'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 120/130mph cruising ability, even amongst the exotica from Italy, and none at all the silence and smoothness of its engine.' Paul Skilleter, The Jaguar E-Type.
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 V12 produced 272bhp, an output good enough for a top speed 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. Beneath the skin, ventilated front discs improved braking power and the front suspension gained anti-dive geometry. Lucas transistorised ignition and Adwest power-assisted steering were now standard, 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. This E-Type roadster has had four owners since 1977 and was extensively restored at during 1990 by Thornes Jaguar, Wakefield (see numerous invoices on file). Last taxed for the road in 1989, it currently displays a total of 45,063 miles on the odometer and is finished in Royal Blue with re-trimmed blue leather interior and matching carpets. An original handbook, sales and service booklets and Swansea V5 accompany the car. A very good solid example. In storage for several years, the car will require re-commissioning before further use and thus is sold strictly as viewed.