the first owner’s name. These items mostly get lost over the years and are seldom still with a car. The car also came with a Jaguar Heritage Certificate which shows it retains its original color combination and chassis/engine.

My goal with this car, in addition to having some fun driving it, was to make it better utilizing many of the new parts I had available after 40 years of collecting e-types. Of course, I also had to buy some additional stuff, such as a complete stainless-steel exhaust. Before putting effort and money into the car an engine compression test was done and valve clearances checked. Both got the thumbs up.

The car received a new clutch, new upper and lower ball joints, new tie rod ends, new engine mounts, new transmission mounts, new stainless steel exhaust …. and much more. For a list of the work I’ve done after this purchase, click on this link.

The paint is older and most likely lacquer as there are areas which show checking. Stand back 6 feet and the paint looks very good.  Chrome is nice as are the wire wheels. The interior is very nice with many original parts. All gauges work, including the clock! AC blows very cold. Brakes and transmission work as they should. This is a great driver quality car that has been loved through the years and is ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.


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