Lot 225 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster *NOW AT NO RESERVE*
|Sold - £64,960
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 manual E-Type Roadster was built on 6th February 1973 and shipped to New York on 2 March 1973. It spent its life on the East Coast where it was partly restored and had a bare metal respray. The car was then shipped to Eire when its then owner relocated with his collection of Jaguars. The current owner shipped the car to the UK where its restoration was finished by Showco Jaguar Club near High Wycombe between April 2016 and March 2017. The interior was retrimmed in new leather and finished by TTS near Newbury along with a replacement hood.
This left hand drive, matching numbers example comes in its original Silver Grey exterior colour and blue interior as stated on the Heritage Certificate. The bumpers were replaced to UK-specification in 2016 along with the stainless steel wire wheels. Its original whitewall tyres had decomposed and were replaced with correct period narrow-band radials. The radio is a refurbished period Blaupunkt with a USB connection. The steering rack and the windscreen are both new.
The car is UK registered and comes with an MoT test certificate with no advisories. Believed to have covered only 56,318 miles (not warranted) since it left Browns Lane 44 years ago, this Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 is a great investment opportunity.
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