Lot details Registration No: GPF103J Chassis No: 1550170 Mot Expiry: April 2006
At the launch in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type was a sensation. Employing monocoque construction, independent suspension and disc brakes all round, the new supercar was clothed in aerodynamic bodywork and powered by the already well proven XK motor, initially of 3.8-litre and from 1964 of 4.2-litre capacity.
Increasingly stringent US impact and emission regs in Jaguar's largest and most vital foreign currency earning export market, however, added weight and reduced performance on the E-Type S2 4.2 model. The Midlands firm's solution was to come up with a totally new power unit, the 1971 launched Series 3 E-Type gaining an even more torquey and emissions-friendly V12 engine of 5343cc capacity which pushed out a very impressive and unstressed 272bhp.
This early S3, a right-hand drive coupe with 2+2 accommodation, first left Jaguar's Coventry works in 1971. Bills on file, backed up with a photo record, confirm a bare metal respray which took place around 10,000 miles ago, since when the fixed head has been restricted to dry weather running only. The current mileage (43,759 miles being displayed when entered for the auction) is believed by the vendor therefore to be the genuine total for the car from new.
Current cosmetic and mechanical condition is described by him as being good overall with BRG painted bodywork, black leather interior, 5.3-litre V12 and desirable to have four-speed manual transmission reportedly all in good order. The latest MOT will still be valid until the middle of May and the tax disc until next March.