1969 Jaguar XKE Series 2

The Jaguar XKE Series 2 (or the E-Type Series 2, as it was also known) had improved engine cooling and more comfort compared to the XKE Series 1, but at the expense of some of the earlier car's lively performance. This example shows a stock color with a fiberglass top, both rather rare.

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Vehicle Type Jaguar XKE Series 2
Year Built 1969
Built By Jaguar
Suspension Front - Independent with torsion bars; Rear: Independent with four coil springs
Engine Inline 6 cylinder, iron block, aluminum head with two overhead camshafts, two valves per cylinder, horsepower - 265
Top Speed 150
0-60 mph 7.0 seconds
Wheelbase 96 inches
Number Built 1969-1970, 18,820
Owner Woodland Family Collection

History

The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. The Series 2 was intruduced in 1969. The XKE's combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. The E-Type was based on Jaguar's D-Type racing car designed by William Heynes, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years beginning 1955, and employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. No ladder frame chassis, as was common at the time, was needed and as such the first cars weighed only 1315kg (2900 lb).

When the XKE was released on 15 March 1961, Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made". In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time. Outside automotive circles, the E-type received prominent placement in Diabolik comic series, Austin Powers films and the television series Mad Men.

The Series 2 introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration mandates. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers, which affected several other imported cars, like the Citro├źn DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this step was applied worldwide for the E-Type.

Other hallmarks of Series 2 cars are a wrap-around rear bumper, larger front indicators and tail lights re-positioned below the bumpers, and an enlarged grille and twin electric fans to aid cooling.

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