We are delighted to offer for sale this gorgeous E Type Roadster on behalf of one of our valued and long-term customers.
Having covered an amazing 66781 miles from new, evidenced by a very comprehensive service history that tells a story of a car always been properly cared for and never been allowed to deteriorate, making this a most unusual E Type with none of the horror stories that we so often see.
The car started life as a home market, RHD, manual Coupe and was converted into a drophead at an early point in its life in the late 1980’s when the car was 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 in this configuration.
Indeed, it’s a car we know very well, having carefully maintained and improved it cosmetically over the 15 or so years that it’s been in our expert care; initially with our founder Barry Hodson and more recently with Richard, Barry’s son; meaning that this ‘E’ has very much been part of our history, so it’s our privilege to bring it to market today.
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 in our view 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, we really do know this car inside out and are happy to attach our name to it, so confident are we of its structural, cosmetic and mechanical condition.
The car comes with a rare and desirable factory hard top, also finished in matching Dark Blue and is fitted with chrome wire wheels, culminating in one of the best looking Series 3’s we’ve seen in some time; and is a refreshing change from either ‘retail red’ or indeed 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 truly stunning car.
Over the years, many V12 E’s haven’t been maintained to a standard that properly befits their mechanical complexity, resulting in cars that drive poorly, but this isn’t one of them. It feels tight, holds strong factory oil pressure and as a consequence it goes, stops and sounds just like it should, which is breath taking for a car that’s 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 the car was just 3 years old; for us, this type of history and provenance cannot be replicated.
We’ve built our business and indeed our reputation on our expertise of E Type maintenance and restoration and it’s our considered view that the Series 3 represents very strong value when compared to the earlier XK engined 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 something 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, but what we have here is a fully sorted car that presents beautifully, needing no expenditure to use and enjoy, while it appreciates in value.
We would value a factory built drophead in this condition and specification at a figure close to £110 000, so at £72,995, this lovely E type represents incredible value for money. Please get in touch to arrange a viewing at our rural workshops just outside of Melton Mowbray.