The E-Type Series 3 was introduced in 1971, with a new 5.3 L Jaguar V12 engine, uprated brakes and standard power steering. Optionally an automatic transmission, wire wheels and air conditioning were available. The V12 was equipped with four Zenith carburettors, and as introduced produced a claimed 203 kW (272 hp), more torque, and a 0–60 mph acceleration of less than seven seconds. The short wheelbase FHC body style was discontinued, with the Series 3 available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé. The newly-used longer wheelbase now offered significantly more room in all directions. The Series 3 is easily identifiable by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tyres, four exhaust tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12.The final production E-Type OTS Roadster was built in June 1974. Only 7,297 2+2 were produced between 1971 and 1974.
This example has been in New Zealand since 1985 and has been in Jaguar enthusiast ownership since. This is the second time BCMH has had the privilege of marketing this vehicle, with the last owner only selling due to limited space in his ever growing collection. In my personal opinion I think that this model is the best driving E Type of all time, with the manual gearbox, power steering and that smooth V12 making this a very usable classic. Finished in BRG with tan leather interior this is a stunning looking vehicle with fantastic investment potential.
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