Lot 284 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Odometer reading||66,000 miles|
|Estimate||£48,000 - £54,000|
|Result||Sold - £48,720|
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. 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 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 uprated brakes together with power steering. Easily identifiable by the larger front grille and flared wheel arches, the convertible used the longer wheelbase 2+2 floorplan.
This is an original righthand drive UK car, first registered on 21stSeptember 1973 to Sir Charles Forte of Trust House Forte Hotel Group. Having covered on 66,000 miles from new and supplied with a good history file, this automatic transmission Jaguar E-Type is presented in excellent condition throughout. The red coachwork was restored some three years ago and the biscuit interior was taken care of at the beginning of 2013, both of these have been carried out to a very high standard. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until September 2014, this Jaguar also benefits from having had a recent service. Described by the vendor as driving "exceedingly well", this Series III E-Type looks to be outstanding value given the condition, estimate and the increasing interest these later, more civilised E-Types are attracting.
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