Lot 94 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £75,375
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: MMY789L
Chassis No: 1S1440BW
- One of just 1,872 right-hand drive Series 3 Roadsters made
- More than £40,000 spent over the last four years
- Shows a credible 33,900 miles on its odometer
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 US market threatened to strangle the big cat's performance. Jaguar responded by giving its revered sports car fresh claws in the shape of a 5343cc V12 developed from the stillborn XJ13 Le Mans project car. The new engine was effortlessly powerful and eerily refined. With some 272bhp and 304 lb ft of torque on tap, the Series 3 once again had 150mph in its sights. A revised wheelbase yielded better cabin space and, together with wider tracks front and rear, new anti-dive front suspension geometry and fatter tyres gave improved road holding.
One of just 1,872 right-hand drive Series 3 Roadsters made, 'MMY 789L' is fitted with automatic transmission and shows a credible 33,900 miles to its odometer. The vendor informs us that he has spent more than £40,000 on the E-Type over the last four years including a full repaint, interior retrim plus engine work. This charismatic Big Cat is now being sold complete with history file and is currently described by the vendor as having 'excellent' engine, transmission, interior, paintwork and bodywork. The perfect cruiser for next summer.