Lot 198 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2 Coupé (V12)
|Odometer reading||67,689 miles|
|Estimate||£28,000 - £34,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,480|
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."
This genuine UK righthand drive E-Type was originally registered on 8th October, 1971 and is a matching numbers example as confirmed by the Heritage certificate. Having not been used much in recent times, she will require some work, the floorpans and boot floor will require some fabrication although it must be said that she starts and runs well, the clutch and manual gearbox all operate correctly and finished in light blue with contrasting dark blue leather trim. Supplied with a V5C registration document, this E-Type Series III, V12 coupé is a great project taking into account parts and advice are readily available through the Owners club.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.