Jaguar E-Type Series III V-12 Convertible - Auction 28/7 For Sale by Auction (1974)
Chassis No. UE1S24965
To be auctioned on
Saturday, July 28, 2012
OFFERED WITHOUT RESERVE
272 bhp, 5,343 cc V-12 engine with four Zenith-Stromberg carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel independent suspension, and hydraulic four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105"
• A stellar example from the final production year
• Just one registered owner and approximately 6,300 miles from new
• Stunning “triple black” livery and fully equipped
After the brilliant first-series Jaguar E-Type debuted at Geneva in 1961 with inline six-cylinder power, the car’s basic design progressively matured through 1971 with a switch to the smoother, turbine-like V-12. Known as Series III cars and offered through 1974, they also featured a larger bonnet bulge, larger, flared wheel openings, a slightly wider track, a revised grille, and updated bumpers. The convertible now rode on the longer 105-inch wheelbase. The doors and sills were longer, and the length and depth of the floor pan were increased, resulting in a more accommodating cockpit. A large horizontal scoop was added to the underside of the bonnet to assist in cooling. The interior was also entirely new, including the seats and door panels. The center console was also redesigned with a smaller, dished, leather-rimmed steering wheel fitted.
With power brakes and steering, a 272 horsepower V-12, and a fully synchronized four-speed manual gearbox, the final-series cars are very capable and refined Grand Touring machines, while also retaining the sensuous lines of their predecessors. Today they rightly continue to captivate legions of collectors and marque enthusiasts and are ever growing in popularity.
This final-year Jaguar E-Type Series III Convertible is likely one of the best original examples today. With just one registered owner, a Michigan doctor, and a mere 6,300 original miles from new, it is striking in “triple black” and well-equipped with factory air conditioning, a four-speed gearbox, chrome wire wheels, and a tasteful conversion to European-specification bumpers. Displayed in a Jaguar dealer showroom since 1995, it remains absolutely original, with the exception of a single exterior refinish completed by Largo, Florida’s Predator Performance as part of a comprehensive, concours-level freshening. Now offered in superior condition and fully equipped, this superlative example is proudly offered for the enjoyment of another caretaker.
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