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1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

Lot No.: 318

Registration: XCO777M
Chassis Number: 1S2708
Engine Number: 7S15842SA
Number of cylinders: 12
CC: 5300
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Sold for (£): 85,500

We are pleased to offer this original right-hand drive UK-supplied 1974 E-type Series III roadster. Dispatched on 14th February 1974 through Evans Cutler of Plymouth, the car was finished in Signal Red with a Black leather interior and featured a manual gearbox. Issued with Plymouth registration plate 'XCO 777M', the first owner was a Mr B. E. Harris of the Alpine Hotel, Torquay. He kept the car until June 1975 when it was sold to a Mr H. Woofenden of Salcombe. In 1977 a Mr Edward Walker took ownership and was to keep it for a further 4 years before 'XCO' was bought by a Mr Martin Kettle of Crewe as a present to his son. Unfortunately, the car was laid up until 1991 before it was acquired in the summer of 1992 by a Mr A. Brooker of Warwickshire.

The history file is a delight, with invoices dating back to 1977 at which point the car was maintained by the Jaguar distributor, Byatts of Fenton Ltd, Stoke-On-Trent, along with a host of other bills from a specialist. There is an invoice for the black Jaguar hardtop supplied by Charles Clark at a cost of £370. In August 1980, when the car had covered only 32,403 miles, the speedometer was returned to Smiths Gauges to be rebuilt, at which point it was reset. Now showing 4,610 miles, we believe the total mileage of just over 37,000 miles from new to be correct corroborated by 26 previous MOT certificates starting with 1977 and finishing in 2013.

A bill for £5,400 from Alscot Garage in 1998 shows the engine and gearbox were removed, split and cleaned before a new clutch was fitted. Other work carried out at the time included; a new steering rack, brake calipers overhauled and the rear subframe dismantled, cleaned and repainted, along with a host of other remedial work. Most recently, the car has been through the workshop and a fresh MOT will be obtained ahead of the sale.

The car is supplied with a UK V5c, its original Jaguar wallet containing its operating, maintenance and service handbook, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, the original wheel nut spanner and mallet. This low mileage Series III, equipped with hardtop, is an incredibly rare find and we urge you to come and view this car before original home-market cars such as this one become even more scarce.