Wed, 14th Oct 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 24

1972 Jaguar E-Type V12 Coupe

Sold for £48,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: MEU390L
Chassis No: 1S51314

  • 1 of just 2,116 right-hand drive examples and fitted with desirable manual gearbox
  • Two owners for the past twenty-nine years and 59,600 recorded miles
  • On display at a Jaguar main dealership since 2017
  • Subject to restoration works during the 1990s and £3,500 worth of recent expenditure

A home market car first registered in Brecknockshire (or so its ‘MEU 390L’ number plate would imply), chassis 1S51314 was acquired by the vendor three years ago. Forming part of a Heritage Display in his family’s Jaguar main dealership, the E-type is said to have ‘benefited from localised paintwork repairs and polishing of the original chrome, while recent mechanical expenditure amounts to just over £3500.00. The car is fitted with a Kenlowe fan and a rear seat belt to the offside. The interior appears to be original, with recently replaced headrest cushions and presents well’. Known to have had just one additional owner during the past twenty-nine years, the Coupe was treated to various restoration works during the 1990s (with invoices to prove). Believed but not warranted to have covered some 59,600 miles from new, ‘MEU 390L’ unusually sports an overdrive switch atop the gear lever of its four-speed manual gearbox. Due to be freshly MOT tested before the auction, this handsome Jaguar is described by the seller as being in ‘very good overall’ condition with regard to its engine, transmission, electrical equipment, interior trim, bodywork and paintwork.

Model Background:

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 sports car 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. With some 272bhp and 304lbft of torque on tap, the Series 3 E-Type once again had 150mph in its sights. A revised wheelbase yielded better cabin space, while a wider track front and rear, new anti-dive front suspension geometry and fatter tyres improved the road holding. Imbued with a more muscular stance thanks to its flared wheelarches, re-profiled wings and larger grille, it also benefited from vented disc brakes and a restyled interior.


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