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Lot 136: Jaguar E-type Series III 2+2

"Fine Motor cars incl.The Jaguar Legend", Coys (16 July 2011)

In 1971 the Jaguar E-Type was 10 years old and after the shock of its original impact needed new life. History repeated itself and there was huge interest when Jaguar debuted its robust new V12 engine in a sports car, instead of the saloon car for which it was actually designed. It was beefy enough to handle up to 7.0 litres displacement, but an initial volume of 5.3 was chosen.

The new engine fitted in the same bay as the six, but for better legroom Jaguar shelved the convertible's 96 inch wheelbase and gave all Series III's the 105 inch span previously exclusive to the 2+2 coup�s. A larger radiator inlet with formal grillwork and subtle wheel arches to clear wider tyres were other changes. Larger, softer in nature, with weight redistributed 53/47, the Series III had lost the wilds of its youth but gained the long legged touring profile to which it was arguably better suited.

Robert Bell in Motor was quoted as saying at the time that they all expected to try a new engine. What in fact they drove was a new car. Not a yowling, aggressive Ferrari-like machine, with which, perhaps, most people associate a V12 engine, but a very smooth, quiet and refined grand touring sports car.

Finished in Sable Brown, a very handsome period colour, with matching brown leather interior; this example, fitted with the Borg Warner automatic gearbox which suited the new model's personality, is described by its vendor as being in very good condition all round. It underwent some restoration in the United States before being imported into the UK, recent additional work includes the fitting of a new starter motor, alternator and fuel tank.

The history comes complete with Jaguar Heritage Certificate, bills for restoration work, handbooks and owner's manuals, HNP 939J is offered with a full MoT test certificate, previous MoTs, and V5C registration document.

Lot Details
Auction "Fine Motor cars incl.The Jaguar Legend"
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Lot Number136
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£15340
Condition rating0
Registration numberHNP 939J
Chassis numberIS70923BW
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2