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For every three E-Type's built, two were exported, mainly to the U.S. As American emission regulations were increasingly strangling the performance of the E-Type, the Series III emerged in 1971 with a 5.3 litre V12, based on the layout of the longer 2+2 fixed head. Production ceased in 1974, ending a distinguished life and remarkable export success story. The new V12 used an alloy cylinder block and this kept the weight down, meaning the suspension and body of the cars did not have to modified much and the engine could be sited reasonably well forward without upsetting the cars balance. The most noticeable features of the V12 model are the flared wheel aches and new style grill.
This very early tax exempt V12 E-Type has spent several years on the North Yorkshire Moors with an owner who has enjoyed using the E-Type whilst carrying out improvements and on going restoration work. This E-Type has come to us in strong mechanical condition and drives very well with the expected high performance. The mileage is recorded at 79,700 miles and this fits with the condition and strength of the engine that holds excellent oil pressure. The engine is very fit, pulls strongly and does not smoke. EEE 72 has the desirable manual gearbox and we can confirm the condition is excellent with perfect syncro's and no bearing noise. Whilst the E-Type has been driven to us and kept in good mechanical order, it will be fully serviced and supplied with a full 12 months MOT.
Recent expenditure includes a body restoration and full re-paint in Gunmetal Grey around two years ago. The cost of this work was £6000 and the paint finish is still outstanding today. The body is structurally excellent and the car is straight with lovely fitting panels. Whilst the engine bay isn't detailed, it is presentable and indicates this has been a regular driving car rather than a show exhibit. The E-Type does require some further cosmetic attention and we will be completing this work for the next owner. We are including in the sale a new set of chrome wire wheels as the current set have some heavy pitting. We will also be fitting a new headlining and carpet set as part of our pre sale preparation. The general condition of the upholstery is tidy and original and we are pleased to confirm the E-Type still retains its original Black leather upholstery.
With the final cosmetic improvements made, EEE 72 will prove to be a smartly presented, very usable car. The car is essentially very original and has been subject of improvement work when required. The E-Type has many selling points to include the valuable registration mark, wire wheels, manual transmission and of course qualifies for free road tax. This is a fabulous opportunity to purchase a mechanically and structurally strong car with all the best features, finished in a classic colour combination of Gunmetal Grey with Black trim.