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Lot 073: Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 Coupe

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles, Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers (18 July 2012)

THIS IS A LATE ENTRY AND WILL NOT APPEAR IN THE PRINTED CATALOGUE 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  although in fact the 0-100mph time of around 16 seconds made it the fastest-accelerating E-Type ever. 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. Best of all, despite its size and complexity, the V12 has also got an enviable reputation for unburstable reliability. First registered in November 1972, this particular right-hand drive UK market V12 has covered 81,700 miles from new and comes with supporting history including 24 old MOTs. Finished in red with a black leather interior and a Webasto sunroof, the car has been sensibly uprated with a 5-speed manual gearbox in place of the standard 4-speed unit plus a conversion to HIF44 SU carburettors. Tax exempt and described by the vendor as being in very good condition, the car comes with a photo album detailing previous restoration and many old invoices. The last MOT expired in April this year but had no advisories and the car has only covered some 800 miles since so getting a new one should not present a problem.

Lot Details
Auction Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles
Brightwells Auctioneers and Valuers, Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
TypeCar
Lot Number073
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1972
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Engine capacity (cc)5343
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