Whilst the concept of the Jaguar E-Type was without doubt one of the finest pieces of automotive design ever to be put into general production, one of the problems with its continued development was the ineluctable weight gain. Throughout the 1960s, with ever more stringent safety legislation emanating from the USA, the Jaguar designers had perforce to compromise if they were to remain competitive in a market which was, after all, a major breadwinner.
Emissions legislation had forced the adoption of twin Stromberg carburettors on cars bound for North America, which had the detrimental effect of reducing the power to 177bhp, instead of the 265bhp quoted for European examples breathing through triple Webers.
However, the balance was to be redressed with the introduction of the Series 3 model, powered by Jaguar’s new 5.3-litre, overhead camshaft V12 engine, providing 272bhp. The result was once again a top speed in excess of 140mph with 0-100mph taking just 16 seconds, the fastest ever acceleration figures for the model. Revisions to the running gear included anti-dive geometry on the front suspension and ventilated disc brakes.
Power steering was standard and flared wheel arches were incorporated to allow fitment of wider rubber to maintain grip. A deeper radiator aperture with chrome grille completed the re-style. With both manual and automatic transmission options, the Series 3 ensured the magnificent E-Type would survive into the new decade of the 1970s.
This lovely Series III E-type was dispatched by the factory to British Leyland in New York, and supplied from new with a factory hard top, chrome wire wheels, air conditioning and an automatic gearbox.
Described by the vendor as being in good condition in all respects, this roadster presents well in the colours of Regency red with Cinnamon trim. The car has benefitted from an older restoration, and still remains in remarkable condition. The odometer shows a mere 4,600 miles, most likely as a result of being set to zero following the restoration, as was the trend at the time.
Offered with a UK V5, this later version of the classic E-type, with V12 power, makes a fabulous Summer tourer with which to cross the country, or even the continent.
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|Auction||Blenheim Palace July 2015|
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