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Lot 128: Jaguar E-Type SE V12 Roadster

Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (16 July 2012)

By 1970 the American specified E-Type Jaguar was being outperformed by its competitors because of the very strict emission regulations, which were strangling the 4.2 litre XK engine. The factory response to this was to produce a new E-Type, which had 5300cc of V12 under the bonnet. The Series Three E-Type was a heavily modified version of the its predecessors. The car was wider and longer, it had a wider track and beefier wheels and tyres but most importantly, it had 285bhp on tap and could outperform most of the opposition with its 140+mph and startling acceleration. Unlike the S1 and S2, the S3 came in two, rather than three forms. You could either have a roadster or a fixed head coupe, which were both built on the same wheelbase. The fixed head offered 2+2 accommodation and the roadster had extra luggage space behind the front seats. Offered here is a S3 V12 Roadster, from the final year of production, which was the subject of a comprehensive restoration around 14 years ago and has covered only a few thousand miles since completion of said restoration. It is offered complete with a history file and photographic record, which demonstrates that the car was equipped with many new components during the restoration, which also included a full engine rebuild. Finished in red with black hood and black leather interior, the car is equipped with the more desirable manual transmission, sits on chrome wire wheels and is said to a real pleasure to drive.

Lot Details
Auction Classic, Collectors, Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex-Esher Hall
Lot Number128
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£32000
Condition rating
Registration numberHWK 886N
Chassis number1S2501
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2