Follow Motorbase:
Search Motorbase for

Lot 166: Jaguar E-type S3 Roadster

Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (28 May 2012)

In March 2008 the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in the Daily Telegraph's list of '100 most beautiful cars' of all time. In 2004 Sports Car International magazine place the E-Type at number one on their list of 'Tops Sports Cars of the 1960's. The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupe form and as a convertible and when released, Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car ever made. The model was made in three distinct versions, which are now generally referred to as 'Series I', 'Series II' and 'Series III', with a transitional model between Series I and Series II, known unofficially as 'Series 1'. The Museum of Modern Art recognised the significance of the E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection; one of the only two automobiles to receive this distinction. The cars at the time used triple SU carburettors, 3.8 litre, six cylinder, Jaguar XK engines from the XK150S. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external bonnet latches and tend to attract a premium. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964. The Series I can be recognised by glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small 'mouth' opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear. Open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged 'mouth' and twin electric fans are all hallmarks of Series II cars. Series III models featured a new 5.3 litre, Jaguar V12 engine and rated brakes together with power steering. Easily identifiable by the larger front grille and flared wheel arches, the convertibles used the same long wheelbase as the 2+2 FHC, which gives acres of space behind the seats. Offered here is a fine example of the Series III V12 roadster, which has been loved and cherished by the current owner and vendor since August 1996. The car has clearly benefited from restoration at some stage but there is little documentary evidence available. There is however, a comprehensive history file is available from 1996. Finished in the original Henley Green, the car is equipped with the 4-speed, manual transmission and that beautiful, all alloy, V12 engine. The car is described, by the vendor, as being a delight to drive, combining comfort, speed, road holding and turbine-like power delivery. Supplied with a V5 registration document together with an Mot test certificate valid until 13th December 2012, this Jaguar E-Type offers an opportunity to acquire a very usable, classic E-type at sensible money.

Lot Details
Auction Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex- Surrey Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number166
Estimate£27000-£33000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£29000
Year1973
Condition rating1
Registration numberNYR 1E
Mileage-
Chassis number1S1715
Engine number7S95585
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2