Lot 284 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Odometer reading||34,243 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
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 saloon for which it was designed. Despite its sports-car heritage, Jaguar depended on saloon vehicles for its survival and had developed its twelve cylinder engine to power them with sufficient torque and refinement. Larger and 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, but 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.
This is a genuine UK righthand drive example that was originally registered on 6th September, 1973 and has only had four former keepers. Restored at some stage, although little is known when or by whom, TPD 10M is a splendid example of these increasingly popular E-Types. The V12 engine sounded 'exactly as she should' on our test drive and performed well, as did the automatic transmission; the rest of the car performed equally well with no obvious faults. Finished in red with biscuit leather trim and complemented by a sparkling set of chrome wire wheels, this Series III roadster is in excellent all-round condition. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full years' MoT test certificate, this classically dynamic design is still a head turner.
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