Lot 221 - 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster
|£58,000 - £68,000
- Genuine UK supplied right hand drive example
- Presents in good condition throughout
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".
An original right hand drive matching numbers V12 roadster, this E-Type is finished in the delightful colour combination of Regency Red with a biscuit trim and was despatched from the factory on 11th September 1973 to Henlys London and was registered soon after. Fitted with an automatic gearbox, the car remains in good mechanical condition and we are informed it is in good running order. The paintwork has recently been refreshed to a good standard, all in all, this E-Type is a nicely presented usable example. Supplied with a history file including sundry invoices, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, the factory handbook and a current V5 registration document. A very nice genuine example with a very realistic estimate.
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