Monterey, Jet Center
16 August 2007
1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE V12 SERIES III ROADSTER
Chassis No. UEIS 25758
Engine No. 7S15789LA
British racing green with tan leather interior and black top
Engine: V12, overhead camshafts, 5,343cc, 241bhp at 4,750rpm; Gearbox: manual four-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 $5,595 list price made the E-Type Jaguar the sensation of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Jaguar's creator Sir William Lyons' instinct for line, proportion and decoration resulted in a masterpiece of design that was also one of the fastest road going cars of the time. The E-Type derived from the evolution of the C-Type's tubular chassis, the D-Type sports racer's 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 was originally powered by a 3.8 litre engine, then upgraded to 4.2 and then 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 aimed firmly at the GT sector of the market. Prior to 1971 only Ferrari and Lamborghini provided this combination, but with less refinement and at a much higher price. The 1974 V12 E-Type cost a mere $8,475 basic compared to a Ferrari Dino at $15,225 and a Mercedes 450SL at $15,450!
This stunning example which Christie's is pleased to offer today was purchased in December of 2004, prior to which it had received a full restoration to the highest standards. We are told that it competed and won the 2000 JCNA National Championship which would support not only the level but age of the restoration. While gaining rapidly in popularity, the Series III Jaguar is rarely found in such quality condition. This four-speed manual, British racing green with tan interior car, offset by chrome wire wheels clearly says it all. These late model E-Type 12 cylinder Jaguars are as much a delight to drive as they are to own.
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