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A brilliantly presented UK home market 1973 example, today finished in Silver over Black leather with matching mohair hood. A restored Series 3 that across the years has been treated to various reliability upgrades, making this original right-hand drive roadster, a desirable 1970’s British grand tourer.
The V12 roadster left the factory 1973 and was first registered in September, believed to have rolled off the production line in the classic Series 3 Primrose Yellow, it is understood the Roadster received bodywork and colour change as it entered into the hands of its third owner, Mr SNG Barratts himself.
Starting out in the 1970’s as a Jaguar spares and parts suppliers, SNG Barratts, run at the time by founder Stephen Barratt, with the help of his family, would regularly visit Jaguar spares days and autojumbles to replenish stock. Jump forward 50 years, SNG Barratts has become one of the world’s largest independent Jaguar parts manufacturer and supplier.
The Series 3 V12 landed in the hands of Stephen N.G Barratt in March 1977. It is believed during Mr Barratt’s ownership the E-type was repainted to Old English White, this work is supported by accompanying period photos of the E-type in a stripped format, supplied by SNG Barratts current director, Mr Julian Barratt. Throughout the years the E-type passed several hands, making it’s way across the country and into the hands of its 8th custodian, Mr Breach in 1991. During this ownership, it has been documented the E-type received an engine change by a Gloucestershire Jaguar specialist in October the same year.
It is understood that in the late 1990’s the E-type received another colour change to Jaguar Silver as recorded via a V5c copy. From the beginning of the new millennium, the E-type owners began to fully document the E-type's upkeep, with future owners following the new tradition, retaining countless documents and invoices for servicing, maintenance and all-around troubleshooting of running issues, all undertaken by local classic car specialists. For the following 10 years, the E-type ownership continued to ensure the roadster was kept to a high level of finish and performance, with notable work undertaken in 2011 by the E-type's 11th custodian, Mr Escolme of West Sussex. The project addressed several running issues, as well as a general overhaul of perished/perishing mechanical opponents, with particular attention given to the exhaust system, front suspension, braking and starter motor.
In 2012, the E-type entered into its current ownership and prior to delivery began a full bare metal respray, ensuring the exterior matched the level of attention received by the E-types running over the years. The project saw the E-type stripped to bare metal, areas of corrosion repaired/replaced which included both rear wheel arches, the shell was then filled, painted in Jaguar Silver and finally machine polished. The new finish was topped off with all new over-riders, bonnet chromes and fitment rubbers. As the exterior restoration was nearing completion, it was decided to also refresh the interior, retrimming the seats and hood and fitting news carpets, door cards and armrests.
The newly completed Roadster began its beloved ownership with its current custodian in great form, for the last 9 years, the E-type has been meticulously cared for with ongoing work given to commissioning rebuilds of the automatic gearbox, rear differential, heater box, prop shaft and water pump. Alongside rebuilding ageing mechanicals, the E-type has been treated with a number of reliability and performance upgrades, that include:
- Uprated aluminium radiator
- High torque starter
- Denso V12 E-Type Alternator
- Stainless steel exhaust system with ceramic coated manifolds.
The E-type is accompanied by an extensive history folder documenting years of parts and works invoicing. Also featured in the file are period photos and a photography book documenting the E-type's restoration process and subsequent events such as a Brooklands photoshoot, Goodwood and meeting Norman Dewis, who can be seen posing next to the Series 3.
The E-type is available for immediate viewing, please call us on 01732 852762 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a viewing.