Testing the E-Type Series III back in 1972, Road & Track magazine reckoned the new V12 power unit, ‘a sheer delight, by itself almost worth the price of admission. The V12 is a lovely piece of machinery, lovely to listen to and lovely to behold. The exhaust has that hurried sound characteristic of a multiple-cylinder engine where the many explosions per revolution make it sound as if it’s running faster than an engine with fewer cylinders. The idle is smooth and quiet with none of the mechanical busyness one normally experiences from the likes of a Ferrari or Lamborghini V12. And the smoothness lingers throughout the rev range.’
This superior refinement would have counted for little had the Series III proved slower than its predecessors, but the 5.3-litre all-alloy V12 produced 272bhp, more than enough to offset the weight gain over the preceding 4.2-litre XK six and ensure that performance was undiminished. Beneath the skin, ventilated front discs improved braking power and the front suspension gained anti-dive geometry. Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering were now standard, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sportscar. Flared wheel arches, a deeper radiator air intake complete with grille, and a four-pipe exhaust system distinguished the Series III from its six-cylinder forbears, plus, of course, that all-important ‘V12’ boot badge. The interior though, remained traditional Jaguar.
This stunning primrose yellow V12 roadster was built on 10th October 1973 and first registered on 1st November 1974 by Gibbons, Scotland. Subject to a bare metal restoration in 1990 the car benefitted from a new aluminium handmade bonnet by CMC. The bodywork, chassis and paintwork still remain in resplendent order. The sumptuous cream leather interior is in similarly excellent condition.
In addition, the engine had a complete bottom end rebuild with main and big end bearings, timing chain and piston rings rebuilt. This was carried out at 50,500 miles and was carried out by Mill Lane Engineering of Aldershot. The automatic transmission also functions excellently. The car also benefits from numerous upgrades- 4 x SU carburettors, Harvey Bailey handling kit, four pot callipers, aviation spec fuel pump, Koni shock absorbers, re wire and removal of the old emission control system and in June 2014 the gearbox seals were renewed and the torque converter tested.
Rarely are right hand drive V12 roadsters offered to the market in such condition. Don’t miss your chance to own this one reading a believed genuine 78,000 miles from new.