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The Amelia Island Auction / 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 RoadsterChassis no. UE1S2389BWEngine no. 7S14777LB

Lot 276
1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster
3 March 2022, 13:00 EST
Fernandina Beach Golf Club

Sold for US$67,200 inc. premium

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1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster
Chassis no. UE1S2389BW
Engine no. 7S14777LB


5,343cc SOHC V12 Engine
4 Zenith-Stromberg Carburetors
264bhp at 5,750rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Groovy, 1970s color scheme
*The final evolution of the legendary E-Type
*Only two owners since 1986
*A striking example of a British motoring icon


THE JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III

Few self-respecting automotive connoisseurs could ever ignore that iconic 20th Century classic, the E-Type Jaguar. From its sensational launch with its 3.8-liter 6-cylinder 'XK' series engine in 1961 to its final expression as the 5.3-liter V12-engined Series III model twenty years later, Coventry's finest was not only an aspirational supercar of its era, but also a generally attainable one – always offering would-be owners' tremendous value for the money.

It was in 1971 that Jaguar introduced the Series III with the Walter Hassan/Harry Mundy-developed 5.3-liter SOHC V12 engine which became an industry standard for its combination of smoothly unobtrusive torque and power. The new V12 was standardized upon the 105-inch longer-wheelbase floor pan of the 2-plus-2 variant, and only roadster and 2-plus-2 models were produced, Jaguar's preceding short-wheelbase Fixed-Head Coupe body style being discontinued.

With the large cross-slatted radiator grille – described by Motor Sport magazine as "a decorative birdcage" – flared wheel arches accommodating wider track and bigger tires, plus V12 nomenclature adorning the tail, these Series III cars continued all the American Federal Regulations features of the preceding Series II models while also adopting uprated brakes and power steering as standard. From the new Series' launch in 1971 to the end of production in 1975, some 15,200 were manufactured.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This lovely Series III E-Type Roadster was finished in the oh-so-1970s combination of Sable (brown) over Cinnamon leather with a Black top—a color scheme it continues to wear today. According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, it was built on November 5, 1973 and dispatched on the 21st of December, it was bound for the US market to be distributed by Bitish Leyland New York. Although the fist owner is not recorded, the car appears to have stayed in the Eastern part of the country as it was acquired by Marsha Lauria of Atlanta, Georgia at the end of August, 1985. Lauria and her husband Vincent thorough enjoyed their Jag, regularly maintaining with numerous copies of records from their ownership and slides of them and the car are on file. Remaining in Ms. Lauria's care for nearly two decades, the Jag was acquired by the current owner in June of 2004.

Today the E-Type appears to be a lovingly preserved, largely original machine. The very period-correct color scheme suits the car well and is accented by the inclusion of both a tan soft top and a tan, vinyl padded removable hard top. Inside, the comfortable, tan leather seats welcome you and the radio—which also appears to be original—looks primed to bring the funk. On static display since acquisition, this cat will require recommissioning prior to active prowling.

The thrill of throttling the torquey five-plus liter V12 is a sensation unique to these final evolution E-Types, themselves the ultimate evolution of the original E-Type design that dated back to 1961. One of the last of the breed, this E-Type is sure to provide many thrills for its next keeper.

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