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Lot 308: Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia, Bonhams (17 September 2010)

One consequence of the E-Type's long process of development had been a gradual increase in weight, but a good measure of the concomitant loss of performance was restored in 1971 with the arrival of the Series III V12. Weighing only 80lb more than the cast-iron-block 4.2-litre XK six, the new all-alloy, 5.3-litre, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed in excess of 140mph. Further good news was that the 0-100mph time of around 16 seconds made the V12 the fastest-accelerating E-Type ever. Other mechanical changes beneath the Series III's more aggressive looking exterior included ventilated front disc brakes, anti-dive front suspension, Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sports car. Flared wheelarches, a deeper radiator air intake complete with grille, and a four-pipe exhaust system distinguished the Series III from its six-cylinder forbears, plus, of course, that all-important 'V12' boot badge. The interior though, remained traditional Jaguar. Built in two-seat roadster and '2+2' coup versions, both of which used the long-wheelbase floorpan introduced on the Series II '2+2', the Series III E-Type continued the Jaguar tradition of offering a level of performance and luxury unrivalled at the price. This right-hand drive, automatic-transmission, Series III roadster was previously owner by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (Jaguar Sport) from 1987 and before that by historic racer and collector, Jeremy Agace (1984). Previously registered '1 RW'. The car was acquired by the current vendor in 2001 and currently displays a believed-genuine total of only 29,815 miles on the odometer. Expired MoTs on file show that it has covered only 5,000 miles in the past ten years. Also on file is a letter recounting a trip across the Alps during which the car behaved 'impeccably'. In 2001 the E-Type was fitted with a vehicle tracker, and the bonnet, front grille, headlamps, bezels, and side mountings removed, after which the bonnet was reshaped, repainted and everything reassembled. Finished in Azure Blue with matching interior, '202 BY' is presented in excellent order and offered with a quantity of expired tax discs, MoT to March 2011 and Swansea V5.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
Bonhams, Goodwood Revival, Chichester, Sussex
Lot Number308
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£36000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£41100
Condition rating
Registration number202 BY
Chassis number1S2771BW
Engine number7S156185A
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2