1973 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 5.3L series IIISOLD

AutoSport 2007 Auction, The NEC - Birmingham UK, Saturday 13th January 2007

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Estimate: ú21,000-25,000

Sold: ú20,000

On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation, with all the promise of its looks confirmed by a 150mph top speed and 0-60 and 0-100mph in 6.9 and 16.2 seconds respectively. In October 1964 it was joined by the 4.2 litre model; apart from the capacity increase giving improved torque but the same power, it boasted a new all synchromesh gearbox.

With the Series 2 of October 1968, however, US emission and safety regulations had their way, the E-Type losing some of its elegance and performance with, in US guise only, power reduced to 177bhp. Thankfully Jaguar responded in March 1971 by fitting its new 5,343cc twin-cam V12 engine - born of the quad-cam unit of the XJ13 sports racer - into the E-Type in both coupe and roadster forms.

Honour and performance were restored: 145mph and 0-60 and 0-100 in 6.5 and 15.8 seconds respectively. With 272bhp at 5,850rpm and 3041b.ft at 3,600rpm, the V12 was also incredibly refined and flexible and it is still regarded as one of the finest ever production engines. The Series 3 E-Type also boasted improved grip courtesy of wider wheels and tyres, anti-dive front suspension, ventilated front disc brakes and an 18 gallon fuel tank, while the bonnet sported a discreet spoiler and larger grille.

This fine example delights in having the practical automatic gearbox, leaving the driver free to plant his foot into the Wilton and simply revel in that glorious exhaust note. It has been the subject of a mechanical restoration in 1999/2000 by famous Jaguar specialist Ken Bell. This nudged WKX 1M into the limelight, starring as it did, in a German documentary film in location in London and featuring a very famous politician and also featured on the front cover of Classic and Sportscar in July 2000.

Finished in Signal Red with a contrasting black leather interior this example is supplied with a V5 document, current MoT valid until June 2007, invoices and old MoT's. The V12 E-Type combines all the power and the glory that this episode of Jaguars history so rightly deserves.

Reference Number 5622

as of 1/2/2007

Car 1973 Jaguar E-Type Convertible 5.3L series III
VIN 152098BW