The Series 2 E-Type introduced a number of design changes, largely due to U.S. design legislation. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers, which affected several other imported cars, like the Citroën DS, as well. Unlike other cars, this step was applied worldwide for the E-Type, not just to Americans living under the authority of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
Other hallmarks of Series 2 cars are a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, an enlarged "mouth" which aided cooling. Air conditioning and power steering were available as factory options. In the US, Series 2 models suffered a reduction in performance resulting from a switch from 3 carburettors to 2, reducing horsepower from 265 to 246.