The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot No.: 249

Registration: Not Specified
Chassis Number: 1S2191
Engine Number: 7 S12782SB
CC: 5343
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Sold for (£): Unsold

A decade after the first Jaguar E-Type arrived late in 1961, the design progressively matured through 1971 with a smooth and torquey V12 engine replacing the straight-six that had effectively reached the end of its development life. Known as 'Series III' cars, they also featured a larger bonnet bulge, larger wheel openings, a slightly wider track, a revised grille, and updated bumpers. The convertible now rode on a longer 105-inch wheelbase and as a result, the doors and sills were longer, and the length and depth of the floor pan increased. A large horizontal scoop was added to the underside of the bonnet to assist in cooling. The interior was entirely new in the V12, with more comfortable seating and stylish new door panels. The centre console was now vacuum-formed with a simulated leather finish and a smaller, dished and leather-rimmed steering wheel was fitted. Slightly larger, and altogether much softer in nature, the E-type in Series III form had lost the wildness of its youth but gained the long-legged touring profile to which it was arguably better suited.

This, right-hand drive, Series III V12 roadster was registered in March 1973 and is the desirable manual version. It's finished in Old English White with a deep Red interior and chrome wire wheels. We’re informed this car was exported to Jersey in 2008 to form part of a significant private collection and it has resided there ever since. Clearly, large sums have been spent on this car during its life in order for it to present in the condition it is today. Regrettably, the history file is very thin as the Jersey owner was a very private man and only the registration documents were passed onto the current owner. What is interesting, however, is that the UK registration plate, ‘FUE 197M’ was the registration the car had before it was exported and shows only one previous UK owner. A Jaguar Heritage Certificate has been applied for at the time of writing and hopefully will be united with the E-Type prior to the sale confirming its credentials. All import duties and taxes will be paid as it returns to the shores from whence it originated in time for our Salon Privé Sale. 

FUE 197M has recently been serviced by our vendor and is enjoying a new stainless steel exhaust. This fabulous Series III reportedly drives as well as it looks, and will repay a close inspection.