Lot 562: Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Coupe

Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (7 December 2009)

The V12 E-Type was at its best as a long-distance, high-speed tourer. There were few cars which could match its top speed and 120/130mph cruising ability, even amongst the exotica from Italy, and none at all the silence and smoothness of its engine.'  Paul Skilleter, The Jaguar E-Type. One consequence of the E-Type's long process of development had been a gradual increase in weight, but a good measure of the concomitant loss of performance was restored in 1971 with the arrival of what would be the final version  the Series III V12. Weighing only 80lb more than the cast-iron-block, 4.2-litre XK six, the new all-alloy, 5.3-litre V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed in excess of 140mph. Further good news was that the 0-100mph time of around 16 seconds made the V12 the fastest-accelerating E-Type ever. Beneath the skin, ventilated front discs improved braking power and the front suspension gained anti-dive geometry. Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering were now standard, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sports car. Flared wheelarches, a deeper radiator air intake complete with grille, and a four-pipe exhaust system distinguished the Series III from its six-cylinder forbears plus, of course, that all-important 'V12' boot badge. The interior though, remained traditional Jaguar. We are advised that this Series III V12 Coupé was one of the Jaguar press fleet deployed for the launch of this new E-Type model. The third right-hand drive production Coupé completed (chassis numbering commenced at '50001'), it was first registered on 1st April 1971 and much driven by the media, featuring in many motoring journals, before being purchased by the famous Jaguar dealer and racing team owner, John Coombs, in whose showroom it was placed on display. The E-Type was subsequently sold to a private collector and laid up for many years before being purchased by the current vendor, who has re-commissioned the car but used it only sparingly. Unrestored, it retains its original paintwork and interior and is described as in generally good condition, with a very good engine. Finished in Old English White with blue leather interior, '50003' is offered with old-style logbook, current MoT and Swansea V5 registration document. An historic motor car and an important piece of Jaguar history.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Olympia, London
TypeCar
Lot Number562
Estimate£13000-£15000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating3
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number1S 50003
Engine number7S 1023-9A
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2