London,The Jack Barclay Showroom
4 December 2001
1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES III V12 ROADSTER COMMEMORATIVE
Registration No. SVT 820N
Chassis No. 1S 2825
Engine No. 7S 16931 SA
Black with biscuit leather interior
Engine: V12, single overhead camshaft per bank, 5,343cc; Gearbox: four speed manual; Brakes: four wheel disc, servo assisted; Suspension: independent all round. Right hand drive.
The new Jaguar E-Type was a sensation at its launch in 1961. Offering 265bhp from the 3.8litre engine, and with all-round independent suspension and disc brakes, the retail price of just over £2,000 was extremely competitive, while the testimony to the illustrious ancestry of the Jaguar Company. The 4.2 litre engined model arrived in the autumn of 1964 and the ultimate design was the Series III in 1971. This had the new V12 engine producing 272bhp with a top speed in the region of 150mph. The car was now more sophisticated package compared to the original models and firmly aimed at the GT section of the market.
This car is one of the special series of 50 right hand drive cars built to signify the conclusion of manufacture of the E-Type. The particular example was one of the last 49 to sell to private hands, the company keeping the final car, and is 25th from the last car made. The E Type was purchased new by a Director of Byatts in Stoke on Trent, from whom it was acquired by the present owner a year later. It has covered a mere 19,900 miles from new.
During the first year of his ownership the vendor used the car extensively, covering 10,000 miles. Seeing the historic importance of the car he always garaged the car in a dehumidified garage, having it regularly maintained, and covering roughly 200-300 miles per year. However, earlier this year he entrusted the car to the local Jaguar main agent, to complete some comprehensive mechanical work.
The car has never been restored cosmetically, so subsequently there are some signs of ageing to areas of the paintwork, while the interior is in good condition having been refurbished. This is an opportunity to purchase a two owner low mileage example of the last E-Types to be produced which must remain one of the automobile design icons of all time.
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