We are proud to present to you one of the finest examples of Jaguar Series 3 E – Type’s V12 Roadster here in the United Kingdom. Finished in the most beautiful combination, in its original colour Azure Blue and biscuit interior.
First registered 3rd April 1974 Henly’s Limited, City Road, Chester to a Mr L Rifkin, who kept the car immaculate and original through all these years. Only recent the roadster has been treated to a light restoration and numerous major improvements.
Jaguar introduced the E-Type in March 1961 to worldwide acclaim. By May of that year, it had won its first race held at Oulton Park driven by Graham Hill. Success on road and track was to continue right up to 1974, with over 70,000 E-Types eventually produced in Coventry. The roadster ran production for 3 years. Talk about love at first sight, Enzo Ferrari described it as "the most beautiful car ever made".
The Series 3 is easily identifiable by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tyres, four exhaust Church Organ like tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. The stunning blue colour of the car and the lovely wire-wheels enhance the cars delightful appearance.
The short wheelbase FHC body style was discontinued, with the Series 3 available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé. The newly used longer wheelbase now offered significantly more room in all directions.
Under the bonnet boasts a Jaguar’s new 5343cc V12 producing a purring 272bhp, 0-60 mph acceleration of less than 7 seconds outshining by far most of the competition such as the BMW 3.0CS, Mercedes 450 SLC and Jensen Interceptors. The twelve-cylinder Series III cars are ideal grand tourers for someone looking for quintessential British design combined with plenty of power and torque. This model has the 3-speed automatic gearbox which again is extremely smooth running and adds to the car’s refinement. Remember the E type was famous for being able to crack that magical 150mph barrier, dared to be done!! There are minor upgrade to the front brakes with drilled and grooved front discs. This certainly isn’t a bad thing, a piece of mind knowing the car has some extra stopping power over a standard vehicle.
Absolutely beautiful inside than it is outside for sure. Unmarked and very luxurious biscuit tan leather interior, the seats are very plush and welcoming.
The same can be said for the driver’s seat. The feeling of the captain’s boat with the view of the long bonnet and the large steering. However, we all know this car is no slow boat.
The dash is filled with period correct e-type Smiths’ clocks and switches, all look as new as the day it left the factory and all work perfectly.
This car is strictly a 2-seater GT car.
Boot – A generous spacious boot for a sports car with a retracting roof plus a spare wheel and tool case. The roof does not intrude on the boot space and happy to carry a good size luggage case for a trip South. Recently removed from long-term storage in a private collection, everything has been maintained ready to use and show. The accompanying history file is substantial, containing many expired MoT certificates going all the way back as well as a vast number of invoices chronicling the vehicles meticulously maintained life. Please check the original Jaguar British Leyland service ‘passport’ book.