Lot 175 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||83,002 miles|
|Result||Sold - £41,884|
- Fabulous restored example
- Matching numbers
- Good history
By the mid-1960s, the Jaguar E-Type was appealing to the man with a young family but who were restricted by the size of the current Jaguar E-Type Coupé and its open topped sibling. This prompted Jaguar to offer a third option in the form of a 2+2 Coupé. By adding nine inches to the wheelbase and two inches in height, it was then possible to fit a rear seat capable of seating two adults in tolerable comfort. Of course the rear seat was more suited to children or, as 'The Motor' put it at the time, the car could 'extend Dad's youth for another seven years'. 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 superb V12 Coupé is an original right hand drive matching numbers example presented in Signal Red with black leather interior. Its 5.3 litre engine is mated to a manual gearbox and its general condition throughout can be considered to be extremely good. Its Heritage certificate shows that it was originally despatched to the Automobile Centre in Leeds on 7th September 1971, painted white and registered AD 69. The car underwent a comprehensive restoration in the 1980s, at which point its colour changed to red and a new bonnet was fitted. This wonderful E-type was also re-sprayed in the mid-2000s to bring the bodywork up to standard and much of the chrome was also replaced, including new headlight crowns, front grille and stainless steel bumpers. The car is fitted with power steering and is a joy to drive. It comes with a substantial history file including its Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate and is ready to be enjoyed.