Lot 192 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Odometer reading||41,957 miles|
|Estimate||£68,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £70,000|
The E-Type Series III was introduced in 1971, with a new 5.3 litre, V12 engine, uprated brakes and standard power steering. Optionally, an automatic transmission, wire wheels and air conditioning were available. The brand new V12 engine came with four Zenith carburettors and was claimed to produce 272bhp, more torque, and a 0-60mph acceleration of less than seven seconds, which was phenomenal for the price of the car at that time, considering its competition in the market place. The short wheelbase fixedhead coupé body style was discontinued, with the Series III available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé. The newly used longer wheelbase now offered significantly more room in all directions. These models were easily identifiable by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tyres, four exhaust tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. It is thought that only 7,990 convertibles and 7,297 fixedhead cars were produced.
This stunning righthand drive Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster is a UK supplied car and is fitted with manual transmission. Finished in Signal Red with a contrasting black leather interior, this really is an impressive example that has benefitted from an enthusiast’s ownership. We are informed that during the late owners impressive 37 year tenure this Jaguar was never driven in the wet. The results of such good stewardship are easy to see. The car was purchased in 1984 and during his tenure the car has been well maintained. Invoices for over £20,000 for works completed are in the comprehensive file that accompanies this car. They include a new ignition system, stainless steel exhaust system and new hood. We believe that this Jaguars low mileage is correct which the condition would support. This is a wonderful and evocative British classic which still makes your hair stand on end when the howl of its V12 can be heard and a perfect example to celebrate 60 years of the E-Type launch.
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