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1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 Roadster Auto

Lot No.: 107

Registration: XSU 153
Chassis Number: UD1S74551
Engine Number: 7S10310LA
Number of cylinders: V12
CC: 5300
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Sold for (£): 72,020

The Jaguar E-Type is a total British automobile legend, manufactured by Jaguar between 1961 and 1975. Its success was due to its stunning looks, high performance and competitive pricing - the equivalent Ferrari of the day costing three times more and delivering less horsepower!

Enzo Ferrari described it as " The most beautiful car ever made" and Jaguar went on to produce over 70,000 of them as the model evolved through the '60's and '70's.

This car was built by the world renowned Jaguar restorers, Vicarage Classic Car Company, from Bridgnorth in Shropshire in the early 1990's. Vicarage were famous for updating and re-engineering cars to modern standards, offering superior build quality, improved driving responses and greater security than the original. Ordered by a Mr Pollock of Aspen Oil Ltd. who then told Vicarage that he wanted a unique specification car. His desire was to combine the convenience of rear seats offered by the 2 plus 2, with the stunning looks of the Roadster. At the same time he wanted modern upgrades to make the car more user-friendly and specifically he wanted the car finished in Rolls Royce Cobalt Blue with a beige leather interior.

So, at a cost of an eye-watering £91,568 in 1990, he ordered this car which was then converted from a left hand drive 2 plus 2 V12 into a right hand drive V12 Roadster, allowing for the extra seats in the back and then he added the following specification:

Wire wheels

Mohair Hood

Tinted glass

Michelin XWX lower profile tyres

Stainless steel exhaust

Automatic transmission B/W 65/66

Air conditioning

Alpine stereo system

'High Performance' engine

Oil cooler and auxiliary engine cooling fan

Central locking and alarm

Wing mirrors

Lamb's wool over-rug

Wiper Dwell

Bespoke beige leather interior

The car took Vicarage nine months to complete and since then just 32,000 miles have been covered. It has since been fastidiously maintained by both Martin Hall of Birds Automobiles and more recently, Nick Goldthorp, of CMC Ltd in Bridgnorth.

In fact, the most recent bill (£7,000) from CMC confirms that work to the steering, brakes and a full service were carried out in August 2012, along with a new set of rear discs and pads fitted in November 2012 by Guy Salmon Jaguar of Northampton.
This car is truly stunning to look at and drive today. Built by one of the best specialists in the world it is now ready to be enjoyed by the luckiest of new owners. This car is featured in the book "E TYPE JAGUAR" by Andrew Morland, where no less than 7 pages are dedicated to show the unique beauty of this car.(A copy of the book is included in the comprehensive history file)
ALL proceeds from this Lot, including the purchase price of the car and all auction commissions, will be entirely donated to BBC Children in Need by the extremely generous vendor. Wow - what a unique and completely exciting opportunity!