Wed, 17th Nov 2021 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 26

1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster

Sold for £61,875

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: MCY 446L
Chassis No: 1S 22625
MOT: Exempt

  • Supplied new to America and understood to have been a one owner car until 2019 when it was imported to the UK
  • Credible but unwarranted 66,000 miles
  • Said to retain 'factory shut lines'
  • Matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Desirable manual gearbox

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 Metallic Silver with Black leather upholstery, this handsome left-hand drive V12 Roadster is understood to have had just two owners from new. The first residing Stateside and the second here in the UK. Reportedly ‘a matching numbers example which is completely unmolested and retains the factory shut lines’, the vendor is also confident that the 66,000 miles shown to its odometer represents the total covered from new. Riding on chrome wire wheels shod with whitewall tyres, the two-seater features the preferred four-speed manual gearbox. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and sundry paperwork, ‘MCY 446L’ is summed-up by the seller as ‘a beautiful low owner, low mileage machine’.


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