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Lot 380: Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

Collectors' Motor Cars, Bonhams (30 April 2012)

One consequence of the E-Type's long process of development had been a gradual increase in weight, but a good measure of the concomitant loss of performance was restored in 1971 with the arrival of the Series III V12. Weighing only 80lb more than the cast-iron-block 4.2-litre XK six, the new all-alloy, 5.3-litre, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed in excess of 140mph. Further good news was that the 0-100mph time of around 16 seconds made the V12 the fastest-accelerating E-Type ever. Other mechanical changes beneath the Series III's more aggressive looking exterior included ventilated front disc brakes, anti-dive front suspension, Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sports car. Flared wheelarches, a deeper radiator air intake complete with grille, and a four-pipe exhaust system distinguished the Series III from its six-cylinder forbears, plus, of course, that all-important 'V12' boot badge. The interior though, remained traditional Jaguar. Built in two-seat roadster and '2+2' coupé versions, both of which used the long-wheelbase floorpan introduced on the Series II '2+2', the Series III E-Type continued the Jaguar tradition of offering a level of performance and luxury unrivalled at the price. This very original un-restored, manual transmission, Series III roadster is finished in greensand (mustard) with beige leather interior. The car was delivered new to the Fletcher's dealership and in December 1991 was purchased by the current owner from Barry Miners of Swansea via Earlesway Classics. Maintained by RR&B and Manuel Queiroz, specialists in Halesowen, 'JJR 633' has covered circa 55,000 miles from new and is described by the private vendor as in generally good/very good condition, with excellent engine. A very good example, driving without fault and offered from long-term careful ownership, the car comes with sundry service/maintenance invoices, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2012 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Motor Cars
Bonhams, The Royal Airforce Museum, London, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number380
Estimate£30000-£40000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£29000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£33350
Year1973
Condition rating2
Registration numberJJR 623
Mileage-
Chassis number1S2347
Engine number7S13278SB
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2