The Jaguar E-Type Series 2 Sports Car

Jaguar E-Type Series 2 – A close look at this classic sports car’s performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices.

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Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5

At the tail end of the production of the Series 1 Jaguar sports Car, around March 1968, between ten and twenty units had their headlights modified by removing the glass cover, and altering the concave area below which they were positioned.

The result of this was to produce a stronger light on these cars that were destined for the UK market.

Since this variant was quite unique in terms of the limited numbers of units involved, it was therefore ranked as the rarest of all E-Types.

In 1968, the US government introduced new legislation relating to impact during a crash, and the control of exhaust emissions.

Since this affected all three E-Type variants, the company decided to phase the changes in gradually, starting near the end of production of the Series 1 sports car.

The first change involved removing the sloping glass covers over the headlights to prevent breakage upon impact.

This was then to be followed by detuning the engine, which involved replacing the three SU HD8 carburettors with an alternative intake manifold linked to two Stromberg CD2SE carburettors.

This “federalised” engine could now be recognised by not only the use of the Stromberg carburettors, but also the addition of a new camshaft cover.

Some of these transition units also featured two cooling fans, and fitting seats with adjustable backs.

Another aspect of the US safety law was that winged knockoff spinners had to be replaced by a hexagonal nut, which was hammered on and off by means of a special tool supplied with the car.

However, regardless of these changes, the body styling of the Series 1.5 sports car remained unchanged from that of the Series 1.

Internally, rocker switches took the place of the original toggle version, and a collapsible steering column was fitted.

Furthermore, the very distinctive starter button on the dashboard was replaced by a standard key start.

This transition period extended from late 1967 to 1968, when the Series 1 was phased out.

Although Jaguar regarded this as just part of Series 1 production, it was unofficially referred to as the Series 1.5. Jaguar cars performance.

The Jaguar E-Type Series 2

In October 1968, the Series 1 E-Type Jaguar sports car was replaced by the Series 2, which was powered by the 6-cylinder, 4.2 litre XK engine, first introduced in 1964.

The federalised engine, with two Stromberg carburettors and larger valve clearances, was still used in US exports but, for the UK market, the original format of three SU carburettors, with narrower valve clearances, was retained.

The headlights underwent additional changes, which involved them being moved further forward, and having the aperture of the light increased, which was highlighted by the distinctive chrome surrounds.

The polished camshaft covers now received a less attractive ribbed appearance. Larger versions of the front indicators and rear lights were introduced, and fitted further down from the bumpers.

There was a restyled bonnet which incorporated an air intake aperture that had been increased to improve cooling.

In terms of the 2+2 variant, the windscreen was re-positioned several inches further forward so that it appeared not as upright as in the Series 1 sports car.

Prior to 1968, non-continuous bumpers were fitted both front and rear, but these were now replaced by a heavier, continuous bumper at the front, and a wrap around version at the rear.

Internally, the dashboard was redesigned, reclining seats were now added, whist door handles were recessed as an additional safety measure.

Wire wheels were still standard equipment, and the brakes were updated.

The steering column, which was now collapsible, contained both a steering lock and ignition key unit which replaced the original ignition switch and starter button positioned in the dashboard.

Optional extras included air conditioning, power steering, and steel wheels with complete covers.

When production of the Series 2 Jaguar sports car ended in 1971, a total of 18,808 units had been built.

Jaguar for Sale

In terms of sales of these Jaguar cars, since the convertible was by far the more popular, then an example in good condition could command between $50,000 and $70,000, whist one in showroom condition could reach as much as $140,000.

Amongst Jaguar cars, the E-Type will always be regarded as a show-stopper, regardless of its age.

This marks the end of my Review of the Jaguar E-Type Series 2 sports car

The Evolution of Car Audiotainment

People nowadays don’t just buy cars for transportation purposes. Although that is the most basic reason, time and technology have allowed people to branch out and widen their scope and options. With the growing competition which is evident in the determination of car companies to excel in terms of innovation and creativity through their manufactured products, people have learned not to settle for mediocrity. They always aim to get what’s suitable to their budget, and as much as possible they only want the best, even in the car audio entertainment. Yes. Cars are now used for transportation and entertainment purposes. See how the car audio industry changed over the years!

AM and FM Radio

This is probably the car audio system that has been part of many people’s entertainment and transportation for the longest time. Dated from the early 1930s portable radios that were distributed commercially were installed in cars for immediate access to radio broadcast channels. It had a very colorful history that the colors have not faded until now with people also venturing in music and radio programs instead of pure news.

It’s amusing to know that a lot of people still have AM and FM audio systems in their cars right now after a few decades since it was first used – only this time, with a modern twist.

Cassette and CD Players

Cassette and CD players inside cars later bloomed as electronics and acoustics evolved! This was the time when the term “car stereo” was first introduced. Together with the booming audio entertainment, the music industry also stepped its game a little higher as more cassette tapes were produced and more talents were given chances to be on the spotlight by famous record labels. Years have passed and CDs also entered the music scene, which made impressive changes in the car audio entertainment as well. From rectangle to circle, no one can stop the people’s love for music! Car interiors are best avenues to express this kind of passion.

MP3 and iPod Connectivity

Well it seems like car audio systems just keep getting better and better. Car stereos can also be used by connecting them to external music sources such as mp3’s or iPods. Through the use of a car audio auxiliary retractable cable you can stream your carefully selected songs from your favorite music storage gadget, with the option of lengthening or shortening the wire. Convenient! Just make sure the size of the cable you will be using matches the size of the jack on the stereo. Cables can be purchased online or on hardware stores. Choose well!

Smartphone

Lastly, you can now use your smartphones on your audio entertainment apparatuses. Perhaps this is the kind of car which others call “the connected car.” Why would they call a car or a car audio system like that, anyway? Well, simply because modern audio systems nowadays can let you connect to the Internet via smartphones. Who wouldn’t be impressed with very hi-tech features including touch-screen monitors, Bluetooth and apps? Audio entertainment has indeed gone a long way and there’s no way it can be stopped.

The Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Sanction Sports Car

Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Sanction – A close look at this sports car including performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices

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Aston Martin DB4 Zagato on the Track

Four of the chassis used on the original Zagato sports car (also referred to as Sanction 1) were duly modified to produce lightweight versions that would be ideal for racing.

These racers incorporated the following features to improve aerodynamics: A lower roofline – Enlarged rear wings, with a restyled tail section, and an extended front section.

One of these restyled Zagatos made it debut at the Goodwood race track in early 1961 when, driven by Stirling Moss, it finished in third position, with its arch rival, the Ferrari 250 GT, taking the chequered flag.

However, a couple of months later, two of the quartet, supported by Aston Martin and assigned to Essex Racing, were entered in the Le Mans 24 Hour race, but both were forced to retire.

Not to be outdone, in July 1961, one of these cars claimed the Zagatos first win in one of the races as part of the British Grand Prix.

A further attempt at Le Mans in 1962 ended in early retirement through engine failure.

Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Sanction 2

Production of the DB4 Zagato ended in 1963 with 19 of the sports cars being built.

However, this was not the end of the story. In 1988, having approached Aston Martin, it was decided to modify four of the original DB4 chassis so that they could be transformed into a lighter weight construction, identical to that used in the DB4 GT.

These were then shipped to Milan to receive bodies comparable to those used in the original Zagatos of the early 1960’s, with the distinctive small oval grille, and a smoother, restyled rear section.

The first of these modified rolling chassis was shipped in January 1989, with the fourth three months later.

These four officially approved replicas were designated as Sanction 2 cars.

Although there was little difference, externally, from the originals, modifications were made to improve the handling characteristics, whilst the engine capacity was increased from 3.7 to 4.2 litres, and the size of the road wheels was reduced from 16 to 15 inches.

All four replicas were completed in July 1991, but were not permitted to display the original Zagato badges.

When placed at auction, these replicas were sold for as much as $1.25 million.

Aston Martin DB4 Zagato Sanction 3

Following the sale of the four Sanction 2 Zagatos, it was found that there were still two additional Zagato body shells that had not been used, for whatever reason.

Therefore, in 1992, Aston Martin was approached with a view to creating further Sanction variants.

Following agreement, another two DB4 chassis were discovered, and were duly modified to produce, in conjunction with the newly found Zagato body shells, a final two DB4 Zagato replicas, which were completed in 2000, sporting the original Zagato badges.

These were designated as Sanction 3 sports cars.

Other Replica DB4 Zagatos

By 2000, a total of 19 original and 6 Sanction DB4 Zagatos had been built, and were highly prized, with six figure valuations.

Accordingly, since then, other non-original, and non Sanction replicas have been built, based on the chassis from DB4’s and DB4 GT’s.

However, such replicas did not have the Zagato sports car cache but were, nonetheless, still desirable, and with a ready market.

This concludes my Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Sanction Sports Car Review