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Lot 037: Jaguar E-Type V12 FHC Auto

Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (23 September 2009)

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 had a beautifully muscular form and was easily a match for anything that the Italians had to offer and is still surprisingly undervalued by comparison.

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. Despite its size and complexity, the V12 has also got an enviable reputation for unburstable reliability. In manual form, 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.

First registered in November 1971, this automatic V12 has less than 52,000 miles on the clock which is believed by the vendor to be genuine but there is insufficient documentary evidence to confirm this. The car is said to have had one London doctor owner for many years and has had three keepers since. Appearing to be in exceptionally original and unmolested condition throughout, it is said to drive well and has an MOT until May 2010. It looks good value at the guide price suggested today.

Lot Details
Auction Classic Car, Motorcycle & Automobilia
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers,
TypeCar
Lot Number037
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1971
Condition rating0
Registration numberHPL 8K
Mileage-
Chassis number1550620W
Engine number7S4165SA
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2