Lot 243 - 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||36,554 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £26,000|
|Result||Sold - £26,880|
By the mid-1960s, the Jaguar E-Type was appealing to the man with a young family but who were restricted by the size of the current Jaguar E-Type coupé and its open topped sibling. This prompted Jaguar to offer a third option in the form of a 2+2 coupé. By adding nine inches to the wheelbase and two inches in height, it was then possible to fit a rear seat capable of seating two adults in tolerable comfort. Of course the rear seat was more suited to children or, as 'The Motor' put it at the time, the car could 'extend Dad's youth for another seven years'. 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."
We are pleased to offer this 1972 example of V12, 2+2 coupé that was first sold to a Mrs. C. E. King on 24th November, 1972 by Henly's of London. Only 3,329 miles have been completed since March 1987, confirmed by the 21 MoT test certificates on file. It was in long term ownership from June 1991 until December 2014. During that period, it was little used hence the low miles recorded over that time. Today, this V12 E-Type is presented in its original white livery with contrasting black leather interior. The coachwork appears straight with only a few minor blemishes to the finish indicating that the paintwork has been maintained as required; in particular, the bonnet is in very good order which is a common weak point of the E-Type. The engine starts easily and very quickly settles into a smooth and reassuring idle whilst displaying very good oil pressure, the automatic gearbox also operates smoothly and easily. The interior is in good order with that comfortable smell of old leather. A history file contains various invoices for works carried out over the years plus the afore-mentioned MoT test certificates which include a current test certificate valid until June 2016 with no advisories. In addition, a useful Jaguar Series III, V12 E-Type Operating Maintenance and Service Handbook is also included. This is a rather lovely Jaguar which, although not a concourse contender, offers V12 performance together with a certain charm of a lady of her years.
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