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From 1961, the E-Type evolved and improved with every iteration from the original Series 1 Coupés and Roadsters, through the Series 2 cars of the late 1960's, until finally, the 5.3-litre V12 Series 3 arrived in 1971 but was only available as a convertible or a '2+2'. The Series 3 was built on a slightly longer wheelbase with appropriate chassis modifications and larger, more effective brakes in the hope of coping with the turbine smooth, 272bhp delivered by the V12. The grille was enlarged and the beautiful lines were enhanced with flared wheel arches. It now had the ride quality that could match any of its GT rivals, and with power steering and the, newly optional air-conditioning, it possessed the civility and approachability that would make it attractive to a slightly more reticent customer base.
First delivered to a Mr F. Hicks of Headington, Oxford on the 06/05/1971, this delightful Series 3 was supplied by Eyles & Coxeter of Oxford in Regency Red with a Beige leather interior, the combination it wears today. Bought by our previous vendor, the car’s fourth owner, on the 15/09/2009, the Jaguar was to benefit from a sympathetic restoration conducted by Yorkshire Restorations of Baildon. This included a bare metal respray in the factory issued Regency Red, re-chroming, new flywheel, and a full engine rebuild including honing the cylinders. A new five-speed manual gearbox was crafted from a single ingot of aluminium and the ratios were matched to the rear differential, the original gearbox is included in the sale. This work was done by Uryk Dmyterko of E-Type Fabs as was the fitting of performance front brakes. The interior was kept original and the engine bay is a testament to the quality of the work carried out by Yorkshire Restorations. Further upgrades to assist modern driving included the fitting of twin Kenlowe fans and sundry other works.
The history file includes a sheaf of receipts and invoices for the work, and the Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms the matching numbers. The original parts, replaced as part of the car's upgrade, will be supplied with the car conferring matching numbers status. Since the purchase by our vendor, a passionate collector of XK150 and XJ220 Jaguars, the E-Type has benefitted from works to the water pump, steering rack, the fitting of SU carburettors, and an ignition unit by Creed & Shore Motorworks of Shropshire at a cost of some £7,000. Supplied to auction with current Swansea V5c and MOT.
Photographic record of the car's earlier restoration can be seen by clicking on this link: http://yorkshirerestorations.co.uk/JEV12.htm