Lot 248 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Estimate||£46,000 - £54,000|
|Result||Sold - £56,560|
In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in the Daily Telegraph's list of the '100 most beautiful cars' of all time. It was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form and as a convertible, on its release, 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'. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964 with a new 5.3 Litre, 12-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine with up-rated brakes and power steering as standard for the series III. The short wheelbase fixedhead coupé body style was discontinued and the V12 was available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé. The convertible used the longer-wheelbase 2+2 floorplan and were by far the most comfortable and most accomplished of the range. These Series III's were purpose built for long distances and certainly looked the part as well.
Originally registered on 2nd February 1973, this E-Type roadster has been owned by the vendor since 1986. During his stewardship, the car has been restored although little used. Currently undergoing some re-commissioning work, this will be supplied with a full years' MoT test certificate. Generally referred to as being the best driving E-Type, this example is fitted with manual transmission and presents in good all-round condition. Finished in red with black trim, this Jaguar E-Type Series III is supplied with a V5 registration and a history folder.
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