The Jaguar E-Type (XKE) series 2 4.2

Years 1968-1971 See also
E-Type Series 1 3.8
E-Type Series 1 4.2
E-Type Series 3 5.3 V12
Notes Many of the changes made to the E-Type to transform it to the Series 2 had already appeared one by one in the rolling change made to the Series 1 in 1967/68. The Series 2 met the federal standards for the 1969 model year.  Further changes were made to the headlights which were moved further forward, and the opening size was increased.  (The glass cover had been lost in the Series 1 1/2 changes, but the new forward position of the lights was accentuated by large chrome bezels.). Front and rear side lamps were enlarged and moved below the bumpers. There was a new hood/bonnet which incorporated a  larger air cooling intake at the front of the car to aid with cooling.  Wire wheels lost their spinners in the name of safety. (Actually this was one of the changes made during the production span of the Series 1 1/2 the previous year but now applied to home market as well).  A more noticeable change was made to the 2+2 model which involved moving the base of the windshield forward several inches. This model had a deeper windshield, and this change made it appear less upright than it had on the series 1 model.

Heavier one piece bumpers replaced the split bumpers which had been fitted on previous models both front and rear.

Inside the car reclining seats were fitted, and the safety changes made to the dashboard during the Series 1 1/2 updates were retained.  Door handles were recessed for further safety. Extra comfort options became available for the first time, air conditioning and power steering, and  steel wheels with full covers (from the comtemporary XJ6 Series 1) were also a new option. Stove enamel finish wire wheels were still standard however.

Description 2 door sports, available in three body styles
  • Roadster
  • Fixed Head Coupe
  • Fixed Head Coupe 2+2
Colors See the E-Type (XKE) colors page
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1970 4.2 liter Open two seater (OTS) Roadster model

Model Engine Bore/Stroke Power
E-Type 4.2 Series 1 4235 cc 6 cyl twin overhead camshaft 92.07 x 106 mm 265 bhp @ 5400 rpm
246 bhp @ 5500 rpm (Federal)
Three SU HD8   home market, (2 Stromberg CD2SE - federalized version)
Engine was the  Jaguar XK type DOHC inline 6.
Brakes 4 wheel disc (Girling), with servo assist
(Various sources differ, slightly and these numbers are close estimates)
Fixed Head
Fixed Head 2+2
Total 18808
Roadster 2770 pounds
FHC 2900 pounds
FHC 2+2 3090 pounds
Length 14 feet 7 1/2 inches  (Roadster and FHC), 15 feet 4 1/2 inches (FHC 2+2)
Height 3 feet 11 inches  (Roadster and FHC), 4 feet 2 1/2 inches (FHC 2+2)
Width 5 feet 4 1/2 inches 
Top speed 150 mph  (with manual transmission)
Wheelbase 96 inches  (Roadster and FHC), 105 inches (FHC 2+2)
Transmission 4-speed manual. All synchromesh. Optional Borg Warner auotmatic transmission on the FHC 2+2 model.
Front Independent. Torsion bars, double wishbones and anti-roll bar
Rear Independent, coil springs. Mounted in separate subframe.
Chassis Numbers
Roadster 1R1001 and up (RHD models)
1R7001 and up  (LHD models)
Fixed Head 1R20001 and up (RHD models)
1R25001 and up (LHD models)
Fixed Head 2+2 1R35001 and up (RHD models)
1R40001 and up (LHD models)
Note:  a few 1971 model cars were manufactured, available alongside the new Series III model. These cars had a chassis number prefix of 2R. We are indebted to Lee Scott of Birmingham, Alabama for this information. Lee also informs us that the 1971 cars have a small chrome trim ring around the air intake in the hood, and Jaguar medallions on the side of the hood. (bonnet for English enthusiasts)
Engine Numbers
All models 7R prefix. then 4 or 5 digit engine number. For further details see XKE Engine numbers page
Standard Equipment Leather seating on all models, Wire wheels 72 spoke, 15" rim x 5" wide (silver colored). Chrome wheels of the same dimensions were optional extras.
Options Chrome wire wheels. Various radios, fog lights,   White wall tires. 3 speed automatic transmission on 2+2 model, Electrically heated glass for rear window of coupes. Air conditioning and power steering were added to the options list. for the Series 2.
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