The Silverstone Classic Sale 2016

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1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2 Coupe

Lot No.: 510

Registration: XDD563J
Chassis Number: 1S50033B.W
Engine Number: 7S1536-SA
CC: 5343
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Sold for (£): 25,000

From 1961, the E-Type evolved and improved with every iteration from the original Series 1 Coupés and Roadsters, through the Series II cars of the late 1960s, until finally the Series III arrived in 1971, this 5.3 V12 only being available as a convertible or a '2+2'. The Series III was built on a slightly longer wheelbase with appropriate chassis modifications and larger, more effective brakes in the hope of coping with the turbine smooth, 272bhp delivered by the V12. 

The grille was enlarged and the beautiful lines were enhanced with flared wheel arches. It now had the ride quality that could match any of its GT rivals, and with power steering and the, newly optional air-conditioning, it possessed the civility and approachability that would make it attractive to a slightly more reticent customer base. 7,297 Series III 2+2s are recorded as having been sold worldwide before production ceased.

Coming from a private collection, this lovely Series III, V12 2+2 was originally built in 1971 and is finished in Regency Red with a tan interior and Chrome Wire Wheels. It's been enjoyed by six owners in total and has a full history since 1990 with some partial history before that. It is, however, accompanied by its original Service Record and Handbook. The car looks to be in generally good order with excellent shut lines, a tidy engine bay, a welcoming patinated interior, and sparkling chrome wires. The most sensible way, in financial terms, into E-Type ownership, is through the 2+2, and when they look this good and at this guide price, then it's time to reach for the chequebook.