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Lot 161: Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

Whilst the concept of the Jaguar E-Type was without doubt one of the finest pieces of automotive design ever to be put into general production, one of the problems with its continued development was the ineluctable weight gain. Throughout the 1960s, with ever more stringent safety legislation emanating from the USA, the Jaguar designers had perforce to compromise if they were to remain competitive in a market which was, after all, a major breadwinner. Emissions legislation had forced the adoption of twin Stromberg carburettors on cars bound for North America, which had the detrimental effect of reducing the power to 177bhp, instead of the 265bhp quoted for European examples breathing through triple Webers. However, the balance was to be redressed with the introduction of the Series 3 model, powered by Jaguar's new 5.3-litre, overhead camshaft V12 engine, providing 272bhp. The result was once again a top speed in excess of 140mph with 0-100mph taking just 16 seconds, the fastest ever acceleration figures for the model. Revisions to the running gear included anti-dive geometry on the front suspension and ventilated disc brakes. Power steering was standard and flared wheel arches were incorporated to allow fitment of wider rubber to maintain grip. A deeper radiator aperture with chrome grille completed the re-style. With both manual and automatic transmission options, the Series 3 ensured the magnificent E-Type would survive into the new decade of the 1970s. With only 55,400 miles from new, this matching numbers example was owned by a single family from new until 2005. Finished in primrose yellow and with its original cerise hide interior, the owner informs us that the car is in good to very good condition having recently been meticulously re-commissioned by an ex-Jaguar engineer specialising in E-Types. A new soft top was installed and all pressure hoses were replaced, along with the steering box; the brakes were overhauled together with the shock absorbers; the carburettors were rebuilt and the engine thoroughly tuned, amongst other work. We are informed that it's an excellent drive and keeps good solid oil pressure. Modern creature comforts include an FM radio with an iPod link and new speakers. Various bills and all MoT certificates since 1976 accompany the car, as well as a V5 document, current MoT valid until 2013, a letter from the previous owner confirming the car's history, a factory repair manual, a driver's manual and a Jaguar tool kit. An eminently usable example of the classic E-Type coupled with effortless V12 performance.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number161
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating1
Registration numberYWA 342M
Chassis number1S2278
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2