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This matching numbers UK supplied Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 FHC, still in its original colours of Light Blue with Black trim was manufactured on the 30th October 1968 and distributed by Henlys London. This is a very early UK Series II FHC being chassis number 16 and interestingly it was not registered until 1987 as it was on Diplomatic number plates for 19 years. The most recent owner, in an attempt to find out more about the cars early life did track down the cars first registered keeper, then a 22-year-old living in London. He purchased the car in London from a South African gentleman and then registered the car, being allocated with the registration number CYY 78G. The E-Type stayed with its first registered owner from 1987 to 1994.
The second recorded owner kept the E-Type from 1994 to 1997, and it was sold in stripped down condition and photos in the history file support this. The E-Type was with its third owner from 1997 to 2004 and he carried out a restoration in 1997/1998, photographs in the file show a bare rolling shell with doors, bonnet, tailgate, engine, interior all removed. From completion in 1998 the E-Type was used on various Jaguar Owners Club events, one trip being a tour of Denmark. The E-Type was sold in 2004, and again in 2006 but it then stayed with the same owner until early 2017. This owner covered around 10,000 miles over 11 years of ownership and sold the car to the most recent owner due to a retirement move from the South Coast of England to Southern Ireland.
The most recent owner has covered 3000 faultless miles in the car over the spring and summer. His plan was to own another E-Type having had one back in the 1980's and wanted a strong, robust and usable example to have one summer of enjoyment with. He purchased this car in April, collecting it near Bexhill on Sea and driving it 275 miles to York. The car performed faultlessly with 45 psi oil pressure the whole way with a steady temperature. The E-Type was then booked in with a Jaguar specialist for some checks and servicing. The E-Type was used weekly, regularly doing a 110-mile round trip to Whitby and back and as recently as early October was driven down to Usk in South Wales. The following day the car was driven from Usk to Bristol city centre and back to Usk before a route home through the Brecon Beacons. The E-Type covered 570 miles in a couple of days proving once again to be a totally reliable, strong usable car. The E-Type has now covered 3000 of faultless driving over a short period and the engine has only required one litre of oil over the six months and the water has never required topping up.
Since the 1997/1998 restoration the E-Type has covered 20,000 miles and the recent use gives us great confidence in the car. There is no doubt, with an interesting history, provenance of matching numbers, being a UK car and still in its original colours that it is a better car than you may think on first impressions. With flaking chrome on the front bumper, a pitted rear bumper, a garage wall scrape on the nearside front wing, the car does look like a real user and is clearly not cosmetically perfect. The paintwork is bright and acceptable after 20 years since the restoration and whilst panel gaps are not perfect, the car is structurally strong/sound and a great base for improvement over winter months or as the most recent owner has done, is just ideal for driving, enjoying and covering some mileage. The interior is highly original, it has clearly has new carpets but the leather is original and whilst some would say it's tatty, it has survived. With chrome wire wheels, the highly desirable water tight webasto sunroof the car has some nice features but more importantly, its mechanical strength and provenance make this a very attractively priced E-Type FHC.