Lot 261

Hershey 2023

1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster


$60,500 USD | Sold

United States | Hershey, Pennsylvania



Chassis No.
UD 1S 21138
Engine No.
7S 8233 LA
Canadian Registration
  • Powered by its numbers-matching 5.3-liter V-12 engine backed by a four-speed manual transmission
  • Convertible top and interior replaced at a cost of more than $13,000
  • Finished in black with a black leather interior and black canvas convertible soft top
  • Presented with Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate and invoices totaling nearly $30,000

With the launch of the Series 3 version in 1971, Jaguar shifted the E-Type’s character from sports car to grand tourer. The short-wheel-base coupe was discontinued, while the roadster gained the longer wheelbase of the remaining “2+2” coupe, which provided occupants with increased space and a more refined driving experience. Under the bonnet was Jaguar’s newly developed 5.3-liter V-12 engine rated at 272 horsepower and capable of propelling the Series 3 E-Type to 60 mph in under seven seconds. Styling updates were considerable, with an enlarged, slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tires, and a four-tip exhaust. A V-12 badge on the boot lid proudly touted the big cat’s impressive engine.

Per a copy of the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, this E-Type rolled off the production line on 20 October 1972 finished in white over a dark blue leather interior and equipped with a four-speed manual transmission. Dispatched for the United States on 22 December 1972, it found its first owner via British Leyland’s New York distributorship.

Today, the E-Type is finished in stunning triple black. Chromed fixtures throughout the body elegantly contrast with the black exterior, interior, and canvas convertible top. In 2016, significant work was carried out by Aventura Auto Service of Southampton, New York. Aventura began by mending corrosion around the battery box and stripping the floors before treating and repainting them. A radiator cooling fan was found to be faulty and replaced, as was the rear transmission mount. More than $16,000 was then spent on improving various aspects of the car, including repairing the charging system, setting the ignition timing, and balancing the carburetors. The interior received more than $13,000 of work, to include retrimming the seats, door panels, and center console in black leather, while the floor was clad in a Wilton Wool carpet set.

With numbers-matching engine and stunning presentation, a discerning collector would be hard pressed to source a more impressive Series 3 E-Type.