One consequence of the E-Type’s long process of development had been a gradual increase in weight, but a good measure of the concomitant loss of performance was restored in 1971 with the arrival of what would be the final version – the Series III V12. Weighing only 80lb more than the cast-iron-block 4.2-litre XK six, the new all-alloy, 5.3-litre, overhead-camshaft V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed comfortably in excess of 140mph. Further good news was that the 0-100mph time of around 16 seconds made the V12 the fastest-accelerating E-Type ever.
Other mechanical changes beneath the Series III’s more aggressive looking exterior included ventilated front disc brakes, anti-dive front suspension, Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering, while automatic transmission was one of the more popular options on what was now more of a luxury Grand Tourer than out-and-out sports car. Flared wheelarches, a deeper radiator air intake complete with grille, and a four-pipe exhaust system distinguished the Series III from its six-cylinder forbears, plus, of course, that all-important ‘V12′ boot badge. The interior though, remained traditional Jaguar.
Built in two-seat roadster and ‘2+2′ coupé versions, both of which used the long-wheelbase floor pan introduced on the Series II ‘2+2′, the Series III E-Type continued the Jaguar tradition of offering a level of performance and luxury unrivalled in its price range.
First registered on 1st July 1972, this Series III Coupe is offered with French papers, and is presented in good order throughout, having benefitted from a change of oil and fluids at 63,000 kilometres.
Finished in Black with a Red Leather interior, these later V12-engined E-types are much more relaxing long distance GT cars than earlier models. All in all we feel this is a good example of the iconic E-Type, and excellent value in the current market.
N’ayant parcouru que 30.000 km ce magnifique coupé Bertone est de la plus belle couleur pour un Bi-turbo : bleu et gris. Il est présenté en bon état d’origine et avec une carte grise Française.