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Lot 105: Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 FHC

Classic and Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (22 September 2010)

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 April 1973, this particular manual V12 comes in the rare and attractive colour of Heather with a matching leather interior. It has been in the current ownership since 1985 and had just four keepers before that. Always garaged during the current 25 year ownership, it has only been lightly used  old MOT certificates confirm that it has covered only 44,000 miles from new, and just 2,000 miles since 1985. Said to be in very nice original and unrestored condition throughout and to drive just like a low mileage car should, it is currently taxed and MOTd and ready for immediate use.

Lot Details
Auction Classic and Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers,
Lot Number105
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£16000
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating
Registration numberUJW 404L
Chassis number1S51743
Engine number7S11225SA
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2