This is a well preserved example with only three owners from new - and the second owner purchased the car in 1980. Always in enthusiasts’ hands, this matching numbers example has been meticulously cared for and maintained from new. It has a brand new factory convertible top, and had one repaint several years ago in its original color and remains in excellent condition. The recent maintenance history includes a mechanical full service, replacement of fuel tank, fuel pump, new alternator, cooling system service including new radiator and all hoses, air conditioning service and new tires. It has never sustained any accident damage and has never had the need for rust repair. All systems are working to original specifications. Cosmetic work included re-padding of the headrests (commonly deflated) to original condition, and a pair of new carpets mats have been supplied and installed. The overall interior remains superb with only the slightest wear and original patina.
The first Jaguar was a 2½-litre saloon that was unveiled at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show in London. The car was made by S.S.—the Swallow Sidecar Company—which was founded in 1922 to make motorcycle sidecars. In 1945, the name was changed to Jaguar Cars Limited. With the introduction of the XK120 and the Mark V in 1948, the next decade was characterized by roadsters and sporting luxury car production. In parallel, there were a range of legendary competition cars produced for the track—the C-Type and the later D-Type. The production side of the business inherited the alpha nomenclature—and much of the seductive styling of the competition cars—when the E-Type was designed. The new car was unveiled in March 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show. The production life of the E-Type ran in three series, from 1961 to 1975. The “Series 1” model started with 3.8 liter engine, which was later increased to 4.2 liters, which also used in the “Series 2” model; and finally, the “Series 3” model featured a 5.3 liter V12 engine. It is difficult to overstate the impact the E-Type made in its day—an impact succinctly captured by Enzo Ferrari when he called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” The Daily Telegraph agreed with Mr. Ferrari when in 2008 the E-Type ranked #1 in its list of the “100 most beautiful Cars”—and though four Ferraris were in the top twenty, it wasn’t close—it was disclosed that the E-Type “received almost four times as many votes as any other car.” The first Jaguar V12 unit was built for a proposed Le Mans car—a modified version of that engine was used for the Series 3 E-Type. Introduced in March 1971, Jaguar entered the V12 market presided over by Ferrari and Lamborghini, but did so with an entry price of $8,000 in the U.S.
This is an example of a well preserved E-Type Series 3 Roadster that has been cared for by enthusiasts since new. As a pre-1975 car, this example would be eligible for entry for many concours and touring events. The heart of a “supercar” is the V12 is an engine. Jaguar’s iconic E-Type concluded its production run with the Series 3, and it received all the best engineering the company could bring to the car. The legacy formed over years of care and attention given to E-Type will now accrue to its next owner.R. Verdés
Editor – SAH Journal; The Society of Automotive Historians
“Jaguar’s V12 is in essence a very well engineered, low-stressed power unit capable of six figure mileages without major attention.”Paul Skilleter, The Jaguar E-Type, A Collectors Guide