<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA

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Lot 184¤
1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER
Chassis no. UE1S25820BW Engine no. 7S10301LA

US$ 70,000 - 90,000
£ 54,000 - 69,000
To be sold without reserve
1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER
Chassis no. UE1S25820BW
Engine no. 7S10301LA
5,343cc SOHC V12 Engine
4 Zenith Stromberg Carburetors
264bhp at 5,750rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Independent Suspension
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Rare manual transmission example of the V12 E-Type
*Over $20,000 in receipts document restoration and maintenance work
*The final evolution of the legendary E-Type
*Believed to be 64,000 miles from new
*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.

A V12 Roadster model, finished in red with black hardtop, was road tested by Motor magazine in November 1971, proving itself to be the quickest Jaguar model up to 100mph that the magazine had ever tested – taking 15.4 seconds from rest. The car's 0-60mph time was only 6.4secs while it could cover the standing-start quarter-mile in 14.2 seconds. Autocar magazine declared that the new V12 engine was just "superb, smooth power with virtually no mechanical noise at all (rare for a V12) and with little exhaust noise – from 70mph to 140mph wind noise is by far the loudest sound and even that is by no means excessive".

The Series III V12's "natural cruising speed" proved to be around 125mph, and influential American market publication Road & Track extolled the fact that "...the E-Type is an easy car to drive and is most at home when driven fast...a very predictable car with excellent balance between ride and handling. The ride is soft but very well controlled and even at high speeds there is no tendency towards front end lift or wander. Characteristics are forgiving to the inexperienced driver but useful to the more skillful during fast motoring."

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This lovely Series III E-Type Roadster was purchased by the consignor in 2003 in Southern California; it is believed to have spent most of its life before that time in the Golden State, though ownership details are not recorded. A rare manual-transmission equipped example, this car is somewhat unique among its V12-powered brethren, as many buyers for these cars opted for the popular automatic.

Over $20,000 in accompanying receipts document restorative work as well as regular maintenance and care items performed during the previous owner's tenure. It is believed that the paintwork, upholstery, and top were all redone in the early 2000s prior to acquisition by the vendor. The result is a striking example of this powerful cat, and it has been much admired, receiving best in class awards during Jaguar club events.

Offered with its spare wheel, top boot cover, tools, jack, as well as the aforementioned file of receipts, the Jaguar is described by the vendor as a smooth runner and driver. Brightwork is extremely presentable, while the resplendent red paint still shines and sets it apart from the scores of more-muted color Series III E-Types. It is believed that the ~64,000 miles on its odometer reflect the Jaguar's actual mileage since new. With its manual gearbox, the Series III can exploit its potential as a driver's car in a way an automatic simply cannot compare to. The thrill of manipulating the torquey five-plus liter V12 via throttle and clutch 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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<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
<b>1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER  </b><br />Chassis no. UE1S25820BW ,br>Engine no. 7S10301LA
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