Lot 265 - 1975 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Odometer reading||9,883 miles|
|Estimate||£72,000 - £78,000|
|Result||Sold - £72,000|
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 sportscar instead of the saloon for which it was designed. Despite its sportscar 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 stunning righthand drive Series III has only covered 9,800 miles from new. It was purchased by Mr. J. M. McPherson in February 1975 and kept until October of the same year when he took delivery of his new XJS, he had only covered about 4,500 miles in the ten months of his ownership. The next owner Mr. Joy James Cook purchased the car at the end of October 1975, he was an avid enthusiast of the E-Type and owned two other examples. We are told that he genuinely used the 4.2 litre, old English white roadster leaving his two V12 roadsters in the garage. In 2001, with his health failing, he bequeathed this V12 E-type to the current vendor while in his employment; it had covered just 9,400 miles. Mr Cook passed away in 2004 and the ownership passed to the seller. Included in the history file there is a Statutory Declaration from Mr Cook's solicitors confirming the change of ownership along with confirmation that they knew of this car in the early 1980's and that it had only covered 6,000 miles at that time. Also in the history file are a number of old MoT test certificates and insurance valuation certificates which also confirm the low mileage of this car. Finished in Azure Blue with tan leather interior, this V12 roadster has recently been re-commissioned and been the subject of an extensive valet which has brought this car to better than showroom condition. This stunning roadster is supplied with a V5C registration document, old registration documents, an MoT test certificate which expires in July 2015, the original handbook and service book and history file. It is a unique, low mileage example of which Enzo Ferrari called "The most beautiful car ever made"…