8 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster Registration no. JAT 159L Chassis no. 1S1618 Engine no. 7S8948SB
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 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 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 floorpan 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 right-hand drive, manual transmission V12 E-Type comes with Jaguar Vehicle Information Sheet confirming matching chassis/engine numbers and original livery of Primrose Yellow with black interior. The previous owner purchased the E-Type from The School Garage of Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire in 2010. Restored several years ago to a good standard, 'JAT 159L' has covered only 2,000-or-so miles in the last ten years and presents well in all areas, especially the under-bonnet and beautiful original interior. The car is offered with sundry bills and a quantity of expired MoT certificates.