Area 51

Jaguar E Type Series 3 1973

OK! Not American, but it did spend most of its life in Arizona.....

Introduced in 1971, the Series 3 E-Type had a new 5.3 litre V12 engine, uprated brakes and power steering. Between 1971 and 1974 a total of 15,292 Series 3’s were produced. Some 6,728 were automatics and 7,990 were open top roadsters. Jaguar did not announce the end of production till 1975, as there were a few unsold cars in dealerships.

The brand new V12 engine was originally developed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. 272 hp was claimed with a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds. In 1972 it was quicker than any of its prestige competitors.

This car returned home in 2008. Converted to RHD and restored over a period of 5 years, it is a low mileage car, rust free, with upgraded brakes, improved steering rack and performance tweaks. Of course, it is USA spec, so in actual fact we think it benefits from nicer door mirrors and side marker lights. The original black leather interior has been redone in this lovely shade of burgundy. That may upset some purists, but we like it, so there!

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