As part of Jaguar's continuous development and improvement of the XKE, the Series II, which Jaguar introduced in late 1968, incorporated a number of changes, many of them needed to meet new U.S. safety regulations, and included a larger oval air intake and more robust bumpers and more prominent marker lights. What didn't change was the 4.2 liter engine and full synchromesh 4-speed transmission which had proved themselves entirely satisfactory, particularly to U.S. customers, and the gorgeous bodywork that owed many cues to Malcolm Sayer's breakthrough design of the racing D-type.
Everyone exposed to the XKE, or E-type as it was known in Britain and Europe, was captivated by its sleekness, particularly the gorgeous fastback coupe with its side-hinged rear window/hatch. The XKE coupe built on the D-type's sensuous wind-cheating curves with a nearly perfect expression of form following function, a design that has continued to inspire the admiration of owners and onlookers alike for a half-century. This 1970 XKE Series II coupe is a beautiful, fully restored example in maroon with grey leather upholstery that has seen some use since its restoration but has been very well and sympathetically taken care of. It is fitted with factory air conditioning, a highly desirable option that cost a not insignificant $482 when new, chrome wire wheels, red line tires and a radio as well as the fully synchronized 4-speed manual transmission. Exceptionally, consistently and proudly presented, it will be a delightful car for tours in the summer months with its air conditioning keeping the cabin comfortable and the unparalleled beauty of its coupe coachwork fulfilling the Jaguar promise of 'Grace, Space, Pace.'
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