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1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2

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  • Mileage~61,963
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Engine5.3L
  • LocationRickmansworth


1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2

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Darren Rungasamy
Automotive Editor, Photographer and Consigner

Jaguar's grand tourer offers a powerful and comfortable drive, the series 3 further improved the model with a silky smooth V12.

The Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2 coupe is considered more of a tourer than a sports car and offers a relaxing drive, with space for 4 people and luggage. However, the virtues of a V12 powerplant still provide plenty of urge and a reputation for incredible refinement and smoothness. These practical and reliable cars are the last in the line of the famous E-Types. As a usable and cheaper alternative to the now rocket money early models, the Series 3 cars have the benefit of additional development and comfort.

This 1971 V12 2+2 coupe has had a thorough restoration, with a high-quality interior, exterior, and mechanical overhaul including an engine rebuild. It has received a number of subtle but useful modifications, enhancing the S3's already impressive abilities. Coming to market from a ~18 year ownership, the car has had around £40,000 spent on restoration over that time to get it to the standard we see today. In "resale" red with cinnamon interior, it's an incredibly attractive UK home market V12 coming to auction.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Darren after meeting Karen and Gary the owners, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

I've always loved the styling of the coupe, and I love classic British motoring from this era.

Gary and his partner Karen originally bought the E-Type coupe as they have always been mesmerised by the sleek iconic design. Active in the classic Lambretta scooter scene, the car would often be driven to meets and events to complement their bikes.

Since carrying out the extensive volume of work on the Jaguar (inside, outside and underneath), it has not seen much in terms of use other than the odd outing and has only covered around ~2,000 miles in the past two decades. This combination of a lack of use, the loss of storage and ongoing projects mean they are looking for a new custodian to take ownership. They'll be happy to answer any questions in the comments section below.

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Resplendent in its red paint, this E-Type's attractive sharp suit is irresistible.

Wheels and Tyres

The original specification wheels have been replaced by a set of period-correct alloys, all are in good condition and suit the restored nature of this car.

The Maxxis tyres are around 10 years old and display above legal thread. Take a look through the pictures to see the detail.


The car has been subject to restoration in the last decade, including a bare-metal respray and lead-filled treatment. As a result, the bodywork is in very good condition as pictured.

When looking over the car in detail, we only noticed the odd signs of minor corrosion on the bottom corner of the bonnet and on one door, but certainly not of any major concern. The structure, underside, bulkhead and inner wings are in very good shape, with the panels fitting well, with a typical slight misalignment noted on the lower sections of the doors. All open and close without issues though.


The paint has an excellent lustre, with no signs of overspray or flat paint across the car. The car is 99% free of chips, with a handful of light blemish at the rear and edges of the side doors.

The condition of the paint has been maintained since respray no doubt due to having been stored in a garage over that time. We were caught out by a freak shower when photographing the car, so on some pictures you'll see some water drops on the bodywork.

Glass and Trim

The glass is in good condition, with no chips or cracks although there are signs of de-lamination occurring through on the top corners of the windscreen. The rubbers are in generally good shape, and a little perishing on the door seals visible.

The chrome is in very good shape, all are said to be original but have been re-chromed by a professional restoration company. The owner has also pointed out that the front grill embellishment was not replaced at the time of restoration as personal preference. This car is also fitted with a Webasto style sunroof.


Tastefully finished, the cabin is a plush and spacious environment, an interior re-trim to match the condition of the exterior.

Seats and Carpets

The seats are in excellent condition, having been part of the restoration process and retain a decent firmness. The carpets are in good shape, with the headlining, plastics and boot covering all looking presentable.

The door cards are good, with the odd mark and signs of age on the armrests. The cabin is dry with no sign of dampness noted. A pair of front headrests are also supplied with the car.


The dashboard is free from wear, with no cracks or damage. There are a handful of minor marks but well below the expected wear of a car of this age. The dials, switches and controls are all in good condition, all are said to function without fault.

The car has seen an upgraded Stereo/Radio/CD/MP3 Kenwood player installed but also comes with the original 4-Track player as part of the sale.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel is in very good shape with no significant wear. The gear lever is good with no damage. The steering wheel is a new item replaced as part of the restoration.


The ultimate in classic touring, its refinement and smoothness are still considered remarkable to this day.

Engine and Gearbox

The engine presentation is striking for its positive condition, with evidence of recently replaced components. As a result, the ancillaries, hoses and wiring should instil confidence in the running of the engine.

The start up process of the car is seamless, with no issues in regards to the cold start. There are no signs of oil leaks, low oil pressure or excessive exhaust smoke was observed, just what you'd expect from a rebuilt engine. As expected the vast engine takes a little time to warm up, but no chain whine or tappet noise were heard while idling. On the move, the V12 runs beautifully, with no lumpiness or undulations. The car has a full stainless steel exhaust installed, which gives the car a mildly more vocal delivery.

Suspension and Brakes

The components have seen a renovation, so as expected the running gear is in good shape. On the road, no outstanding concerns were evident, with the dampers soaking up the ruts and the up-rated 4-pot braking system performing well within their means, with no evidence of binding or juddering.

The Drive

The V12's impressive spread of torque and ultra-smooth cruising ability betrays the brisk acceleration of the car. The automatic gearbox suits the temperament of the car really well and kicked down without slippage.

Please view the mechanical video to hear Gary's opinion of the driving characteristics. Please note that the metal rattling sound in the video is a spare metal component in the boot - the noise is not due to any mechanical issue.

Electrics and Other

The Webasto roof is in excellent shape, with no evidence of leaking on the day. The runners may need a little adjustment but close and open with care. As mentioned in the interior write-up, a modern stereo is fitted in the car, but an 8 track stereo is also provided with the sale.

History and Paperwork

A UK RHD Series 3 Coupe, coming to market from ~18 years ownership and renovated and restored over that period, presented in a beautiful red over cinnamon colourway, if you're in the market for a 2+2 look no further.

The car was originally registered in the Bury area of Manchester. It's likely that spent its life in the North-West until 1986 when it was sold to a buyer in Gloucestershire. The car was retained and maintained by that owner until the early 2000's when Gary took the car onboard around 18 years ago. He then embarked on restoration, with much of the work carried out by Stewart Wells, a London based restorer, a full engine rebuild, exterior and interior restoration too as pictured. The car has also seen its ignition and braking system uprated. Gary estimates that he has spent over 40K over the years to get the car in its current condition.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
06-08-2019 MOT 61,786
01-09-2014 MOT 61,776
21-09-2012 MOT 61,544
16-04-2011 MOT 61,266
23-03-2010 MOT 60,595
16-08-1999 MOT 59,815
13-02-1998 MOT 59,165
Key Details
  • ModelE-Type Series 3 2+2 Coupe
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • Reg. Date18-10-1971
  • CC5,343
  • Mileage~61,963
  • HistoryYes
  • ColourRed
  • Interior ColourCinnamon
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #1S50467BW
  • Engine #7S41596A
  • RestoredYes
  • Engine RebuildYes
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • Former Keepers7
  • Tyre BrandMaxxis
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~18 years
  • Key FeatureRestored and in very clean condition

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Hi, would it be possible to pop over and see the car before the auction finishes? Thanks Tim

Kulraj Salh

Hi Tim, The auction ends at 7PM this evening, please email us with your details to and we will liaise with Karen to see if there is an opportunity at short notice. Best, Kulraj – Trade Classics


Hello, what is rattling on the car in the ‘on the road video’? It sounds really annoying


Hi Gary and Karen are the engine gearbox and chassis all matching numbers


Vehicle Location

Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire

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