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Lot 206: Jaguar E-Type Series III Convertible

Amelia Island by RM Auctions, RM Auctions (10 March 2012)

272 bhp, 5.3L V-12 engine with four Zenith Stromberg carburetors, BorgWarner automatic transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105"

" Known history; time warp, exceptionally original example " Purchased new by elderly woman in Arkansas " Single ownership for 24 years " Low mileage, matching numbers

The E-Type presented here was built in May 1974 in Pale Primrose with a black interior. Options included the BorgWarner automatic transmission, air-conditioning and wire wheels. It was sold in Arkansas to an elderly woman who treated herself to a new home and the nicest car the local Jaguar dealer had in inventory. We understand it was never her daily driver but something she drove sparingly until she was unable to manage the sports car, and then she kept it around just to admire. She passed away in the late 1980s, and the car was advertised for sale by her daughter in the St. Paul, Minnesota Pioneer Press. The daughter was neither a car dealer nor an enthusiast, so the ad was simple. A local Jaguar collector answered the ad and found the car to be in immaculate condition, showing just 13,717 original miles. Due to the circumstances of the sale, the mileage was not documented, but the condition of the car corroborated the story, and the collector quickly bought the car. In his 24-year ownership, which spanned from 1988 to 2012, the collector and his wife only added 497 miles to the car's odometer (that's just over 20 miles per year). Although driven sparingly, it was always roadworthy and ready to travel any distance thanks to his in-house mechanic that regularly serviced and maintained the entire collection, which had been moved to Scottsdale, Arizona shortly after the acquisition of this Jaguar.

Today, this is certainly one of the finest original Jaguars in existence. This time-warp example wears all original paint except for one very small touch-up on the driver's side rocker panel. Unlike many survivors, the original paint here shines nicely, and the chrome and stainless trim are even better. The interior surfaces are also original factory pieces without any dye work or originality enhancements except for some fresh stuffing inside the driver's seat headrest. The convertible top is the only one the car has ever worn, and it shows some age but is presentable and will do the job. It goes without saying that engine, transmission and body numbers all match the data plate and that all factory stickers and VIN tags are in place. We are delighted to present such a remarkable Jaguar and encourage very close inspection from enthusiasts.

Lot Details
Auction Amelia Island by RM Auctions
RM Auctions, The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida
TypeCar
Lot Number206
Estimate$60000-$80000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$63250
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1974
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis numberUE1S25920
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2