Lot 261 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||46,710 miles|
|Estimate||£24,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £34,720|
The Jaguar E-Type was 10 years old and needed new life. History repeated itself by achieving 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 'all we expected to try was a new engine but what in fact we 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 two owner Series III fixedhead coupé was supplied new to the first owner, Mr. A H Gordon, who lived in London. The next owner, Mr. R H Reeves, acquired the car in April 1976 who then changed the registered keeper to his daughter in 1994. This very good, original example has been off the road since 2000 and has just been re-commissioned this year only requiring a new clutch master cylinder, fuel filters, ignition coil and new pedal springs. The vendor believes that the mileage is correct at 46,710 miles and the old MoT's, the 2000 insurance valuation certificate and the overall condition of this E-Type appear to validate that claim. This Series III E-Type, finished in Cotswold blue with dark blue interior, only requires minor cosmetic restoration. Supplied with the car is the V5C registration document, all the old registration documents going back to 1976, the handbook pack which contains the service book and dealer book, a set of the original sales brochures and a file of old MoT test certificate and invoices. This classically dynamic design is still a head turner.
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