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Lot 109: Jaguar E-Type S3 5.3 FHC

10th Anniversary - British Heritage + Classic & Co, Barons (9 September 2008)

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 S3 E-Type coupe has detailed a history file, which includes many MOT certificates to verify mileage, tax discs and extensive service history. It is in good overall condition having been recently MoT'd.

Finished in the definitive Red with black leather the car is said to be an attractive, usable E-Type. The engine is said to pull beautifully and the auto gear change is clean and crisp.

Grossly undervalued at the moment but not for much longer. With Aston Martin prices going stratospheric and other 60's classic going in one direction, the E-Type represents outstanding value. This excellent example is only being sold due to lack of use.

Lot Details
Auction 10th Anniversary - British Heritage + Classic & Co
Barons, Esher Hall, Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey
TypeCar
Lot Number109
Estimate£9500-£11000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£8600
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating1
Registration numberNMC41K
Mileage-
Chassis number1S50347
Engine number7S39835A
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2