Classics, passion for the past

1973 Jaguar E-Type-Series-3 Roadster

£ 74995

Body Convertible
Odometer 75123
Fuel type Petrol
Engine 5.3L
Transmission Manual
Exterior Color Blue
Interior Color Black
Upholstery Leather
Steering Rhd
The Jaguar E-Type was a British sports car manufactured between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. At a time when most cars had drum brakes, live rear axles, and mediocre performance, the E-Type sprang on the scene with a 150mph top speed, a 0-60 time of less than 7 seconds, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and unrivalled looks. On its release Enzo Ferrari famously called it “The most beautiful car ever made”.

Though it retained the name and overall look of earlier models, the Series III V12 was a very different car. It was less road-racer and more luxury cruiser, but with pace to match or even exceed its predecessors, delivered with smoothness and sophistication.

Frustrated by the American market’s obsession with cubic inches and V8s, which put many off buying an E-type due to it having ‘only’ six cylinders despite its superb performance, Jaguar dusted off an old four-cam alloy V12 Le Mans engine proposal, gave it compact single-cam heads and squeezed it under the E-type bonnet; the 5.3 V12 is just 39kg heavier than the 4.2 ‘six’. Extended wheel arches accommodated a wider track and wheels with low-profile tyres; the original short wheelbase was dropped, the roadster body being stretched to fit the same wheelbase as the 2+2 fixed-head coupe. The vast majority of panels were new, especially on the roadster.

Azure Blue paintwork, Azure Blue removable hardtop, Black soft-top, Black tonneau cover, 4-Speed manual transmission, Power steering, Wire wheels, Rear seats, Wood-rimmed Moto-Lita steering wheel, Lockable glove compartment, Driver and passenger-side door mirrors, Dash clock, JVC CD player, Seat belts, Spare wheel.

The gleaming Azure Blue coachwork presents well throughout, with no signs of corrosion in any of the usual weak spots. The paint itself boasts a deep shine and, while not 100% perfect, is very presentable making this a really usable example. The car is nice and straight along both sides and features good, even panel gaps all round. Finer details such as the lights and brightwork also remain in fantastic condition. The black soft-top is in excellent order with no damage to the fabric or window, and the matching hardtop – a highly sought-after accessory – is also well presented.