Lot 76 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2020)
Sold for £60,000
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: BSS251M
Chassis No: UE1S25998BW
Mot Expiry: January 2021
Described as having ‘very good’ bodywork, paintwork, upholstery, V12 engine and transmission
The handsome automatic V12 Roadster on offer started life as a lefthand drive export model that was despatched to British Leyland New York on July 10, 1974. Following repatriation three years ago it has undergone a comprehensive level of refurbishment. Aside of being converted from left to righthand drive and being completely resprayed in its original colour of British Racing Green, the Roadster’s Biscuit-coloured interior trim, hard top and hood have all been renewed. The exhaust and braking systems have been overhauled, during which the discs and calipers were replaced. Other new parts include the rear subframe mountings, radiator and engine timing chain. Following the work, the vendor understandably regards the bodywork, paintwork, upholstery, engine and transmission as all being in ‘very good’ order. This cool cat is now available complete Heritage Certificate and V5c.
The immortal E-Type made its debut at the 1961 Geneva Salon and was the fastest production car of its day – its 3.8-litre straight-six engine allowing a 0-60mph time of c.seven seconds and top speed of 150mph. From birth, the model was available as a Fixed Head Coupe or a two-seat Roadster. The engine size was increased from 3.8 to 4.2-litres in October 1964. For 1966, a 2+2 version of the Coupe was added to the range. It was 9in longer and featured a more vertical windscreen. The Series 3 was introduced in 1971 and, with the exception of a handful of now very rare examples, was equipped with a new 5.3-litre V12 engine. The original (short) wheelbase was discontinued and the revised car offered only as a Roadster (now based on the longer 2+2 floorpan) or 2+2 Coupe. Production of the V12 continued until the entire model range was superseded by the XJS in 1975; by which time some 15,000 V12-engined cars had been produced – most of which were exported to North America.