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. This Series III roadster has been in the current Belgian ownership since 1993, and was subject to a restoration in 1990s, with the engine having been rebuilt in 2014. Both engine and transmission are described to be in excellent condition, as is the chassis.
One of the world’s most instantly recognisable, ultimately desirable designs of the 20th Century, this is a well sorted example of one of the most highly prized roadsters ever made.
Dieser Serie III Roadster ist aktuell im belgischen Eigentumsrecht seit 1993 gewesen, und wurde in den 90er Jahren restauriert, und einem Wiederaufbau des Motors in 2014. Sowohl Motor als auch Übertragung und Fahrgetsell werden in einem ausgezeichneten Zustand beschrieben.
Eines der Autos weltweit mit sofort wiedererkennbarsten, begehrtesten Design des 20. Jahrhunderts, ist dies ein gut sortiertes Beispiel von einem der am höchsten geschätzten jemals erbauten Roadster.