1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster Registration no. AUR 282M Chassis no. UE1S23689BW Engine no. 7S14682LB
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 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.
Originally an export model, this automatic transmission Series III roadster was re-imported from the USA in 1989 by one R Bass. It is not know when or by whom it was converted from left- to right-hand drive. On 1st December 1990 the car was acquired by a Mr Frank Millard, who used it infrequently and only covered 1,000 miles in his 17 years of ownership. Kept in dry storage, the E-Type had covered 74,000 miles when it was acquired by the current vendor in May 2007. There is a substantial quantity of invoices on file for works carried out since then, including one (for £6,442) for a full engine rebuild carried out by Old Forge Motors Ltd of Harrogate in April 2013. The others are for regular servicing/maintenance and a new starter motor, alternator, manifolds, hood, hood bag, etc. Currently displaying a total of 79,000 miles on the odometer, 'AUR 282M' is described as in generally excellent condition, with good bodywork and paint. The car is offered with the aforementioned bills, current road fund licence, MoT to April 2014 and Swansea V5.