Lot 210 - 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé
|Sold - £25,200
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 a V12, 2+2 fixedhead coupé which requires light restoration. Originally a lefthand drive example, it was exported to the USA but was re-imported to Scotland in 1990 before the new owner took it to France for a year. Back in Scotland it changed ownership, which is reflected in the MoT test certificates for 1993 to 1997. The current Scottish owner bought the car in 1997 and had it converted to righthand drive by E-Type specialist M&C Wilkinson of Doncaster. After enjoyable trouble free touring, including a trip to Switzerland, the car was recorded 'off-road' in 2000 due to other commitments. It has been stored since in the owner's private garage and regularly cleaned, polished and the engine run to temperature. Today, this V12 E-Type is presented in its original Old English White livery with contrasting black leather interior. The coachwork is reported to be straight with a few blemishes requiring some light work. The rear axle was rebuilt in 1999; however, all the suspension and brakes are in need of refurbishment. The engine starts and quickly settles into a smooth and reassuring idle whilst displaying very good oil pressure, the manual gearbox operated smoothly; however, the clutch hydraulics are now also in need of attention. The interior is in good original order with relined roof trim and a history file containing the original US service book, various customs and other paperwork from this car's history including more recent receipts. This is an attractive and usable example for anyone prepared to apply some TLC and quickly enjoy the reward of Jaguar's sublime V12 motoring.
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