Lot 134 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12
|Odometer reading||48,600 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £45,000|
|Result||Sold - £47,040|
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 lovely example is presented in silver with blue leather interior and the desirable manual gearbox. Interestingly, this car also comes with air conditioning which would have been an expensive option back in 1973. This is a matching numbers example and the engine had a full rebuild in 2002 and also to note that this car has been converted to right hand drive. We are informed by the vendor that it drives extremely well and these models are sought after as a practical classic which you can even take your children for a drive being a 2+2.
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