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Lot 026: Jaguar E-Type V12 FHC

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (24 June 2009)

Lie under a desert sky at night, go hedge-hopping in an RAF Tornado, get a refund from the Inland Revenue  there are some things in life that everyone should experience at least once and driving a V12 engined Jaguar is one of them. Put that V12 in an E-Type and you have the motoring equivalent of Viagra.

Weighing just a few pounds more than the smaller XK 4.2 engine it replaced, the alloy blocked 5.3-litre V12 produced only slightly more power (272 instead of 265bhp) but vastly more torque (349 instead of 283lb/ft). This results in a quite different driving experience: gone is the XK snarl, replaced by quiet thunder and a sense of huge momentum in place of raw acceleration. In manual form, as here, the 0 - 60mph benchmark is dispatched in just 6.3 seconds and 145mph is only a squeeze of the right foot away  even today, it is hard to imagine a more desirable car in which to cross a continent.

Launched in 1971, the Series 3 V12 was the last and most luxurious of the E-Type range with a wider track, longer wheelbase, bigger tyres, revised suspension and a more spacious cockpit. Much better proportioned than the earlier 2+2 E-Types, it was easily a match for anything that the Italians had to offer and is still surprisingly undervalued by comparison.

First registered in November 1971, this remarkable example has had just one registered owner from new and has covered only 33,300 miles in its 38-year life to date. Always kept in a heated garage, it remains totally original and has never been painted, welded or restored in any significant way. Maintained from new by Central Garage in Lichfield, it comes with a letter from them confirming that the mileage is genuine.

In April 2008 the car was sent to Jaguar specialists XK Engineering in Coventry for a thorough overhaul to prepare it for more regular use. This included replacing all the mechanical items that deteriorate over time (such as rubber hoses, bushes and mountings) and a full brake overhaul. The vendor states that XK Engineering commented that they had rarely seen a better, more original example. With an MOT and tax until March 2010 and freshly recommissioned, the car is now ready to be enjoyed by its new second owner.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Leominster
TypeCar
Lot Number026
Estimate£15000-£20000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£17100
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
Condition rating0
Registration numberKDA 990K
Mileage-
Chassis number1550522
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors