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1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

Lot No.: 312

Registration: MHX 495L
Chassis Number: 1S1515
Engine Number: 7S8154 SA
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5345cc
Year of Manufacture: 1971
Sold for (£): 60,375

2011 marked the 50th birthday of the iconic E-Type, which was well celebrated at our 2011 sale at the Silverstone Classic. This was when the largest gathering of E-Types in the world took to the circuit. From 1961, the E-Type evolved and improved in its lifecycle from the original Series 1 Coupés and Roadsters, through the Series 2 cars of the late 1960's, until finally, the Series 3 arrived - only in 5.3 V12 format in late 1971. Available only as a convertible or a '2+2', there were only 7,990 convertibles produced worldwide of the Series 3.

Chassis number 1S1515 was manufacured in 1971 and was formally owned by major Hollywood star Gerard Butler, protagonist of the international blockbuster '300'. Mr Butler owned his E-Type for a number of years and is quoted as saying:  "I went to the classic car place in Chelsea to look at something else, walked in there, and there was an old E-Type Jaguar convertible, the V12 one.... I literally took one look at it, and thought, oh, my, god."

Finished in the stunning colour combination of black with black interior, this E-Type was subject to significant work in 1993, which included a full engine overhaul and complete respray. The current owner has carried out a number of recent improvements. It has just been fully serviced and the interior beautifully re-trimmed in black leather. The car now presents extremely well, with sound shut lines and a lovely shine to the black paintwork. The hood is in 'as new' condition and the engine bay looks in very good order. The manual gearbox shifts cleanly and the power steering appears to operates without fault.

This V12 roadster comes with a fresh MoT and extensive paperwork detailing all works carried out. This is a superb opportunity to acquire a beautiful example of Jaguar's most refined E-Type with impressive Hollywood provenance.