The History Of The Jaguar E-Type Series 2 (Infographic)

Resulting in three series during its 15 years of production, the Jaguar E-Type is known as one of the most iconic classic sports cars of its era. First introduced in 1961, the E-Type’s memorable design was based on the Jaguar D-Type racing car, with the impact of its strong bodywork evident in each iteration of the E-Type series.

The Series 2 E-type ran from October 1968 to September 1970, with a total of 18,808 cars produced during its two short years of production. Series 2 of the Jaguar E-Type was available in several versions, including the 4.2-litre engine Open Two Seater, Fixed Head Coupe and Two Plus Two.

US Law inspired features of the Series 2 E-Type

The second series of the Jaguar E-Type featured a few significant design changes from the original model, most of which were inspired by mandatory National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration requirements in the US - which also impacted several other imported car makes and models. However, while the changes to fit requirements would typically impact only the US production of other cars, the E-Type implemented the change in its headlight design across production worldwide.

The Series 2 E-Type, like many others, moved away from the previously popular design choice of glass headlight covers, instead opting for open headlights which were repositioned further forward.

Other changes to the E-Type that were inspired by US regulations included plastic rocker switches to replace the original metal toggles, the steering column being made to be collapsible, so it could absorb impact in the event of an accident, as well as the ignition switch being relocated to the steering column. This replaced the dashboard-mounted ignition and the push-button starter due to the introduction of a steering lock.

The Series 2 4.2-litre Two Plus Two model also features redesigned seats with headrests, to meet the requirements of the new U.S. law.

The Series 2 Jaguar E-Type Model

Perhaps the most notable physical changes that set the Series 2 E-Type apart from the Series 1 models were the differences in bodywork and overall shape of the car. While still exhibiting much of the timeless charm of the Series 1 E-Type’s original bodywork, the Series 2 cars featured a large oval intake in the nose of the bonnet, as well as a wrap-around rear bumper and an enlarged grille.

The infographic below explores each of the Series 2 models, looking at their updated features and other elements that set them apart from the original Series 1 Jaguar E-type model.

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