1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster
Sold For $93,500Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.
- Low-mileage V-12 roadster
- Matching-numbers engine
- Sympathetic restoration with a lovely original interior
- JDHT certificate confirming original colors
272 bhp, 5,343 cc DOHC V-12 engine with four Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and an anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension via coil springs, lower wishbones, and radius arms, and four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105 in.
After years of testing and development, Jaguar introduced its first production V-12 to the market in 1971. The new 5.3-liter V-12 was the first mass-produced V-12 to come to market in over 20 years and Jaguar’s first new engine since the debut of the post-war XK 120 in 1948. The production engine, however, did not fit into the two-seat E-Type coupe, so the new motor was offered in roadster and 2+2 configurations only, with both sharing the longer 2,667-millimeter-wheelbase chassis of the former 2+2 body introduced in 1966. Jaguar widened the front and rear track to accommodate the bigger and more powerful motor, which also necessitated a longer hood and chassis with a bigger air intake and grille. Flared wheel arches accommodate larger tires and wheels.
The desirable roadster offered here is an early V-12 car with small bumper overriders, built on May 18, 1972, and sold through Jaguar’s New York distributor. It more recently received a mechanical and cosmetic restoration by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, including a major tune-up with the engine serviced, the carburetors overhauled, and the motor mounts replaced. The suspension was rebuilt with new bushings, while the brakes were overhauled with new lines, and new shocks were fitted. The rear end was rebuilt with new seals, and the wheels were balanced. The body has been refinished in the original Light Blue, with a black top, while the dark blue leather interior within is the preserved original and has a pleasant patina.
A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate confirms this is a matching-numbers car, and the odometer indicates only 56,240 miles, which are believed to be original. The roadster rides on the preferred chrome wire wheels and is fitted with a factory British Leyland AM/FM radio.
This car presents as a well-cared-for original that has been restored to be driven, though the new owner may wish to show it as well. As the very last series of E-Type, it occupies a special place in Jaguar history.