It was in 1971 that Jaguar introduced the Series III of their 20th Century classic E-Type, with the Walter Hassan/Harry Mundy-developed 5.3-liter SOHC V12 engine which became an industry standard for its combination of smoothly unobtrusive torque and power. With the large cross-slatted radiator grille – described by Motor Sport magazine as ‘a decorative birdcage’ – flared wheel arches accommodating wider track and bigger tires, plus V12 nomenclature adorning the tail, these Series III cars continued all the American Federal Regulations features of the preceding Series II models while also adopting uprated brakes and power steering as standard. From the new Series launch in 1971 to the end of production in 1975, some 15,200 were manufactured.
Built in 1973, the sensational example of Jaguar’s legendary V12 E-Type offered here left the Browns Lane Jaguar Works configured in right hand drive with a desirable automatic gearbox.
The V12 series III types were the last and most refined of the breed. The powerful V12 offered a smoothness that was seldom found in other vehicles of the day. Fitted with power steering comfortable seats and excellent brakes, V12 E Types became true grand touring vehicles. Finished in red coachwork with tan leather interior, and a wonderful wooden moto-lita steering wheel, the car has just been subjected to a restoration with new floorplans, full repaint and new chrome work. This delightful V12 comes with 12 months MOT.