1972 Jaguar Series 3 5.3 Liter 2+2 Coupe
Chassis no. 1S72491
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 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 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 transistorized 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 wheel arches, 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 at the price.
Residing in Southern California for many years, this 'stick shift' XKE has recently undergone a thorough restoration to bring it into exceptionally fine driver quality or potential regional show order. During this, the car was completely disassembled, its bodywork refurbished where necessary and completely repainted in its original color scheme of Primrose Yellow. A new Triplex windshield was fitted and new interior was acquired and professionally fitted including new headliner, seat upholstery, door panels and carpets. The chrome was refinished, or replaced as needed and new rubber seals were fitted all round. Mechanically the car was systematically gone through, replacing parts where/when required and a new stainless steel exhaust system was installed. Running on chrome wires, it is unquestionably a good looking and correct version of its series.
Reported by its owner to be an excellent driving and touring example, this is no doubt a reflection on its manual gearbox and power steering, moreover, while you're enjoying the roads, you and your family needn't overheat in the Florida sun as the car features original factory air conditioning (note this has not been restored) and while you're enjoying the drive, your companions can listen to your favorite tunes on its modern Sony AM/FM CD player.
A freshly presented and usable example of the last of the XKE line, it is accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate.