1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2 Coupé Registration no. EPM 847K Chassis no. 1S50248 Engine no. 7S2919SA
'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, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed comfortably 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. 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.
Supplied by Henlys of Euston Road, London NW1, this V12 E-Type coupé was purchased by the current owner at a UK auction in December 2009. It was got running by a local garage, only requiring fresh spark pugs, an ignition coil and a second-hand distributor, but has not been used since acquisition. Currently displaying a total of 59,977 miles on the odometer, the car starts, runs and drives. It is described as in generally good condition, although the paintwork has imperfections and would benefit from a re-spray, while the rear hatch's badge is missing. It should be noted that the external button does not open the driver's door but the inside latch does. Accompanying documentation includes the original service passport stamped by main dealers up to 6/3/75 (at 36,206 miles), various invoices and a quantity of expired MoT certificates, the most recent of which was issued on 31st January 2000 at 59,902 miles. The Swansea V5C document states that there have been four previous keepers. Offered for sale only because of the owner's ill health, the car comes with the aforementioned documentation, owner's handbook and a CD-ROM of parts and service manuals.