The Restoration Show Sale 2014

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1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

Lot No.: 138

Registration: PAT 763G
Chassis Number: 1S1588
Engine Number: 7S7938SA
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5343cc
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Estimate (£): 24,000 - 28,000
Sold for (£): 44,275

Jaguar introduced the E-Type in March 1961 to worldwide acclaim. By May of that year, it had won its first race held at Oulton Park driven by Graham Hill. Success on road and track was to continue right up to 1974, with over 70,000 E-Types eventually produced in Coventry. On first sight, Enzo Ferrari described it as "the most beautiful car ever made" and most people would agree he was not wrong!

This highly original Series 3 V12 Roadster was manufactured on 23rd October 1972 in its original colour combination of Azure Blue with black interior. It was delivered new to Henlys of London in manual specification to a Miss Margaret Vera Hind of Ruddington. Since then the car has had seven further keepers, the current owner acquiring PAT 763G in 2000 from marque specialists, The E-Type Centre. Since then he has covered 16,000 miles "of most enjoyable motoring." The current mileage is reading 74,500, which is believed to be genuine.

Accompanying the car is a significant history file detailing previous owners, bills, invoices, old MoT certificates and letters between owners. Although not supplied with a hood, the car boasts a rare hard-top, which is also finished in Azure blue. Since purchasing the vehicle, the current owner has carried out a number of major improvements. From 2008-2011 some of the following works were carried out: a new propshaft fitted, differential rebuilt, gearbox rebuilt, new clutch assembly, brake servos and master cylinders replaced and ignition system replaced along with the starter motor. There is a full breakdown of costs since 2000, which total £33,332. 

The originality of this car is best demonstrated by the original interior trim and seats, which show a lovely patina and are a rare sight in today's market. This example is an ideal classic car to be used and enjoyed or an incredible basis for a show-winning restoration. Either way, it offers superb value at today's guide price.