Lot 24 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Sold for £51,750
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: AUR616M
Chassis No: UE1S23346BW
By 1971, Jaguar's jaw-dropping E-Type had been in production for a decade. Despite continual improvements, new emissions legislation in the all-important American market threatened to strangle the big cat's performance. Jaguar responded by giving its revered sportscar fresh claws in the shape of a 5343cc V12 developed from the stillborn XJ13 Le Mans project car. The new engine was both effortlessly powerful and eerily refined. "The turbine-like smoothness with which the engine provides a sustained shove in the back is almost uncanny, the more so when one accelerates hard in top gear without even a gearchange to interrupt one's headlong dash into the distance" (Autocar 5th July 1973). With some 272bhp and 304lbft of torque on tap, the Series III E-Type once again had 150mph in its sights. A revised wheelbase yielded better cabin space and in conjunction with wider front / rear tracks, new anti-dive front suspension geometry and fatter tyres gave improved road holding. Imbued with a more muscular stance thanks to its flared wheelarches, re-profiled wings and larger grille, the model also boasted vented disc brakes and a restyled interior.
Finished in its original shade of White matched to a Black interior ‘AUR616M’ has just been subject to a fresh repaint and fitted with electronic ignition, uprated power steering rack plus brand new seats, door cards and carpets. A matching number example the Jaguar is offered with heritage certificate and V5c document.
PLEASE NOTE: This lot is offered with a new Mohair hood which is not fitted