1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster

Sold For £63,250

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Sotheby's - LONDON 5 SEPTEMBER 2018

Chassis No.
1S 2297

Documents: Swiss Carte Grise

  • Current ownership for over a decade
  • The final iteration of the Jaguar E-Type

Introduced in 1971, the Jaguar E-Type’s most notable feature was its brand-new twelve-cylinder engine. 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.

Greatly increasing the available power and torque over earlier straight-six, Series 1 and 2 E-Types, the V-12 of the Series 3 more than compensated for the power decreases that came about due to stricter emissions control in the Series 2 E-Types. The production engine, however, did not fit into the two-seat E-Type coupé, 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. Exterior changes consisted of widening 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 accommodated larger tyres and wheels.

Although much of the history before the current owner is unknown, the E-Type was previously owned by an industrial family from Liechtenstein. In current ownership, the V-12 has performed faithfully for 12 years, and has recently had a mechanical inspection and declared sound. The current owner has enjoyed extensive rallies with his E-Type, and has driven around France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland. Always properly maintained, work on the E-Type to the tune of 55,000 CHF has been performed during his ownership, including a new starter.

In top condition, this E-Type comes with service booklet and some invoices from current ownership accompanying the vehicle. As the very last series of E-Type, it occupies a special place in Jaguar history.

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