Lot 169

Open Roads, October 2021

1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster


$77,000 USD | Sold

United States Flag | Sagaponack, New York



Chassis No.
Engine No.
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4S 2771
US Title
  • Powered by Jaguar’s 5.3-litre V-12 engine with a four-speed manual transmission
  • Believed to be one of 6,120 left-hand drive E-Type Series 3 models manufactured in roadster configuration
  • 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 top
  • Presented with JDHT 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.

The previous inline six-cylinder engine was also discontinued. Under the bonnet was Jaguar’s newly developed 5.3-liter V-12 engine, which produced a claimed 272 horsepower and was said to propel the Series 3 E-Type from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. Other mechanical upgrades included better brakes and standard power steering. Styling was updated with an enlarged and slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tires, and a four-tip exhaust. Proudly mounted on the boot lid, a “V-12” badge touted the impressive engine onboard. An automatic transmission, air conditioning, and wire wheels were among the available options.

Chassis number UD1S21138 rolled off the production line on 20 October 1972, according to the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. The car was dispatched to the United States on 22 December 1972 and sold via British Leyland’s New York distribution operation. It left the factory finished in white over a dark blue leather interior and equipped with a four-speed manual transmission.

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, the interior and soft top were replaced by Aventura Auto Service of Southampton, New York, at a cost of more than $13,000, according to accompanying invoices. The seats, door panels and center console were re-upholstered in black leather, with the floor clad in a Wilton Wool carpet set. The dashboard was re-trimmed with the correct Jaguar black vinyl and the trunk mat was replaced with an original-style Hardura mat. This E-Type is equipped with an aftermarket Pioneer stereo and chrome wire wheels wrapped in Michelin XW4 tires.

In November 2016, the current owner spent over $16,000 improving various aspects of the car. The charging system was repaired, the ignition timing was set, and the carburetors were balanced. Aventura Auto Service repaired corrosion around the battery box and stripped the floors, treating and then painting them. A radiator cooling fan was found to be faulty and replaced, as was the rear transmission mount. The seals and chrome trim for the soft top and sills were exchanged for new equivalents.