Lot 248 - 1972 12947 E-Type Series III, 2+2 Coupé (Experimental Car)
|Odometer reading||50,348 miles|
|Estimate||£30,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £41,440|
In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in the Daily Telegraph's list of the '100 most beautiful cars' of all time. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form and as a convertible and when released, 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 cars at the time used triple SU carburettors, 3.8 litre, six cylinder, Jaguar XK engines from the XK150S. 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. The Series I can be recognised by glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small 'mouth' opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear. Open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged 'mouth' and twin electric fans are all hallmarks of Series II cars. Series III models featured a new 5.3 litre, Jaguar V12 engine and up-rated brakes together with power steering.
Jaguar Cars produced four experimental E-Types in the Series III format, all with the 4.2 litre engines fitted. There were two righthand drive models; one roadster and one coupé and two lefthand drive models; one roadster and one coupé.
The righthand drive coupé on offer today is listed on the Jaguar heritage certificate as 'an Experimental project vehicle-project number ZX 537/35' and was fitted with a 4.2 litre engine. Not only is this a completely unique Jaguar E-type, it presents in splendid order throughout. Finished in Old English White with its original red leather trim, this matching numbers Jaguar was originally registered on 2nd February 1972 to Jaguar Cars Ltd and after 4 subsequent keepers, CHP678K underwent a total restoration in 1991 taking some four years to complete at a cost of over £50,000. The restoration was carried out by Western Classics in Wiltshire and full photographic and documented evidence make up part of this outstanding car's history file. With virtually all the previous MoT test certificates available, the 50,348 miles is believed to be correct. Also included in the history file is a letter from Frank 'Lofty' England confirming the commissioning of the four Series III, six-cylinder, E-Types, together with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 6th August 2014 (with no advisories).
Without doubt this car will whet the appetite of any serious collector. E-type values have been increasing of late; this is a unique opportunity to purchase a hugely rare and extremely individual example.
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.