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Lot 445: 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

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

Perhaps no other manufacturer but Jaguar could be expected to pull off the same trick twice and get away with it. Certainly, the brilliant, even great, E-Type was going to be a very hard act to follow when, a decade on, some aspects of its design were beginning to show their age. Notably the E-Type had been putting on weight as it approached middle-age - a phenomenon sadly known to cars as well as human beings and its legendary performance was not what it once was. Jaguar's solution was, effectively, to give the car a heart transplant. Thus the upcoming V12 - an engine of some magnificence - was brought into early service to create the Series 3 E-Type. There were historical echoes here too because the legendary XK engine, now being superseded, was also originally slated for a saloon but found itself diverted into an equally successful sports car. The new engine, which turned out 272bhp - a figure no standard XK unit ever approached - finally restored the E-Type's critical 140mph plus top speed and was able to improve considerably on its acceleration figures. Yet for all this ferocious power, the car's legendary refinement imparted it with a slightly Jekyll and Hyde character. Here truly was an iron fist inside a velvet glove.Competitively priced, this very well presented Jaguar has been finished in a striking Indigo Blue with contrasting burgundy interior. The improvements and specification are impressive, it has been put together with a view to everyday driving and accomplishes this brief well. Power comes through a five speed manual Getrag gearbox and a stainless steel exhaust has been fitted. The chrome wire wheels all have new tyres and it comes complete with a working immobiliser and alarm system. Inside a modern face-off stereo is present, a MotoLita steering wheel and the sometimes adverse weather can be kept at bay with a hard-top. It should be noted that this is a factory unit and has been with the car from new, is in excellent condition and comes with a hood bag. The overall effect is good - reliability, classic open-top motoring combined with just a breath of a few sensible upgrades. With nearly a full year's MoT test certificate, MCY 69J represents a good all round E-Type package.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number445
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£21467
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration numberMCY 69J
Chassis numberIS71489
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