The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1972 Jaguar E-Type Roadster V12 Series III

Lot No.: 705

Registration: OUH 479M
Chassis Number: 1S1322
Engine Number: 7S5925SA
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5343
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Estimate (£): 65,000 - 75,000
(+buyer’s premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

A decade after the Jaguar E-Type arrived, the design progressively matured through various developments until 1971 when the Series III was introduced. Designed to showcase the new smooth and torquey 5.3-litre engine, originally developed for Le Mans, the Series III cars were available as a ‘Roadster' (convertible) or a '2+2' Coupé. These later cars are easily distinguished from their six-cylinder predecessors by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tyres, a pronounced bonnet bulge, updated bumpers, four exhaust tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. It also featured uprated brakes, power steering as standard and a large horizontal scoop added to the underside of the bonnet to assist with cooling.

The interior was entirely new in the V12, with more comfortable seating, stylish new door panels and a smaller, dished and leather-rimmed steering wheel. Being 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. Approximately 7,990 Series lll Roadsters were sold worldwide before production ceased in 1975.

We are pleased to offer this original right-hand drive, UK-supplied 1972 E-type Series III roadster. According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, it was built on the 5th. May 1972, finished in Signal Red with a Black interior and was fitted with a manual gearbox. It was dispatched from Jaguar on the 26th May and sent to Fletchers of Swansea and subsequently first registered on the 1st of June. 1972. Bearing the Swansea registration EWN 393K, this shiny new E-type was collected by its delighted first owner, one W K Eynon, later that month. 

Presumably equally delighted, our vendor's father, Anthony Michael O'Connor, acquired the car (now registered OUH 479M) on 28/06/1991 and enjoyed the late summer with the top down before presenting it for an MOT on 13/09/91 with the mileage recorded at 14,057. The car was used lightly over the next few years and, on 1/05/1999 its care was entrusted to his son, Mr M G O'Connor, and the car was duly registered in his name. Again the Jaguar was obviously used infrequently as the mileometer was only indicating 16,310 when it was subject to an MOT test on 29/04/2000.

This has been the pattern since, as is apparent from the car's MOT history showing increments, in many cases, of less than 100 miles a year. The most recent MOT on 12/04/2017 shows a figure of 17,428 which has changed very little since.

This lack of use, however, does not mean the E-Type was poorly maintained and there are invoices within the file from local Jaguar specialists, Newlands Motors of Forest Row, Sussex detailing servicing and routine maintenance in addition to dealing with any other issues that arose. There is one dated 31/7/13 (£2,420) for a routine service and at this point, a new 'Fantail Exhaust' was fitted, front swivel gaitors and clutch slave cylinder were replaced, and the car was valeted and machine polished. A similar one on 21/08/14 (£2,055) lists a new alternator, voltage regulator, steering rack and swivel gaitor replacement, and in addition, a steering lock was fitted and wired in. The most recent invoice on 7/10/16 (£1,440) refers to work on the brakes, indicators and ignition amplifier.

Although well maintained and gently used, this lovely Series III would benefit from some recommissioning and light detailing. Cars of this nature are happiest when they are used and extended, and we envy the new owner of this lovely E-Type the opportunity of doing so.