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Lot 155: Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster


In 1971 the Jaguar E-Type was 10 years old and after the shock of its original impact had slightly worn off in ten years, needed a touch of new life. History repeated itself and there was huge interest when Jaguar debuted its robust new V12 engine in a sports car, instead of the saloon car for which it was actually designed. It was beefy enough to handle up to 7.0 litres displacement, but an initial capacity of 5.3litres was chosen. The new engine fitted in the same bay as the six, but for better legroom Jaguar shelved the convertible's 96 inch wheelbase and gave all Series III's the 105 inch span previously exclusive to the 2+2 coupes. A larger radiator inlet with formal grillwork and subtle wheel arches to clear wider tyres were other changes. Larger, 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 they all expected to try a new engine. What in fact they 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 E-type on offer here today has had just four owners from new and today is presented in fine fettle. Restored in the Early 1990's, with photographs on file, the car won Best In Show at the final Bristol Exhibition Halls in 1994. Still resplendent finished in red coachwork and a detailed engine bay it is offered with a good history file containing a wide variety of bills and receipts and previous MoTs. With E-types reaching new highs almost on a monthly basis, this automatic V12 specification car represents excellent value. The improved performance over the earlier siblings offers a package that will surely push desirability onwards and upwards for the foreseeable future. Offered with a very realistic reserve and consequently not to be missed.

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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number155
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberTPD 10M
Chassis numberISZ186BW
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