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Lot 050: Jaguar E-Type S3 FHC Manual

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (7 March 2012)

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.

As its accompanying Heritage Certificate confirms, this particular Powder Blue manual gearbox example was supplied new by Hewitts Garages of Wolverhampton and was registered to first owner Mr AW Tipper of Lichfield in November 1971. He was to keep the car for the next 38 years before finally selling it to the current vendor in 2009. The indicated mileage of 37,200 is said to be genuine although there is insufficient history to warrant this.

The car appears to be in very nice and largely original condition throughout, with good panel fit and a well-preserved navy blue hide interior. The full-length Webasto sun roof is also in good condition and the car has been converted from Stromberg to SU carbs at some point. Bills on file show that many of the suspension bushes were replaced in April 2008 when new rear shock absorbers, a new brake servo and a new header tank were also fitted. New clutch slave and master cylinders were also fitted in March 2010. The original Radiomobile radio was refurbished in 2009.

It comes with the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, various bills and old MOT certificates and the original owner's handbook. With an MOT until May and taxed until the end of April, this lovely two-owner car is ready for immediate use.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE, UK
Lot Number050
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£18250
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
Registration numberKDA 990K
Chassis number1S50522
Engine number7S3899SA
Engine capacity (cc)5343
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2