Lot 184 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Coupé
|Sold - £49,808
- One owner from new
- 64,659 miles Only
- very A genuine example
The Jaguar E-Type was ageing and needed new life. History repeated itself by achieving huge success when Jaguar debuted its robust new engine in a sportscar instead of the saloon for which it was designed. Despite its sportscar heritage, Jaguar depended on saloon vehicles for its survival and had developed its 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.’
Supplied by University Motors Ltd. in Kingston-Upon-Thames and first registered on 22nd June 1973, this Jaguar presents in silver with blue interior and is fitted with an automatic gearbox. This is a one owner vehicle which has been cherished by the vendor and is offered to market for the first time in 48 years. The name on the original Jaguar ‘Passport to Service’ is the same as on the V5C registration document - something very rarely seen. The bodywork was restored some 12 years ago with the car being resprayed in its original colour of silver, the interior is original and has a delightful patina, a full-length sunroof has also been fitted. The V12 engine runs well and we are advised by the fastidious vendor that she drives well with no known faults. Originally used as his daily driver, the vendor has been using this E-Type less and less in recent times, with the car covering fewer than 500 miles in the last 15 years, hence the decision has been made to part with it. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a good collection of invoices, this is a very genuine Jaguar, she is not in concours condition but is a very good example. A piece of British motoring history in more ways than one.
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