Lot 157 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 157 - 1971  Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 157 - 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Fixedhead Coupé

Lot Number 157
Registration AUA 881J
Chassis Number 1S 50057
Engine Number 7S 1521 SB
Odometer reading 40,755 miles
Estimate £41,000 - £48,000
  • Comprehensive history file with MoT’s dating to 1976 to support the mileage
  • Heritage Certificate confirming matching numbers and colours
  • Presented in excellent order throughout

By 1970, 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 12-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 magazine was quoted 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".

The example we have here really ticks all of the boxes, it is a home market, right hand drive example, supplied with a Heritage Certificate confirming it still wears its original colours, has always been fitted with the all-important manual gearbox and is matching numbers. The car is an extremely early Series III car, with the heritage certificate showing a build date of December 8th 1970.  The car underwent some comprehensive restoration work in the 1990’s, which was slowly carried out between 1990 and 1998, with the car covering around 5,000 miles in-between. Some replacement panels were fitted during the work, which were all correctly lead loaded, the glass was all removed and the car was painted in two-pack paint, which has held-up exceedingly well and retains an excellent shine. The interior was also retrimmed at the time and was clearly finished to a particularly high standard because it could easily pass as a job which was carried out in very recent years. A vast amount of work was carried out to the suspension, braking and steering systems at the time, a new wiring loom in the engine bay and various other electrical jobs were attended to. A re-shimmed flywheel, a new clutch, new downpipes and a stainless steel exhaust system were also fitted, then the car was treated to Dinitrol rust protection upon completion. In short, almost no stone was left un-turned and the car still looks excellent today. In more recent years, the car has had new carpets, roof lining, air filters and alternator belts, various new hoses under the bonnet, exhaust and inlet manifold gaskets, new high torque starter motor and many other small items attended to.

The car is supplied with a comprehensive history file, with 30 MoT test certificates dating back to 1976, by which point the car had covered 3,984 miles, showing a steady increase in mileage over the years and giving a huge amount of confidence that the indicated 40,000 miles would be accurate. The history file contains an original handbook, original workshop manual, original E-Type parts catalogue and many old tax discs and invoices. This is an excellent example of the increasingly popular Series III FHC E-Type, not overly restored to the point it cannot be enjoyed and presented in a particularly attractive colour combination. Consignor Fraser Smith

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