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 1974, the sensational example of Jaguar’s legendary V12 E-Type offered here left the Browns Lane Jaguar Works configured as a left hand drive car, finished in the colour scheme it presents itself today. It is a three owner car from new.Restored between 2015 and 2018 it is offered for sale with a large history file with details of the restoration. The car is matching numbers and matching colours.
The V 12 series III E 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. Having travelled less than 500 miles since restoration this suburb example would be the perfect weekend cruiser, or as a welcome participant on any number of drivers events. The opportunity to acquire this superb example should not be missed.