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1972 Jaguar
XKE Series III Roadster

Perfect Reflections Paint, Well Sorted, Beautiful Presentation.

  • VIN1S20706
  • Exterior ColorOpalescent Blue
  • Interior ColorBlue Leather
  • Mileage75135 Miles
  • Engine5.3 Litre 12-Cylinder
  • Engine no.7S7524SA
  • Transmission4-Speed
  • StatusSold
  • StockFJ1318


1972 Jaguar XKE Series III Roadster
s/n 1S20706, Engine no. 7S7524SA
Opalescent Blue with Blue Leather

In March of 1961 when the E-Type was unveiled to the world, it was a truly stunning and groundbreaking car. Its specification was state of the art, its bodywork arrestingly gorgeous, and the price surprisingly affordable. It embodied William Lyons` value beautifully and it is no surprise that the E-Type has become such a legendary part of automotive history. The specification clearly demonstrated Jaguar`s racing experience and included independent suspension all around (at a time when Ferrari was still using live rear axles), disc brakes all around (inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight), and of course Jaguar’s legendary twin overhead cam engine.

In 1971, the Jaguar E-Type Series III introduced a V12 engine to the model, which replaced the inline 6-cylinder unit used on the first and second series cars. This raised the car's appeal by having much more exotic specification. Jaguar called it the \"Ultimate Cat\" and advertised its inherent smoothness and absence of engine noise.

Along with the new engine, the body entire car was lengthened for additional cabin space. Along with the longer 105-inch wheelbase, the body had flared wheel arches, revised bumpers, and a large scoop under the front grill.

Inside the V12 had an entirely new interior with new reclining seats, an updated center console, new door panels and a revised steering wheel. The dashboard retained much of the Series II layout, but included the 2+2 stowage areas above the floorwells.

This particular example is a stunning car, presented in the popular opalescent blue which was an optional factory color on Series I cars. It is trimmed in high quality blue leather, and carries the desirable 4-speed manual transmission and air conditioning options. It has been a California Bay Area car for approximately the last fifteen years, with considerable service work having been carried out by Jaguar restoration and service expert Steve Gordon of Oakland, California. Recent paint work was performed by Brian Hoyt’s Perfect Reflections, a multi-time Pebble Beach Concours winning shop. The upholstery work was done by Jim Silva’s Sure Fit, also with an excellent reputation locally.

The car has a fresh presentation inside and out. It can be best described as an outstanding driver condition car, although the initial appearance is that of a fully restored automobile. The bodylines, paint work, and chrome, is all in good order. The upholstery, carpets, top, and switchgear are all excellent. The engine bay is reasonably well detailed, and it is clear that considerable care has been taken carry out all maintenance and repairs in a professional manner. The underside of the car is generally very solid, and while perhaps not fully detailed, is in keeping with a nice driver condition car.

The car runs and drives well with good power, easy to operate power steering, effective brakes, great synchros, and a solid driveline. The air conditioning blows, but not very cold.

Included with the car are records for recent restorative works which stand at least two inches thick, demonstrating the care which has been taken with this car during the current and previous ownership periods.

Much more information to follow.….

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