Lot 223 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Odometer reading||58,600 miles|
|Result||Sold - £35,600|
The Jaguar E-Type was ten years old and needed a new lease of life. History repeated itself and it was a huge success when Jaguar debuted its robust V12 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 the 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 handsome E-Type roadster is finished in primrose yellow and is a highly original example. The car shows little sign of ever having had any paintwork undertakenand the beige interior trim has a lovely patina to it. Equipped with power steering, automatic transmission and air conditioning, this Series III is described as driving with no known faults. The silky V12 engine purrs in a way few other vehicles do and the gearbox is smooth in operation. Supplied with a V5 registration document and a full year's MoT test certificate, this E-Type roadster is believed to have covered only 58,600 miles (not warranted) since it left Browns Lane 42 years ago. A great investment opportunity.
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