1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster
Registration no. EOE 946K
Chassis no. 1S20537BW
Engine no. 7S6418SB
Testing the E-Type Series III back in 1972, Road & Track magazine reckoned the new V12 power unit, a sheer delight, by itself almost worth the price of admission. The V12 is a lovely piece of machinery, lovely to listen to and lovely to behold. The exhaust has that hurried sound characteristic of a multiple-cylinder engine where the many explosions per revolution make it sound as if its running faster than an engine with fewer cylinders. The idle is smooth and quiet with none of the mechanical busyness one normally experiences from the likes of a Ferrari or Lamborghini V12. And the smoothness lingers throughout the rev range.
This superior refinement would have counted for little had the Series III proved slower than its predecessors, but the 5.3-litre all-alloy V12 produced 272bhp, more than enough to offset the weight gain over the preceding 4.2-litre XK six and ensure that performance was undiminished. Beneath the skin, ventilated front discs improved braking power and the front suspension gained anti-dive geometry. Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering were now standard, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sportscar. 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.
This right-hand drive, automatic transmission V12 roadster comes with a recent Jaguar service agent invoice exceeding £2,500 and is described by the vendor as good-to-excellent in all areas. Finished in silver with red leather interior, the vehicle is offered with MoT to September 2006 and Swansea V5 registration document.