Costing £3846.13 when supplied new by Mann Egerton, first registered in Southend on Sea during August 1973 as NHJ 141M this remarkably original and low mileage V12 Coupe has only covered 12636 miles since new. The mileage is confirmed by older MOT’s covering the period 1977 to 1998 when in the UK , and prior to it’s export to Guernsey in 1988, when the recorded mileage was less than 8000. Over the last thirty years it has covered less than five thousand miles in total.
The mileage is further verified that on sale in 2010, the transfer document confirms the mileage on sale as being 11500, today the reading is 12636 . In April 2012 the FHC and it’s stablemate, a primrose V12 Roadster were featured in an article in Jaguar World.
The E-type was very much a child of the 1960s, but the sleek and stylish star developed middle age spread for the Series 3, 10 years after its debut. Wheel arches flared, extra chrome was added, the almost delicate-looking front grille was enlarged to feature egg-crate slats, disc wheels replaced wires and only longer wheelbase 2+2 roadsters and coupes were available. The purity of the original was replaced by a fussiness that hinted at Jaguar doing all the nips and tucks it could to try to keep the car going until a successor could be found.
However, there was a big bonus with the S3 that you didn't get with any of its predecessors, and that was what was under its long, tapering bonnet. Jaguar had developed a rather glorious 5.3-litre V12 engine intended for the XJ12,by fitting it in the E-type first was a handy way of proving its reliability. With 272bhp on tap, it was a wonderful way of guiding the E-type through its twilight years. And although the V12-powered machines lacked the frantic charisma of the earlier six-cylinder cars, they now had a sophisticated refinement instead that made them excellent GT cruisers. Maybe an earlier E-type could run rings around them in a shorter cross-country blast, but when it came to charging across entire countries on motorways, an S3 was by far the superior choice.
The V12 model stayed in production for just three- and-a-half years until supplanted by the XJ-S. During that time, 14,983 examples were built, with most of the cars going to the United States. It was bedevilled by increasing legislation and a fuel crisis that suddenly made cars unable to haul their fuel consumption out of the teens very unattractive. The final 50 made were finished in black and sported a special numbered dashboard plaque bearing the signature of Sir William Lyons. By then, he'd retired as well... truly the end of two great Jaguar eras