Lot 317 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot 317 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot 317 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot Number 317
Registration RAU500M
Chassis Number 1S2254
Engine Number 7S12724SB
Odometer reading 30,700 miles
Estimate £48,000 - £54,000
Result Sold - £56,000

The much loved Jaguar E-Type was 10 years old and needed new life. Fortunately history repeated itself when the Series III E-Type was launched also to huge success; its robust new engine in a sports car, instead of the saloon for which it was designed. Despite its sports-car heritage, Jaguar depended on saloons for its survival and had developed its twelve cylinder engine to power them with sufficient torque and refinement. It was beefy enough to handle up to a seven litre displacement but an initial capacity of 5.3 was chosen. The all-aluminium twin-cam V12 was about three inches longer than the inline-six. A larger radiator inlet with formal grillwork and subtle wheel arches to clear wider tyres were other changes. Larger, softer in nature, with weight redistributed 53/47, the Series III had lost the wilds of its youth but gained the long legged touring profile to which it was arguably better suited. Robert Bell from The Motor magazine 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 associate a V12 engine, but a very smooth, quiet and refined grand touring sports car.

First registered on 1st October 1973, this righthand drive, manual transmission roadster, epitomises everything that is required from a Jaguar; offering a silky, smooth and comfortable drive. A good service history accompanies RAU500M indicating the mileage to be correct, although this is not warranted. Supplied with a V5 registration document, a full year's MoT test certificate and finished in Carmen red with black leather trim and sitting proudly on wire wheels, this classic V12 roadster represents an excellent opportunity to acquire an extremely sound example of the last generation of Jaguar E-Types produced.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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