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Lot 204: Jaguar E-Type Series III Convertible

Automobiles of London, RM Auctions (27 October 2010)

272 bhp, 5,343 cc V-12 engine with four Zenith-Stromberg carburettors, four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105" The first E-Type Jaguar sports cars arrived late in 1961, first powered by a 3.8-litre engine and then a 4.2-litre six-cylinder unit. In 1971 the all new ultra-smooth V-12 was placed under the hood, Jaguar's first new engine since the twin-cam six had debuted in the XK120. Known as Series III cars, they were based on the original E-Type unibody platforms with sub-frames. From the outside, the Series III Jaguars featured a larger bonnet bulge, larger, flared wheel openings, a slightly wider track and different grille and bumpers. The convertible now rode on the longer 105-inch wheelbase. As a result, the doors and sills were longer, and the length and depth of the floorpan increased. A large horizontal scoop was added to the underside of the bonnet to assist in cooling. The interior was entirely new in the V-12, including the seats and door panels. The centre console was now vacuum-formed with a simulated leather finish, and a smaller, dished, leather rim steering wheel was fitted. With power brakes and steering, a 272-horsepower V-12, and a fully synchronised four-speed transmission, these cars were very capable and refined grand touring machines, while retaining the sensuous lines of their predecessors. The 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III Convertible presented here is finished in dark blue with a black leather interior and matching black carpets. Restored in 1992, the car has been exceptionally maintained since, and the paint, chrome and brightwork all remain in very nice condition. The leather seats sport a lovely patina that could very well be original, and the car remains professionally detailed down to the engine bay. Equipped with a four-speed manual transmission and an AM/FM radio, this Series III E-Type rides on standard 15-inch steel wheels shod in Pirelli P5 tyres. This right-hand drive example features the European specification bumpers as opposed to the larger and rather unattractive U.S.-spec bumpers. With its handsome colour combination, four-speed transmission, and V-12 engine, this is a car that begs to be driven and enjoyed.

Lot Details
Auction Automobiles of London
RM Auctions, Battersea Evolution London, United Kingdom
TypeCar
Lot Number204
Estimate£50000-£65000
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Year1974
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Chassis numberIS 1887
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