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Lot 159: Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster The second GUYSON E-Type


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 inevitable weight gain. Throughout the 1960s ever more stringent safety legislation emanated from the USA and, as this market was a major breadwinner for Jaguar, it was perhaps unavoidable that the purity of the original design would be compromised to compete within it. Emissions legislation had forced the adoption of twin Stromberg carburettors on trans-Atlantic bound cars resulting in a reduction in power to 177bhp instead of the quoted 265bhp 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 developing 272bhp. This resulted in a top speed again 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 restyle. With manual or automatic transmission options the Series 3 ensured the immortal E Type would survive into the new decade of the 1970s. The Guyson E12 was a run of two cars commissioned by 1981 hill-climb Champion, Jim Thomson and built by William Towns. It was a rebodied series III E-Type Jaguar, the first of which came about as a result of Thomson crashing his Jaguar in 1972. The first model was completed for Thomson in 1974 with Towns subsequently converting his own E-Type. Chassis 151128BW is well known as the second 'Guyson' car, and William Towns' own vehicle. The vendor reports there is a comprehensive history folder to support this claim, including William Towns own copy V5 log book. Subsequently the car was re-converted by its previous owner back to the standard V12 specification, but it still maintains a legendary part of the synonymous abstract and outlandish designs from the likes of Jim Thompson  a hill-climb Champion. Presented in blue with beige/ tan interior and MoT'ed until 2014, 151128BW is described to be in very good overall condition. Offered with a realistic reserve.

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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number159
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberOMM 22K
Chassis number151128BW
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