1973 JAGUAR E-TYPE V12 ROADSTER
H&H Classics | 12-Oct-2016 | Imperial War Museum Duxford | Venue : Duxford Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR
Category : Classic Cars
Lot No. : 126
Year : 1973
Engine Size : 5343cc
Colour : Met. Dark Blue
Interior : Light Blue
Chassis No. : 1S51939BW
Engine No. : 8S12965SA
No longer available - Sold or withdrawn from sale
 

 

- Treated to a very extensive, six-figure restoration and upgrade programme during the late 1990s
- Featured on the front cover of, and the subject of an article in, Jaguar World magazine (July 2000)
- Uprated engine (XJS fuel-injected), automatic gearbox, power steering, brakes, suspension and wheels / tyres etc
One of the all-time great production engines, Jaguar's SOHC V12 was derived from its cancelled XJ13 sports racer project. Eerily smooth and effortlessly powerful, it gave the E-Type a new lease of life. No ordinary E-Type V12 Roadster, this particular example is the result of a major restoration and upgrade programme that was undertaken during the late 1990s at a rumoured cost of well over £100,000 (a still impressive sum today but gargantuan at the time)! Subsequently featured on the front cover of, and the subject of an article in, Jaguar World magazine (July 2000 issue), the concept behind its transformation was to create an E-Type with more contemporary road manners; an idea also shared by such specialist firms as Vicarage, Beacham and Eagle. Based on a `home market' Series III V12 Coupe donor, albeit with so much new metalwork added that little of the original car was re-used, the re-engineered Roadster was fitted with a more powerful, fuel-injected Jaguar XJ-S V12 5.3 litre engine allied to automatic transmission. As well as the more modern powerplant, the two-seater had attention paid to its power steering, suspension and brake systems. Riding on wider than standard wheels / tyres, the uprated Jaguar was re-trimmed in a fetching combination of Light Grey and Dark Blue and even treated to a bespoke leather hood cover. Having covered just 1,200 miles since its reconfiguration was completed, the E-Type remains highly presentable. Starting readily upon inspection and forming part of a private marque collection for the past four years, the two-seater is currently undergoing a cherished number plate transfer. Seemingly well suited to long distance motoring, this special Roadster is offered for sale with a substantial lever arch file full of receipts chronicling its refurbishment, MOT certificate valid until June 2017 and numerous photos.