Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA
Lot 76
1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster
Sold for €82,800 (US$ 97,985) inc. premium

Lot Details
Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA Rare and desirable manual transmission expample,1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster  Chassis no. UD1S21087 Engine no. 758258LA
Rare and desirable manual transmission expample
1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster
Chassis no. UD1S21087
Engine no. 758258LA
•Delivered new to California, USA
•Two owners from new
•Well maintained


Testing the E-Type Series III back in 1972, Road & Track magazine reckoned the new V12 power unit, 'a sheer delight, by itself almost worth the price of admission. The V12 is a lovely piece of machinery, lovely to listen to and lovely to behold. The exhaust has that hurried sound characteristic of a multiple-cylinder engine where the many explosions per revolution make it sound as if it's running faster than an engine with fewer cylinders. The idle is smooth and quiet with none of the mechanical busyness one normally experiences from the likes of a Ferrari or Lamborghini V12. And the smoothness lingers throughout the rev range.'

This superior refinement would have counted for little had the Series III proved slower than its predecessors, but the new V12 engine was more than powerful enough to offset the weight gain over the preceding 4.2-litre XK six and ensure that performance was undiminished. Weighing only 80lb more than the cast-iron-block six that it replaced, the all-alloy, 5.3-litre, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed well 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.

A matching-numbers, California-delivered example, this beautiful Series III E-Type roadster has covered some 43,700 miles (approximately 70,300 kilometres) from new and is currently in the hands of only its second owner, who purchased the car in March 2009. We are advised that the E-Type is accident free, has been kept in a heated garage, and has been regularly maintained by the same mechanic. Noteworthy features include air conditioning, new stainless exhaust, new ignition coil, right-side rear view mirror, radio/cassette player, and water-free coolant, while the original indicator side repeaters (a US requirement) have been removed. There are numerous invoices for maintenance and replacement parts on file together with an insurance valuation expertise and the original service passport in the name of Alfred A Silvaggio. Finished in British Racing Green with tan leather interior, the car comes complete with tonneau covers, tools, jack, spare parts catalogue, wiring diagram, and owner's manual (French/English) and will have been driven to the sale.
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