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Lot 021: 1975 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster

Collectors Motor Cars, H&H Sales Limited (8 June 2008)

Last of the line, the Jaguar E-type Series III was introduced in 1971. Longer, wider and more comfortable than its predecessors, the newcomer blurred the lines between sportscar and grand tourer. Powered by a turbine-smooth all-alloy SOHC 5343cc V12 engine allied to either Jaguar four-speed manual or Borg Warner three-speed automatic transmission, the refined manner in which it performed (contemporary road tests spoke of 0-60mph in 6.4 seconds and 150mph) simply blew road testers away. Benefiting from a broader track, ventilated disc brakes, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and Lucas transistorised ignition, the Series III was visually distinguished by its 'egg-crate' grille, flared wheelarches and purposeful quad-exhaust pipes. Available in fixed-head coupe (2+2-seater) or roadster (2-seater) guises, it remained in volume production until 1974 (though, a special commemorative run of forty-nine black-painted roadsters was released the following year). Finished in Old English White with black leather upholstery, this particular example has covered a warranted 8,200 miles from new. Beginning life as a Guy Salmon demonstrator, 'HGT 131N' is known to have changed hands just twice more before entering the current (fourth) ownership on August 21st 1978. A desirable manual car that is said to have been "driven on only a handful of occasions over the last thirty years" the roadster still retains its original tyres and tools etc. Well cared for but unrestored, this exceptional E-type is offered for sale with January 1975 - January 1976 tax disc, assorted old MOTs, letters from previous keepers, factory steel wheels and black hardtop (though, the latter items will need to be collected from Hertfordshire). It is also hoped but not guaranteed that the Jaguar will possess a new MOT certificate come the auction.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors Motor Cars
H&H Sales Limited, Loseley Park, Guildford
TypeCar
Lot Number021
Estimate£35000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£38500
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1975
Condition rating0
Registration numberHGT131N
Mileage-
Chassis numberIS 2662
Engine number8S156093A
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors