1972 JAGUAR E-TYPE SIII V12 FHCView vehicle description
The Jaguar E-type must be a contender for the title of the world’s most beautiful car, surely? Enzo Ferrari certainly thought so and he was never one to praise other people’s cars with any regularity. Decidedly phallic in profile, it features inch-perfect lines, one of the best engines in the business, and a cockpit straight out of every schoolboy’s dreams.
First launched in 1961 and still around in 1975, the E-type was designed to be aerodynamic rather than beautiful, which goes to prove the engineering adage that if it looks right then it probably is.
Offered initially with the gorgeous 3.8-litre straight-six engine that develops a heady 265bhp, the Jaguar was a democratic car for all its potent sexual symbolism and mouth-watering performance; its list price was the equivalent of just over £30,000 in today’s money, which even its detractors – and yes, there are a few of those, believe it or not – have to admit was an absolute bargain.
Its engine capacity grew to 4.2-litres in 1964, at which point the Jag started to go as well as it looked. The changes also included bigger disc brakes and an all-synchromesh gearbox. The so-called 1½ Series cars arrived in 1967, and the main changes were that the headlights now lacked the Perspex covers of the first cars, they had twin Stromberg carbs, and the eared spinners on the wire wheels were now hexagonal.
The Series 2 cars lasted between 1968 and 1971. This iteration grew larger bumpers and relocated rear lights, plus a new, safer interior. The coupe was still available as a two-seater, something that was to change with the introduction of the series 3 cars in ’71; all coupes would thereafter be 2+2, with small rear seats that were really only suitable for children. Introduced to the range in 1966, the 2+2 body added nine inches to the wheelbase, and it was a move that many feel ruined its silhouette.
The Series 3 cars spanned 1971 through to its death in 1975. The 2+2 was now the only coupe on offer, and a 5.3-litre V12 engine sat beneath the bonnet.
As an ex-Arizona car, this wonderfully original Jaguar E-Type 2+2 FHC has never been welded, a plus point that rules out 99% of the problems you would normally expect to find, and is something that should help the new owner sleep much better at night.
Finished in the wonderfully named Ascot Fawn, its combination of a red leather interior, power-assisted steering, V12 engine and manual gearbox might just be our new favourite specification.
Exported new to the USA in December 1971, it then spent the next 42 years with just the one owner in Arizona before being repatriated to the UK. It was then professionally converted to right-hand-drive, and while some conversions skimp on things like changing the windscreen wiper pattern, this one has been done properly. The British V5 registration document shows just the one previous registered keeper.
While the body panels, wheels and chromework are all original, it has been professionally re-trimmed and painted to a very high standard. With a refurbished engine, drivetrain and chassis, it also drives beautifully and comes complete with a comprehensive history file, the owner’s handbook, a Jaguar Heritage Trust production record trace certificate plus both USA and UK registration papers.
This is a truly stunning car, it feels and drives so much better than its almost 50 year age would suggest – but best of all, while we estimate it should fetch between £36,000 and £42,000, it is being offered with no reserve, so will sell from the very first bid…
On the Outside
The E-Type’s coachwork is in incredible condition. With every panel, all the wheels and most of the chromework believed to be the originals, it is a stunning vindication of how well a dry, salt-free climate can preserve a classic car.
The flanks are free of ripples and serious dings, dents and damage, and the panel shutlines and door gaps are probably better than Jaguar ever achieved in period.
It’s had a full, professional respray in its original colour of Ascot Fawn. The work was done to a very good standard and the car looks stunning; we aren’t sure that we would ever have chosen this colour but the reality is that it looks stunning in the flesh and really suits the car’s flowing lines. Plus, it’s always nice to be just that little bit different, isn’t it?
Speaking of which, it’s also nice to see a Jaguar E-Type on its original steel wheels rather than a set of aftermarket alloys or wire wheels. The wheels themselves are in very good condition, although if we’re being really picky - the chrome hubcaps do have some very light pitting and should the new owner so wish, might decide to have re-chromed. The wheels are shod with matching tyres, all of which have good tread.
As we will never tyre of explaining, our experience shows that matching tyres are an infallible sign of a caring and mechanically sympathetic owner who is prepared to spend the appropriate amount in maintaining their car properly. Their presence does not, of course, preclude the need for a thorough inspection - something the vendor would welcome, by the way – but do give you a shortcut into their attitude towards maintenance.
The chromework is largely original, and in very good condition although it clearly isn’t quite as shiny as a new or rechromed suite of fittings would be. But, we don’t mind a light patina and there would be nothing to stop the car’s new owner fitting new or re-plated items should they prefer to go down that route.
The tiny little quad exhausts and side-hinged rear door help consolidate the fact that the rear is our favourite E-Type angle, but the reality is that this Jaguar doesn’t really have a bad one…
Given that a Waxoyl treatment has been applied to protect the vehicle’s structure and panels, the work to do is limited to polishing the chrome and refitting the driver’s door mirror, which was knocked off by a careless delivery driver.
On the Inside
The re-trimmed interior is, as you might expect, in a stunning condition; the red leather seats and red carpets are beautifully offset by the huge (replacement) wooden steering wheel, sombre black dashboard and wide centre console.
The leather seats are in a fabulous condition; we don’t know how much they set the owner back when they were retrimmed but seats as good as this don’t come cheap. They’re still supportive and firm, and free of rips, tears and other damage. Wearing only the very gentlest of patinas, they’re joined by equally good rear seats, the rear of which has the “oh so simple” and delightful “for and aft” movement – giving you the choice of rear seats or a larger luggage capacity, making this Jag the ideal classic car for the enthusiast with a young family.
The huge boot is as beautifully trimmed as the rest of the interior, being finished in matching carpets and fitted with practical rubber load space runners, the only thing of note is some very light splitting to the leather trim inside the boot on the passenger side. As you can see from the photos, the floorpans underneath the carpets are all in great shape being free of rot, corrosion and damage.
A modern JVC radio/CD player has been fitted and the electrical components we have tested so far all work as they should.
The door cards, carpets, sill and side panel trims, headlining, and dashboard are all in a very good condition; it really is a delightful place to be and, like the exterior, dodges concours condition by little more than a hair’s breadth.
Work to do is pretty much limited to possibly replacing the rubber seal around the tailgate, which shows some wear; that that is the extent of the work that is needed is more a reflection of how little there is to do than a statement of how bad they are.
The engine bay is a real highlight, being very clean and beautifully presented. But, cosmetics aside, the V12 engine itself starts promptly and, as you might expect given the work that has been carried out on it, the car runs and drives very well indeed, with added benefit of power steering.
The car’s mechanical restoration was comprehensive, and while the attached paperwork gives you the full details a broad summary is that it benefits from a new three-piece AP clutch kit, a refurbished Powrlok differential, new rear springs, various suspension and steering components, and a stainless steel exhaust system.
The engine was rebuilt to high-compression specification too, something that cost almost £4,500 all by itself; there is a photographic record of the latter work being carried out in the gallery section of this listing…...
The current owner bought the car three years ago, and he has refurbished the car’s braking and power steering systems. He thinks that the mechanical work that has been done to the car is now so comprehensive that only the wiring loom remains unchanged.
The underside is wonderful; painted in places rather than completely undersealed, it shows off the quality of the car and its components to perfection. While your head tells you that it would benefit from a protective coat of underseal all over, your heart tells you to leave it as it is and just make sure you pressure wash it clean after any winter drive.
Whichever course the new owner sets off on, the fact that it is presented in this virgin state should reassure potential bidders as to the structural and mechanical integrity of the car.
The online MOT history doesn’t show anything of concern.
However, the E-Type doesn’t have a current MOT certificate, and while it is exempt by virtue of its age, we would strongly encourage the new owner to have the car re-MOT’d at the earliest. The cost of an MOT is a small investment when offset against the purchase and upkeep of any classic car, and it gives an independent, third-party assessment of the car’s condition, which not only provides reassurance to the owner (and any subsequent purchasers) but might also be invaluable in the event of a bump when negotiating with the police and any interested insurance companies…
The car comes with a large history file comprising old MOT certificates, invoices and bills, plus the owner’s handbook, a Jaguar Heritage Trust Production Record Trace certificate plus both USA and UK registration papers.
If you’d like to inspect the car prior to placing a bid – something we would encourage – then please contact us here at The Market to arrange an appointment.
What We Think
While the vendor has owned the car for around three years, he’s only pottered around locally in it and accepts that it simply isn’t being used enough to justify keeping it, which is why he has reluctantly accepted that it is time to let it go.
Which is good news for all the British sportscar enthusiasts out there; a Jaguar E-type has always been a safe place to put your money and the current softening of the classic car market hasn’t really changed that; quality will always out, and collectors, enthusiasts and investors will always default to what they know in conservative times – and everyone knows and loves an E-Type.
So, we think this will sell for between £36,000 and £42,000, at which price point it offers an awful lot of car for the money; and remember, it is being sold on a no reserve basis, so will sell from the very first bid, no matter how derisory that might be…
Viewing is always encouraged, and this car can be seen here at The Market HQ in Abingdon; to arrange an appointment please use the ‘Contact Seller’ button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
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