Lot 284 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé (5.3 litre)
|Odometer reading||78,312 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £50,400|
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 12 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 genuine early UK righthand drive manual Jaguar E-Type Coupe was originally registered on 6th October 1971. Restored in the early 2000’s and with photographs showing the restoration this fabulous E-Type has covered only 3000 miles since and presents very well sitting proudly on chrome wire wheels. This incredibly solid and straight example has benefitted from recently re-chromed bumpers, restored leather interior, new steering rack and exhaust parts being fitted. Included in the documentation are copies of all the former keepers making the car traceable right back to its first owner as well as service history and Mot’s going back to 1986. Supplied with a V5C registration document and current MoT test certificate valid until 30th August 2018 as well as its history file and restoration pictures.
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.