1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Coupé Registration no. NCK 506J Chassis no. 1S50021 Engine no. 7S1411SA
'The V12 E-Type was at its best as a long-distance, high-speed tourer. There were few cars which could match its top speed and 120/130mph cruising ability, even amongst the exotica from Italy, and none at all the silence and smoothness of its engine.' Paul Skilleter, The Jaguar E-Type.
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 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. 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 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.
This Series III E-Type was acquired by the immediately preceding owner in 1989 and underwent substantial refurbishment while in his care. Work carried out included a bare metal repaint, engine/gearbox rebuild, new headlining and an electronic ignition upgrade. The E-Type was purchased by the current owners at Bonhams' Harrogate sale in November 2009 (Lot 448) and since acquisition for their private collection has seen very little use. 'NCK 506J' is finished in Regency Red with biscuit leather upholstery, and is described by the vendor as in generally good condition. Tax-exempt, the car is offered with Swansea V5 registration document and is expected to possess a fresh MoT at time of sale.