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1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Coupé
Registration no. JYR 633K
Chassis no. 7S51000BW
Engine no. 7S4922SA

One consequence of the E-Type's long process of development had been a gradual increase in weight, but a good measure of the concomitant loss of performance was restored in 1971 with the arrival of what would be the final version - the Series III V12. Weighing only 80lb more than the cast-iron-block 4.2-litre XK six, the new all-alloy, 5.3-litre, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed comfortably in excess of 140mph. Further good news was that the 0-100mph time of around 16 seconds made the V12 the fastest-accelerating E-Type ever.

Other mechanical changes beneath the Series III's more aggressive looking exterior included ventilated front disc brakes, anti-dive front suspension, Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sports car. Flared wheelarches, a deeper radiator air intake complete with grille, and a four-pipe exhaust system distinguished the Series III from its six-cylinder forbears, plus, of course, that all-important 'V12' boot badge. The interior though, remained traditional Jaguar.

Built in two-seat roadster and '2+2' coupé versions, both of which used the long-wheelbase floor pan introduced on the Series II '2+2', the Series III E-Type continued the Jaguar tradition of offering a level of performance and luxury unrivalled at the price.

This Series III coupé has had only six registered owners (details available), the last of whom acquired the car in 2006, and has spent all its life in Yorkshire. The accompanying history file is substantial, containing many expired MoT certificates, and we understand that there is no reason to doubt the veracity of the 63,000-or-so miles recorded on the odometer. 'JYR 633K' is finished in its original colour scheme of black with cinnamon leather interior, and is equipped with a Webasto sunroof (believed fitted from new), a period Moto-Lita wood-rim steering wheel, and a stainless steel exhaust system. Described as in generally good condition, this low-mileage Series III E-Type is offered with aforementioned history file, Jaguar Heritage Certificate, current road fund licence, MoT to September 2015 and V5C registration document. The car also comes with its original tool roll and instruction manuals.

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