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Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 47

1972 Jaguar E-Type V12 Coupe

Sold for £47,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: CVC999K
Chassis No: 1S51213

- Original RHD UK example with manual transmission

- Original colour combination of Willow Green with Beige leather

- Restored in 2006, original registration number

'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, July 5, 1973

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. The new engine was both effortlessly powerful and eerily refined. With some 272bhp and 304 lb ft of torque on tap, the Series III version once again had 150mph in its sights. A revised wheelbase yielded better cabin space which, together with wider tracks front and rear, new anti-dive front suspension and fatter tyres, gave improved 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.

Manufactured on 6th April 1972, CVC 999K was despatched on 26th April to Henlys of Coventry. The car pleasingly retains its original colour combination of Willow Green with Beige leather together with its original registration number. The previous owner entrusted it to specialist Steve Hart of Kings Lynn for restoration in 2006 (summary of work on file) which included a bare metal respray and professional cleaning of the interior to retain the original leather. Subsequently forming part of his large private collection, it was used sparingly following completion of the works. A desirable manual transmission example, it is offered with Swansea V5C, JDHT Certificate, Vehicle Information Sheet, assorted invoices and a selection of old MoTs.

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