We are delighted to offer for sale this gorgeous manual E Type Roadster on behalf of one of our valued, long-term customers.
Having covered just 66781 miles from new, evidenced by a comprehensive service history that tells a story of a car always been properly cared for and never allowed to deteriorate, making this a most unusual E Type with none of the horror stories we so often see.
The car was delivered as a home market, manual Coupe and was converted to Roadster configuration when barely 15 years old. The work was carried out to such a standard that it’s impossible to distinguish it from a factory convertible and we’ve always known the car as a drophead.
It’s a car we know very well, having carefully maintained and improved it cosmetically over the 15 or so years it’s been in our expert care; meaning that this ‘E’ is very much a part of our history.
Finished in a very understated and factory original Dark Blue with contrasting grey hide, this is a home market RHD car, specified from new with the desirable manual gearbox, which really allows that glorious V12 engine to shine.
Cosmetically, it’s absolutely immaculate, with uniform shut lines, perfect sills and no corrosion anywhere to be seen. Given we’ve maintained it for such a significant proportion of its life, it’s a car we are happy to attach our name to, so confident are we of its structural, cosmetic and mechanical condition.
It comes with a rare and desirable factory hard top and is fitted with chrome wire wheels, culminating in one of the best looking Series 3’s we’ve seen; and is a refreshing change from either ‘retail red’ or some of the less palatable colours offered in period. The Series 3 really has come of age and when finished in the right colour (which this one is) is a stunning car.
Over the years, many V12 E’s haven’t been maintained to a standard befitting their mechanical complexity, resulting in cars that drive poorly; this isn’t one of them. It feels tight, holds strong factory oil pressure and goes, stops and sounds just like it should, which is breathtaking for a car now over 45 years old.
What makes this car so special is that it’s been scrupulously maintained from new, backed up with a comprehensive history file that shows regular specialist maintenance back to the early 1980’s and delightfully, copies of MOT’s that go all the way back to 1975, when just 3 years old; this type of history and provenance is priceless.
We’ve built our business and our reputation on our expertise of E Types and it’s our view that the Series 3 represents very strong value when compared to the earlier 6 cylinder models; yes, the later cars are more ‘Grand Tourer’ than out and out sports car, but that manual box, mated to the almost turbine-like power of the V12 really is joyous to behold.
This car represents a great value route into convertible E-Type ownership; for similar outlay, you could buy a tatty original car and be faced with the significant investment of bringing it up to standard. What we have here is a fully sorted car that presents beautifully, needs no expenditure to use and enjoy, while it appreciates in value.
We would value a factory built Roadster in similar condition and specification at close to £110 000, so at £72,995, this lovely E type represents incredible value.
Please get in touch to arrange a viewing at our rural workshops just outside of Melton Mowbray.