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This 1974 UK supplied Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster has just arrived with us from North Wales. This car offers a fabulous opportunity to buy a UK matching numbers car with a recorded mileage of 33000 (service and maintenance records back to 1981), that we previously owned by Maurice Saatchi of Saatchi & Saatchi Garland Compton Ltd in 1976 for very sensible E-Type Roadster ‘money’. XYE 363N is an excellent driving; usable example that is capable of reliable long distance touring or just simple weekend use and whilst very presentable in areas, it can be further improved.
Mechanically the E-Type has had in the region of £8000 spent in 2015 on improvements to include a suspension overhaul, new brakes, carburettors stripped down, new float valves fitted, new axle mounts, fresh gearbox oil, re-conditioned steering rack and new tyres. A comprehensive history file documents all repairs and maintenance from when the car was seven years old and it's quite clear the car has never had long periods off the road and has not ever required a full restoration. It has been well maintained and kept up too in order to remain a reliable, usable classic. XYE 363N is a great driver, once warmed up the V12 engine runs beautifully and offers impressive power and performance. The car holds good oil pressure, keeps a cool temperature, the automatic gearbox changes smoothly and the kick down works, the steering is precise as it should be with a rebuilt steering rack and the car handles and brakes superbly. It feels lovely on the road and is great fun to drive.
The E-Type started life in Turquoise with Green upholstery. Many years ago the E-Type was colour changed to Black and brand new Red leather upholstery fitted. The interior was also treated to a walnut dash cover and Red mohair hood. The carpets, seats, dash and door cards are all in lovely condition. The bodyshell is strong, straight but not perfect. There have been repairs to sills over the years and the odd minor blister is evident on the paintwork. The most recent owners, busy hotel owners have not been interested in cosmetics or in taking the car to shows, they simply wanted a reliable E-Type to jump in and drive and the car has been perfect for this. When they bought the car they were based in the Chelsea area so the car was used for City driving, now based in the Welsh countryside they have had opportunity to really use the car on the open road. Due to their current business venture there is no time to enjoy the car, so we were approached. Chrome work is of a very good standard, so are the chrome wire wheels and tyres, the engine bay is clean, so is the boot area. There are certainly faults you could pick with this car, but it represents excellent value and has some very strong points.