Lot 134: Jaguar S3 E-Type 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 the its predecessors. The car was wider and longer, it had a wider track and 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 early FHC was originally supplied to South Africa, which probably explains its excellent condition. Only imported back to the UK in 1998, the car is said to have always been garaged and well maintained.With the all alloy, 5.3 litre V12 up front and the Borg Warner, three-speed automatic gearbox, this S3 will still provide outstanding levels of performance. It will also accommodate 2+2 occasional adults and is roomy enough for two adults and two children to go touring.
Barons, Sandown Park - Esher Surrey
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||-|
|Engine capacity (cc)||5300|
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|Number of doors||2|