1973 Jaguar E-Type SIII

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1973
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    1S51776
  • Engine number 
    7S.10947--SA
  • Lot number 
    863
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    OE White
  • Interior brand colour 
    Red leather
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Guide price: £65000 - £75000. <ul class="unIndentedList"></ul><ul class="unIndentedList"><li>Right-hand drive, four-seat, V12 Srs III with the desirable manual gearbox</li><li>Comprehensive 4-year restoration with over a 1,000 hours of labour lavished on the car</li><li>Showing only 59,700 miles backed up by many invoices and MoTs</li><li>A photographic record of all the work carried out showing great attention to detail</li></ul><div>In 1971, the E-type would be subject to its most far-reaching changes. Walter Hassan, one of Britain’s pre-eminent postwar engineers and mastermind behind the Coventry Climax Formula 1 engines, worked with Jaguar technical boss Harry Mundy to produce an all-new V12 designed for maximum smoothness and consequently, the Series III became Jaguar’s first production V12-powered car.  The V12 was only 36kg heavier than the straight-six, handling balance wasn’t too drastically affected, and the top speed was still approaching 150 mph, however, the new car did not sit too well with diehard E-Type fans.  Amongst the criticisms, it was felt that the front-end styling with its prominent chrome grille lacked the grace of the earlier cars, the suspension was too soft, and it had become a 'cruiser' rather than a sports car. Jaguar, however, was not unduly concerned.  Success in motorsport (in the UK) was no longer driving sales and the, somewhat picky, US market had become essential to the E-Type's survival. What Jaguar did not anticipate was the way that the new car's 'approachability' would appeal to a whole new breed of customer here in the UK. Company executives trundling to work in their Rovers or Ford Granadas realised that the Series 3 with its automatic box, comfortable cockpit, stress-free engine, compliant ride, and general good manners was a viable alternative as a 'daily driver' and once again showroom doors started swinging.</div><div><br /></div><div>Supplied new by Henlys Jaguar Limited of Bristol in June 1973, this Old English White, Series III 2+2 is fitted with the desirable manual gearbox. A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate (no22614) was issued in 2003 confirming the original numbers and colour specification and a number of invoices and older MoTs corroborate the current indicated mileage of 59,700.  </div><p>The car has been lovingly restored over a four-year period with huge attention to detail and the results are very impressive. A large file of photographs are included in the car's history file, following the progress of the car's rebirth and clearly show just how thorough the current custodian has been. As is normal, the Jaguar was completely stripped to assess the level of corrosion, if any, and the relevant panels were repaired or replaced as appropriate followed by a professional respray in its original Old English White to the standard that is evident today. The chassis was also stripped of old underseal, prepared, and painted in body colour almost to the same level of finish as the rest of the car. During the rebuild as many parts as possible were restored and reused to maintain originality and when that was not possible the correct Jaguar parts were sourced. As can be seen from the photographs the results are really spectacular. The shut lines are all to factory tolerances and the coats of OE White are deep and even</p><p>The four-seat interior was originally in French Blue however it was a little tatty and the decision was made to retrim the car in Red which was a popular choice in period. Not including the bodywork or the retrim, the invoices for sundry parts alone total over £7,500. The chrome wire wheels were refinished and the car sits on excellent Pirelli P4000s</p><p>Looking almost 'factory fresh, VJX 22 must surely be one of the best presented Series III E-types currently available on the market.</p><p> </p><p> </p>