Lot 154 - 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||981 miles|
|Estimate||£38,000 - £42,000|
|Result||Sold - £36,960|
- Same family ownership for 23 years
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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 lovely example is presented in black with red leather interior and complimented by a Webasto sunroof. Its smooth V12 engine is powered through an automatic transmission and has enjoyed being in the same family ownership for the last 23 years. This cherished example has been used sparingly by the family and driven on the odd Sunday drive in fine weather having travelled less than two thousand miles in the last 10 years. The car was re-sprayed in 2014 to its currently glory and much of its bright work replaced, also a new windscreen and new roof lining were fitted. Around 2008 the engine was taken out and rebuilt for a cost of just over £6000 ( invoice on file) The history file with the car highlights the lengthy ownership and also lots of receipts for works over the years and the original advert from where the car was purchased .These iconic British sports cars, with their evocative sounding V12 engine, are superb for long journeys or zipping around the country roads where the torque of its powerful Jaguar engine can really be appreciated.
Previous lotLot 153 - 2001 AC Cobra by Dax Tojiero
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