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Lot 436: 1974 Jaguar E-Type SIII V12 Commemorative Edition

Fine Motor Cars, Coys (5 July 2008)

From its launch at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the E-type was to have a production life of thirteen years, during which time the car went through many changes and several different generations. The original Series 1 was fitted with an uprated 4.2-litre engine in 1964, and a long wheelbase two-plus-two coupé version followed in 1965. A modified 'Series 1' was introduced in 1967, and the Series 2 appeared in 1968. The final phase of the E-type came in April 1971 with the introduction of the Series 3 range, which featured the brand new 5.3-litre V12 engine developing 266bhp (DIN). This engine had been designed and developed by Walter Hassan and Harry Mundy. It had originally been intended for the would-be Le Mans challenger, the XJ13 of 1966. As fitted in the 1971 E-type, the engine had a single rather than two overhead camshafts per bank. This was effectively the world's only mass-production V12 engine at the time. The Series 3 was offered in open two-seater and two-plus-two coupé forms, and the open car now also built on the longer wheelbase. Although a manual gearbox was still available, it is likely that most cars were fitted with the automatic gearbox. A manual 'box two-seater reached a top speed of 146mph (235 km/h) and accelerated to 60mph (97 km/h) in 6.4 seconds. At a price of £3123 at launch for the two-seater without extras, the Series 3 still represented remarkable value for money. By 1974, the price had increased to £3812. Of the 72,529 E-types built, 15,292 were Series 3 models. Production of the E-type came to an end in June 1974 with a special run of fifty cars. Forty-nine of these were painted black, while the second last car in British Racing Green was supplied to a well-known private Jaguar collector. These fifty cars carried a commemorative plaque, bearing a facsimile of Sir William Lyons's signature. The superb example presented here today was purchased by the owner in 1984. Prior to that it had remained the property of a Mr Wolf Bringham from Stratford-upon-Avon for a number of years. After its acquisition by the vendor, the car underwent a nut and bolt rebuilding costing some £40,000 by respected Jaguar specialists, XK Engineering. After that it was put on display in Scotland's largest private motor museum, The Doune Museum. Famous also for its castle, Doune castle provided the backdrop for a number of scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Nothing to do with Jaguars but quite interesting anyway. It was there for 8 years after which the museum closed and the car was returned to the vendor. It was kept in a temperature controlled environment and used sparingly. In the late 1980's, it was shown at the Scottish National Jaguar Day where upon it won first class honours in the Concors D'Elegance. It is presented here today on chrome wire wheels but also has the original set of pressed steel items and hardtop included. This incredibly rare and sought after example deserves close inspection and would complete and serious Jaguar collection.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars
Coys, Blenheim Palace
TypeCar
Lot Number436
Estimate£70000-£90000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£77753
Year1974
Condition rating0
Registration numberWSP2
Mileage-
Chassis number152827
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