1971 Jaguar E-Type SIIIE-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster
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To Be OFFERED AT AUCTION WITHOUT RESERVE at RM Sothebys' Amelia Island event, 22 May 2021.
$75,000 - $100,000 USD
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.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/am21.