1974 Jaguar E-Type
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Classic Car Overview
Offered Without Reserve $100,000 - $120,000 USD
- Offered from The Youngtimer Collection
- Well-presented example with desirable manual transmission and numbers-matching engine
- Finished in factory-correct silver with a replacement red leather interior
- 5.3-liter V-12 engine paired with a desirable four-speed manual transmission
- Equipped with factory air conditioning and chrome wire wheels
- Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Production Records Trace Certificate
With the launch of the Series 3 version in 1971, Jaguar shifted the E-Types character from sports car to grand tourer. The short-wheel-base coupe was discontinued, while the roadster gained the longer wheelbase of the remaining 2+2 coupe, which provided occupants with increased space and a more refined driving experience.
The previous inline six-cylinder engine was also discontinued. Under the bonnet was Jaguars newly developed 5.3-liter V-12 engine, which produced a claimed 272 horsepower and was said to propel the Series 3 E-Type from 0 60 mph in less than 7 seconds. Other mechanical upgrades included better brakes and standard power steering. Styling was updated with an enlarged and slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tires, and a four-tip exhaust. Proudly mounted on the boot lid, a V-12 badge touted the impressive engine onboard. An automatic transmission, air conditioning, and wire wheels were among the available options.
Completed on 6 February 1974, this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster is said to have been originally delivered to a gentleman in Colorado Springs. Finished from the factory in Silver over Black, the stylish sports car now sports a red leather interior that coordinates beautifully with the red soft-top. Making this roadster even more appealing are chrome wire wheels, a Nardi wood steering wheel, an AM/FM pushbutton radio, and air conditioning. Additionally, the powerful, numbers-matching, 5.3-liter V-12 engine is mated to a desirable four-speed manual transmission for a direct and responsive driving experience.
In 1982, this Jaguar is said to have come into the hands of its second owner, an Ohio resident who reportedly commissioned a cosmetic restoration. Later, the car was sold to an individual in Greenwich Connecticut, who reportedly invested a comprehensive mechanical refurbishment. Under current ownership since 2014, the car is accompanied by a tonneau cover, jack kit with hammer, service handbook, parts catalog, repair operation manual, and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Production Records Trace Certificate.
With V-12 engines getting scarcer by the year as the trend toward downsizing continues, this well-equipped Series 3 E-Type with numbers-matching engine endures as an enticing proposition for anyone looking to experience silky smooth 12-cylinder power with the direct control of a manual transmission.
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- Classic Car ID101785141
- Stock Number1284515
- CategoryImport Classics
- Body StyleN/A
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