London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
4 December 2001
1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE V12 SERIES III 2+2 FIXED HEAD COUPÉ
Not UK registered
Chassis No. UC 1S73060
Engine No. 756696SA
Black with black leather interior
Engine: V12, overhead camshafts, 5343cc, 241bhp at 4750rpm; Gearbox: manual five-speed Suspension: independent, double wishbones with torsion bars to front; independent to rear, with twin coil-spring damper units on each side; Brakes: hydraulic disc all round. Left hand drive.
Electrifying performance, sensational looks and unbelievable value for money at £1480 pre-tax, made the E-Type Jaguar the sensation of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Jaguar's creator Sir William Lyon's instinct for line, proportion and decoration resulted in a masterpiece of design that was also one of the fastest roadgoing cars of the time. The E-Type derived from the evolution of the C-type's tubular chassis, the D-Type sports-racers central monocoque and the fully independent suspension of E2A, which was raced at the Le Mans 24 hours by Briggs Cunningham in 1960. This classic Jaguar model which was originally powered by a 3.8 litre engine, later upgraded to 4.2 gained even more superior performance in 1971 when the 5.3 litre V12 was made available. This was Jaguar's first new engine since the debut of the XK120. With 241 horsepower and the smooth V12, the Jaguar was a refined yet exciting car. Prior to 1971 only Ferrari and Lamborghini provided this combination, but with less refinement and at a much higher price.
This particular example which left the factory on March 25th 1972 has formed part of an important private collection since 1982 and has been regularly maintained, although used only in the summer months. Restored in Holland to showroom condition the vehicle won 2nd prize at the 1982 Essen Classic Car & Oldtimer Börse. Manufactured to US specification it also features the desirable option of factory air-conditioning, chrome wire wheels and the rare 5 speed manual transmission.
In this year of the 40th anniversary of the E-type's official launch in 1961, this ultimate evolution of the E-Type, which Christie's is proud to offer on this occasion, presents a rare opportunity for the serious Jaguar enthusiast to acquire a magnificent example of this model.
Recently tested by a Christie's specialist the car is ready for immediate use, whether for continental touring or as a possible show contender, being in excellent overall condition both mechanically and cosmetically.
Currently registered in the EU with duties paid, it would require registration with the DVLC in Swansea for road use in the United Kingdom.
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