Lot 238 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|Odometer reading||25,481 miles|
|Estimate||£93,000 - £105,000|
- Low mileage example
- Ex-Queen Noor of Jordan
- Rare factory hardtop
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 sportscar 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 time warp example of the most British classic sports car was previously owned by HRH Queen Noor of Jordan. We are informed that she was regularly seen driving this striking Jaguar around Ascot. Originally registered in April 1973, this wonderful matching numbers example presents extremely well in Regency Red with a contrasting Biscuit interior. The black convertible hood has recently been replaced and crowns this striking low mileage example. The odometer indicates that this Jaguar has covered a mere 25,481 miles and this is confirmed by the previous MoT test certificates that accompany the car. Also present is the extremely rare factory supplied removable hardtop. The history file contains various bills and receipts for parts used in the recent recommissioning of the car, a V5C registration document and a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. This is an extremely rare Jaguar and offers an opportunity not to be missed.
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