1974 Jaguar XKE V12

1974 Jaguar XKE V12

The Jaguar E-Type is a British sports car manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. The E-Type's claimed 150 mph top speed, acceleration, unitary construction, disc brakes, rack & pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry wide changes. The E-Type was based on Jaguar's D-Type racing car , which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years beginning in 1955, and employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made". In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world's "100 most beautiful cars" of all time. 

This 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 LeMans-proven V12 was equipped with four Zenith carburettors, and as introduced produced a claimed 272 hp, more torque, and a 0-60 mph acceleration of less than seven seconds. 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. 

This unrestored Jaguar XKE V12 was originally a California car until it was relocated to Texas in 2008. The car is a matching numbers car that has been well looked after during it's life of nearly 50 years. It has all of the desirable options including chrome wire wheels, manual 4 speed transmission, factory AC, and power steering. The car retains it's nicely patinaed original leather seats and door panels. It has had a recent black canvas convertible top and boot cover installed which fit quite nicely. A high quality respray in the original signal red has a high gloss nearly blemish free finish and the panel gaps are as good as we have seen for this age. We have serviced and driven this XKE V12 are extremely satisfied with how well it drives. A Jaguar XKE will always be a highly treasured automotive collectible and this is an affordable example that can be driven!


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