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Lot 351A: 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Coupé

International Historic Motorsport Show, Bonhams (25 February 2006)

Testing a V12 E-Type shortly after its introduction, Autocar magazine remarked that: “The model’s immense performance, its silky smoothness and its utter predictability are just some of the things which make for a driver’s car second to none.”

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 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, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed well 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. Built in two-seater roadster and 2+2 coupe versions, both of which used the longer-wheelbase floorpan introduced on the Series II 2+2, the Series III E-Type continued the Jaguar tradition of offering a level of performance and luxury unrivalled at the price.
Previously owned by a member of the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, this right-hand drive V12 Coupé was purchased by the vendor last year. Benefiting from newly installed electronic ignition, the car comes with eight expired MoTs for the period 1993-2003, numerous bills for servicing/maintenance, Swansea V5 registration document and MoT to February 2007. (Prospective purchasers should note that the handbrake is defective).


Lot Details
Auction International Historic Motorsport Show
Bonhams, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
TypeCar
Lot Number351A
Estimate£10000-£12000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number1S50606
Engine number7S.3562SA
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