Lot 247 - 1974 Jaguar E-Type SIII Roadster
|Odometer reading||67,264 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £25,000|
|Result||Sold - £29,680|
In 1971, the Jaguar E-Type was 10 years old and needed a new lease of life and the E-Type V12 was born. Once again, history repeated itself and the new series III was a huge success when Jaguar debuted its robust new engine in a sports car instead of a slaoon, for which it was designed. Despite its sports-car heritage, Jaguar depended on saloons for their survival and had developed its twelve cylinder unit to power them with sufficient torque and refinement. Jaguar shelved the convertible's 96 inch wheelbase and gave all series III's the 105 inch span previously exclusive to the 2+2 coupés. A larger radiator inlet with formal grillwork and subtle wheel arches to clear wider tyres were further changes. Larger and softer in nature with weight redistributed 53/47, the Series III had lost the wildness of its youth but gained the long legged touring profile to which it was arguably better suited. Robert Bell in Motorsport was quoted as saying at the time that they "all expected to try a new engine. What in fact they drove was a new car. Not a yowling, aggressive Ferrari-like machine with which, perhaps, most people associated a V12 engine but a very smooth, quiet and refined grand touring sports car."
Originally delivered to New York in 1974, this good-looking Series III E-Type is presented in classic silver with a contrasting black leather interior; it was then imported into the UK in 1999 whereupon it passed through the hands of three former keepers. An earlier restoration has taken place according to the history file and the paint is in good condition throughout although attention will be required now in some minor areas. Chrome wire wheels can be found at each corner along with a stainless steel exhaust underneath. A Moto L ita Steering wheel has been installed in this attractive and eminently usable example and is also supplied with a V5C registration document, Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Certificate and a number of MoT's. This classic British sportscar is offered at an extremely realistic estimate and can be used straightaway.
Interested parties should note that the reserve has been reduced on this lot.
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