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Lot 443: 1973 Jaguar E Type Series III V12 Roadster

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

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.Manufactured in 1973 this V12 Roadster is reported by the vendor to be in very good condition. The owner purchased the car in 1994 but three months later moved overseas, thus the car has seen little but regular use. Testament to this is that it has only covered 33,950 miles from new. The car has the desirable manual gearbox and is finished in light green with a matching leather interior, all in very good order. The car is supplied with a current MoT test certificate and a V5 registration document. One of the finest low mileage examples currently on the market

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number443
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£19996
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Registration numberGYY391L
Chassis number6D1S22501
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