Lot 351A: 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Coupé
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).
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Bonhams, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire
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