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Se­ries I is the most cov­eted, and ex­am­ples are usu­ally pro­claimed as the most vis­ually pleas­ing, thanks to a more sculpted and sen­su­ous snout that fea­tures less chrome work and a del­i­cate small grille.

The Se­ries III how­ever had its own party piece when the cur­tains dropped in New York in 1971. Housed un­der its long bonnet sat a singing 5.3lt V12.

It was the V12 en­gine that grew the Se­ries III’s front grille for ad­di­tional cool­ing prop­er­ties, where a larger radiator re­sides. De­rived from a rac­ing V12 in­tended for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the en­gine breathed through four Zenith car­bu­ret­tors, and was ca­pa­ble of 203kW.

An au­to­matic trans­mis­sion was a pop­u­lar op­tion and the floor­pan now in use, from the longer 2+2, of­fered more cabin space.

This par­tic­u­lar Se­ries III E-type is for sale at the Healey Fac­tory in Mel­bourne. In orig­i­nal spec­i­fi­ca­tion, it rep­re­sents one of only 1871 fac­tory right-hand-drive con­vert­ibles (less than a quar­ter of the en­tire open-top pro­duc­tion pool), and fur­ther still, one of the 12 per cent of all Se­ries IIIs. It’s also one of the rare fac­tory man­u­als which, ac­cord­ing the Healey Fac­tory, is the rarest spec­i­fi­ca­tion of all this gen­er­a­tion.

So it’s safe to say its new owner doesn’t run much risk of park­ing up next to an­other drop-top fac­tory man­ual Se­ries III.

So how much for this gor­geous clas­sic con­vert­ible you might be won­der­ing? Well, the car is listed at $225,000 un­reg­is­tered.

Yes, that’s a lot of money, but far more af­ford­able than a cov­eted Se­ries I in this con­di­tion, and try to find a drop-top V12 Fer­rari of the same vin­tage for any­where near this price.

In to­day’s mo­tor­ing cli­mate of greyscale SUVs, and elec­tronic gad­getry, the feel­ing the wind in your hair with all twelve-cylin­ders on full song has to be worth some­thing!

LEFT Some­one’s put a lot of work into that en­gine bay. BE­LOW Se­ries III is a lit­tle roomier than the orig­i­nals.

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