Lot 221 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot 221 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot 221 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot Number 221
Registration MCY 69J
Chassis Number 1S71489
Engine Number 7S2985SB
Odometer reading 1,052 miles
Result Sold - £32,000

In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in the Daily Telegraph's list of the '100 most beautiful cars' of all time. The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form and as convertible, on its release, Enzo Ferrari called it ""The most beautiful car ever made"". The model was made in three distinct versions which are now generally referred to as 'Series I', 'Series II' and 'Series III' with a transitional model between Series I and Series II known unofficially as 'Series 1½'. The Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only two automobiles to receive the distinction. The Series I was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961, with the domestic market launch four months later in July 1961. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external bonnet latches and tend to attract a premium. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964. A new 5.3 Litre 12-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine was then introduced with up rated brakes and power steering as standard for the series III. The short wheelbase fixedhead coupé body style was discontinued and the V12 was available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé. The convertible used the longer-wheelbase 2+2 floorplan. By far the most comfortable and most accomplished of the range, these Series III's were purpose built for long distances and certainly looked the part as well.

This E-Type roadster was first thought registered overseas but since repatriated to the UK in 1997 and converted to righthand drive. A desirable conversion resulting in its current roadster configuration has also taken place with much subsequent work carried out by Jaguar specialists, Bristol Classic & Sportscars Ltd resulting in a well sorted example. Finished in metallic blue  with matching hardtop and a contrasting red leather trim, the chrome wire wheels enhance the appearance of an already eye-catching roadster.  Combined with a manual gearbox, this example makes for an excellent driving experience. Supplied with a V5 registration document, a full years MoT test certificate and a file of bills and invoices, this E-Type represents extremely good value.

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