"The V12 E-Type was at its best as a long-distance, high-speed tourer. There were few cars which could match its top speed and 150mph cruising ability, even amongst the exotica from Italy, and none at all the silence and smoothness of its engine." says Paul Skilleter, renowed Automotive writer about the Jaguar E-Type Series 3. The final incarnation of the iconic Jaguar E-Type, and as a result the most developed of them all, is a superb European cruiser, and this one stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The E-Type series III had the privilege to christen the brand new V12 engine from Jaguar in 1971. This superb SOHC 5.3L engine was developed after a prototype designed for Le Mans 24H. It was fed through a 4 carbs arrangement giving 272BHP at first launch. It will produce up to 700HP in racing versions during its 25 years production time and was always famed for its reliability. This all alloy new engine was not heavier than the six inline 4.2L it was replacing but was offering a lot more flexibility and torque not to mention a hundred more horse power. As such this wonderful engine was enabling the E type SIII to rejoin the pinnacle of the world top GT cars as its predecessor the first E 3.8L did in 1962. The E type Jaguar S III boasts top notch refinement due to its power steering and new manual gearbox perfectly complementing the qualities of the new V12 engine. The car still offers legendary comfort and roadholding but now with a much improved cockpit size due to the new and only long wheel base chassis.
The E-Type Series III Roadster we are offering today is in good condition having clearly been cherished and well maintained throughout its life in Hong Kong. This glorious roadster shows all original details and the car is finished in a beautiful original colour combination of Red coachwork with black hide, a black soft top and matching tonneau cover. Furthermore, the car is equipped with desirable options such as a manual four-speed gearbox, air conditioning and period correct chrome wire wheels. Most V12s are equipped with an automatic three-speed gearbox, so the manual gearbox is very rare and special in an E-type V12.
She is ready to bring you tomorrow to the most scenic road trips or to enter the most prestigious events surrounded by the captivating sound of its specially developed exhaust, It is absolutely fabulous for 'cruising' in peace. With the manual transmission, the E-type V12 is a sporty, very fast, and comfortable sports car that makes optimal use of the enormous V12 torque.
Body: 2 Doors Convertible
Driver's Sider: RHD
Indicated Mileage: 9612 Miles
Location: Hong Kong
Registration: Hong Kong Registered
History: Originally delivered on Aug 8, 1973 in Hong Kong. Purchase by the current owner in 2016. Showing just "3 Hands" on Hong Kong VRD. Overall in good condition mechanically and cosmetically with well documented maintenance history since 2014.
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Matching number with rare Manual gearbox
Well maintained and all original condition
Desirable options including period correct wire wheels and air-conditioning
84 out of 100 Condition
2019 (9332 Miles)
- Annual inspection, service, change coolant hose, add refrigerant
2018 (8859 Miles)
- Full Service
- Rebuild Carburetors, exhaust manifold, gaskets overhaul
- Renew electrical, Battery, Spark plugs, Wires, Distributor
- Fix non-working gauges
- Changed fuel filter and pump
- New brake pads
- Renew suspension parts, ball joints, steering rack, dust cover, tie-rod and alignment
- Refresh air-conditioning system
- 4 New tires
2017 (8859 Miles)
- Full Service
- New Air-Condition Compressor
- Replace expansion valve
- Changed Spark plugs, tune-up engine
- Replace rear hub bearing
- Replace brake lines, brake fluid
- Replace radiator hoses
- Adjust Carburetors
- New Alternator
- Full Service
- New Battery
- Refresh ignition
- Full Service
- Refresh Carburetors
- Full service
**Original Parts Invoice showing purchase from SNG Barratt Group in the UK.
BACKGROUND AND HISTORY:
The evolution of the iconic Jaguar E-Type culminated in what many consider to be a truly lovely driver’s car, equal parts sporting and luxurious. The challenge of updating what Enzo Ferrari called ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ was driven by demand from U.S. customers who loved the six-cylinder sports car but wanted more interior room and refinements like air conditioning. At the same time, Jaguar’s engine team were developing a more refined version of its V-12 engine that had been destined for Le Mans.
The firm’s technical director, William Heynes, pushed for the new engine to feature in an extensively redesigned E-type. The new car, the Series III, launched in 1971, boasting the world’s only mass-production V-12, producing 266 bhp—enough to propel the roadster to 146 mph with a 0–60 mph time of 6.4 seconds. The new car featured wider tyres, wider track, power steering as standard, and more powerful brakes. Options included a range of radios, seat belts, and wheels.
Jaguar ended the E-Type production in style in 1974.
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