Amelia Island | Lot 205
1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster
$75,000 - $100,000 USD | Offered Without Reserve
| Amelia Island, Florida
22 May 2021
- Early and desirable V-12 Series 3 OTS with small bumperettes
- British Racing Green over tan leather
- 5.3-liter V-12 engine paired to a four-speed manual transmission
- Benefits from a previous restoration and nearly $10,000 USD of recent servicing completed in January 2021
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.
The attractive roadster offered here is an early V-12 Series 3 Roadster, or Open Two-Seater (OTS), example produced during the 1971 model year, which is presented wearing the correct and desirable “small” bumperettes. The car’s early history is unknown, though it certainly benefits from a previous restoration in the signature Jaguar livery of British Racing Green over tan leather. The interior features a full suite of Smith’s instrumentation, factory radio, and air conditioning; correct details specific to early Series 3 cars of this type include the straight handbrake lever, fantail exhaust, and leather-wrapped steering wheel. A matching tan cloth top is fitted behind the rear seats and provides ample all-weather protection. This tidy and presentable Series 3 Roadster is perched upon a set of 72-spoke chrome wire wheels shod in a set of Toyo Extensa narrow-whitewall tires befitting a period-correct aesthetic.
In January 2021, the car was treated to an extensive servicing at Lamborghini of Houston which included the fitment of a battery, spark plugs, engine air filters, fuel filler neck, and additional line items. A complete paint correction regimen was also completed at this time.
As the very last series of E-Type, this car occupies a special place in Jaguar history. This example offered here is sure to attract the best kind of attention, whether upon brisk drives or weekend exhibitions.
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