Lot 350 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot 350 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot 350 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot Number 350
Registration 787 DG
Chassis Number 1S/1881
Engine Number 7S9709SA
Odometer reading 5,890 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £45,000
Result Sold - £47,040

The Jaguar E-Type was 10 years old and needed new life. History repeated itself and it was a huge success when Jaguar debuted its robust new engine in a sports car instead of the sedan for which it was designed. Despite its sports-car heritage, Jaguar depended on sedans for its survival and had developed its twelve to power them with sufficient torque and refinement. It was beefy enough to handle up to 7.0 litres displacement, but an initial volume of 5.3 was chosen. The all-aluminium single-cam V12 was about three inches longer than the inline-six, and though it outweighed the six by less than 75lbs, it still tipped the scales at almost 700lbs. Jaguar rated it at 272hp in Europe and 314 in the United States, though a realistic American figure was 250bhp at 6000rpm.
The new engine fitted in the same bay as the six, but for better leg room 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 tires 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 in Motor 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.

Restored well in 2002, this extremely fine example of V12 Roadster has been well looked after. Described by the vendor as nine out of ten in most respects, 787 DG has been looked after in recent years by Jaguar specialist, Alan Collins of Maldon, its mechanical integrity can therefore be relied upon. Unfortunately, the paperwork has been mislaid during a house move but it does still retain its UK registration papers and valid MoT test certificate.  With fewer than 6,000 travelled since its restoration, brand new wire wheels and a lengthy MoT test certificate, this elegant example is certainly worthy of further inspection.

 

 

Restored well in 2002, this extremely fine example of V12
Roadster has been well looked after. Described by the vendor as nine out of ten
in most respects, 787 DG has been looked after in recent years by Jaguar
specialist, Alan Collins of Maldon, its mechanical integrity can therefore be
relied upon. Unfortunately, the paperwork has been mislaid during a house move
but it does still retain its UK registration papers and valid MoT test
certificate.  With fewer than 6,000
travelled since its restoration, brand new wire wheels and a lengthy MoT test
certificate, this elegant example is certainly worthy of further inspection.

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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