Lot 196 - 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2 + 2 Coupé
|Odometer reading||46,535 miles|
|Estimate||£35,000 - £40,000|
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 original, matching numbers, left hand drive 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III Coupé, fitted with the automatic gearbox option and air conditioning was supplied new to the USA. Imported to the UK from Ohio within the last couple of years, it has been fully recommissioned. This included a full service, a full brake overhaul including new discs and hoses, a new steering rack, the rear axle removed and new suspension bushes, a complete set of cooling hoses was fitted using wrapped silicone. This E-Type V12 Coupé has the original British Racing Green paintwork and black leather interior and is supplied with a V5C registration document and a MoT test certificate which expires in December 2018. We are informed by the vendor that it drives extremely well. These models have become sought after as a practical classic in which you can even take your children for a drive being the 2+2 Coupé.
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