Lot 222: Jaguar E-Type S3 FHC
By 1970 the American specified E-Type Jaguar was being outperformed by its competitors because of the very strict emission regulations, which were strangling the 4.2 litre XK engine. The factory response to this was to produce a new E-Type, which had 5300cc of V12 under the bonnet.The Series Three E-Type was a heavily modified version of its predecessors. The car was wider and longer, it had a wider track, beefier wheels and tyres but most importantly, it had 285bhp on tap and could outperform most of the opposition with its 140+mph and startling acceleration.Unlike the S1 and S2, the S3 came in two, rather than three forms. You could either have a roadster or a fixed head coupe, which were both built on the same wheelbase. The fixed head offered 2+2 accommodation and the roadster had extra luggage space behind the front seats.This 1971 FHC is said to have been the subject of a bare metal restoration, full engine rebuild and conversion to manual transmission, with a new unit, in 1995 and has been used sparingly ever since. Said to have been used on high days and holidays in dry conditions only, the car has been kept in heated storage when not in use.Finished in primrose with black leather interior, the car is said to be in very good order, has just undergone an MoT, a service and is eligible for free historic tax.
Barons, Sandown Park - Esher Surrey
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