1974 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 5.3L series IIISOLD

Current ownership since 1977 and just 27,000 miles from new

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Registration No: VLB343M
Engine No: 7S12607SA
CC: 5343
Colour: Red
Trim Colour: Beige
MOT: Oct 2013

Reference Number 195224

as of 10/25/2012

Overview
Car 1974 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 5.3L series III
VIN 1S1950 
Mileage 26,996 miles 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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Known History

By now, even the little green men of Mars must be aware that 2011 was the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, such was the level of global celebration. From birth it was available either as a fixed head Coupe or a two-seater Roadster. For 1966, a 2 2 version of the Coupe was added to the range that was nine inches longer and featured a more vertical windscreen. The Series 3 cars were introduced in 1971, all but a handful of which were fitted with Jaguar's new 5.3-litre V12 engine. The original (short) wheelbase was discontinued and the revised car offered only as Roadster (now based on the longer 2 2 floorpan) or 2 2 Coupe. Production of the Series 3 model continued until 1974, when the range was superseded by the XJS; by which time some 15,000 V12-engined examples had been produced - most of which were exported to North America. The purposeful-looking Series 3 E-Types are readily identified from their predecessors by the large cross-slatted radiator grille, flared wheel arches, wider track and V12 badge on the rear.

 

Riding on chrome wire wheels, this apparently very original, low mileage 1974 V12 Roadster was purchased by the vendor from Swanmore Motors of Boscombe in May 1977. He informs us he is the Jaguar's second private keeper and has added just 10,000 or so miles to the first owner's total of circa 17,000. While in his care it has been carefully maintained and equipped with a new stainless steel exhaust system, Optical ignition, battery and the E-Type's first ever set of replacement tyres. He currently views the bodywork, Red paintwork, chrome and Beige leather trim as "excellent and original", and likewise the V12 engine and four-speed manual gearbox; though he notes that the engine "is not detailed". It is understood this remarkably unmolested Jaguar will have a new MOT by the time of the sale.

 

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle has an MOT until October 2013 and Tax until March 2013.