1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 Roadster Registration no. EOE 946K Chassis no. 1S20537BW Engine no. 7S6418SB
When unveiled at the Geneva Salon in 1961 the first of the new generation 'E'-Type Jaguars stole the show. The sensational styling of the two-seater roadster made its XK150 predecessor suddenly look very old fashioned and from the driver's seat the long sweeping bonnet appeared endless. A fixed head coupé was soon to be added to the range and the engine was developed from 3.8 litres to 4.2 litres. Just ten years after the introduction of the first six-cylinder 'E'-Type, Jaguar launched the sensational V12, 5.3 litre model, aimed directly at the Ferrari marketplace and retailing at a fraction of the price. The smooth V12 engine developed 272bhp and the longer wheelbase created more passenger comfort for both roadster and coupé versions. The Series III E-type remained in production until 1975, some 7,990 roadsters leaving the production line, the greater proportion feeding the enthusiastic export market.
This automatic transmission example was despatched new to the USA in June 1972. It was repatriated to the UK some 25 years ago and converted then to right hand drive. In 2005, with a recorded mileage of 49,227 miles, the car had a major service and suspension overhaul at Stratstone Jaguar at which time, following a thorough examination of all mechanical elements, the then owner embarked on a coachwork and paint restoration, the car being stripped to bare metal and found to be corrosion free. It was re-finished in silver metallic livery. The red leather interior, part of which is thought to be original, was professionally refitted, all external brightwork replated and new chromed wire wheels fitted. At that stage the headlamps were modified to UK specification. The present owner acquired the car in June 2007 and continued the no-expense-spared enhancements to its condition, engaging respected Jaguar specialists, J.D Classics, to undertake further mechanical work (invoice for £15,900 on file for inspection). Further mechanical work was undertaken in 2012/14 by Classic and Sports Cars (invoices on file totalling £7,016). In addition an Opus ignition system has been fitted and the car has been furnished with a new hood.
This much cherished Jaguar is exceptionally smartly presented and has been restored and maintained in recent years by recognised specialists, during which time it has covered only one thousand or so miles. It is offered with a history folder and Swansea V5C registration document.