19th Jun, 2024 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

 
Lot 45
 

1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster
Just 36,959 miles from new

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Lot details

Registration No: NTB 269M
Chassis No: 1S2233
MOT: March 2025

  • Finished in its original colours of Blue Azure Blue paintwork with a complementing Biscuit interior
  • Just 36,959 miles from new and 7 former keepers recorded with the DVLA
  • UK RHD example with matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Offered with JDHT certificate, collection of old MOT certificates plus invoices
  • Original Passport to Service displaying a couple of stamps plus operating and service handbook

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." (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 wheel arches, re-profiled wings and larger grille, the model also boasted vented disc brakes and a restyled interior.

Chassis 1S2233, ‘NTB 269M’, was built on 15th August 1973 and despatched on 6th September 1973. Wearing Azure Blue paintwork with a complementing Biscuit interior, it was ordered with a manual gearbox and distributed by Ashton Preston Garages Ltd, Preston, Lancashire and is all stated on the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Dating Certificate. First registered 12th October 1973, the current mileage is c.36,959. In June 1984 the record of MOT mileage began at 26,324 miles. In April 2001 the then owner, a Mr Bradley, wrote to Maranello Sales to confirm the mileage of 26,324 miles on the date of purchase in July 1985. He stated it was transferred to Mr Bradley’s company in March 1990, then into his wife’s name in June 1991, ‘changed for book-keeping purposes’, so, only two owners from new and confirming the mileage of 31,013 is correct in April 2001.

Work has included: July 2001- Martin Robey Eng Ltd carried out axle and rear brake work at a cost of £2,086 and Hamptons coach trimmers supplied and fitted a new mohair hood, along with a frame repaint for a cost of £527; July 2002- I.J Feakin Ltd £833.37 on mechanical fettling and servicing; April 2003 ignition system work; 2007- SC Parts £965 splined hubs, spinners and a grille £129; Jan 2011- MWS chrome wire spoke wheels; April 2021- correspondence with dealers Maranello. ‘NTB’ has had various parts supplied from SNG Barrett and the SC Parts Group with invoices on file for those and the aforementioned work. Among the documents is correspondence from July 1985 with HR Owen regarding a possible part exchange involving a Range Rover and a March 1988 letter about a new windscreen from The Chelsea Workshop.

A matching chassis and engine numbers car with just 7 former keepers recorded with the DVLA, ’NTB 269M’ is offered with a collection of old tax discs, MOT history (the majority of MOTs dating back to 1984), the original Passport to Service displaying a couple of stamps, the operating and service handbook, the Jaguar wallet and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Dating Certificate. There are some old copies of previous V5 Registration Documents and the current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
james.mcwilliam@handh.co.uk
07943 584760

 

Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 19th Jun, 2024

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