1973 Jaguar XKE E-Type news, pictures, specifications, and information
The Jaguar V-12 was advertised as 'The E-Type With a Difference.' The Jaguar V-12 engine was introduced into production for 1971 and was discontinued in 1976. The V-12 was only the second engine Jaguar designed to go into production in the history of the company. The original 5.3-liter engine had an oversquare 90mm bore by 70mm stroke producing 285 horsepower.
Ever since its first appearance, the Jaguar E-Type has been instantly identifiable, all over the World, by its distinctive and highly individual styling and has become one of Britain's most successful exports. This exception prize winning E-Type example is largely unrestored and regularly driven.
Manufactured between 1961 and 1974, the Jaguar E-Type is the descendent of the three-time LeMans winning Jaguar D-Type. It was originally available as an open roadster or a coupe. This Series 3 example is one of the 7,300 E-Types known as the '2+2', a four-passenger version of the coupe with a slightly lengthened wheelbase that was first introduced in 1966. The original, beautifully sleek semi-monocoque body was the work of Malcolm Sayer, one of the first engineers to apply the principles of aerodynamics to automotive design.
The Series 3, produced from 1971 until 1974, had to be modified to conform to increasingly stringent safety standards. It can be identified by the large cross-slatted front grille and flared wheel arches. Powered by a 326 cubic-inch V-12 engine with 'massive torque and incredible acceleration,' its top speed is somewhere around 150 miles per hour. The engine is supported by a square tube frame structure fused to the firewall of the monocoque shell. It features four-wheel independent suspension with two coil springs in front and four in back, rack-and-pinion steering, and four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes.
The instantly-recognizable XKE evokes the spirit of the 1960s and tops many lists: it ranked first on Sports Car International's list of top sports cars of the 1960s, and third on their list of top sports cars of all time. In 2008 the E-Type ranked first on the Telegraph's list of the '100 most beautiful cars.'
Sold for $41,250 at 2009 RM Auctions
There were 9,382 Jaguar Series III roadsters produced from 1971 to 1975 in the United States. It was powered by a 5.3-liter V12 that necessitated a long hood and chassis with a bigger air intake and grille.
This E-Type is finished in British Racing Green with black top and biscuit leather interior. The odometer reads just 11,045 original miles. Other than the aftermarket temperature and oil pressure gauges, the car is highly original.
In 2009, it was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey sale presented by RM Auctions where it was estimated to sell for $40,000 - $60,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the lot had been sold for the sum of $41,250, including buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2009
Chassis Num: UD1S22011
Engine Num: 7S10638LA
Sold for $37,400 at 2009 Gooding & Company
Mr. Thomas Olson of Burbank, California took possession of this 1973 Jaguar Series III E-Type V-12 Roadster on December 26th of 1974. It was used sparingly before coming into the possession of Ron VanKregten. The car still has its original license plate frame from John Lance's Burbank Imports and a California blue plate last registered in 1977. It is painted in brown over a tan leather interior and rides on chrome wheels wearing Dunlop whitewalls. In the cars 35 years of existence it has been driven just 13,379 miles. The engine is a 5343cc single overhead cam 60-degree V-12 engine with four Zenith-Stromberg carburetors. There is a four-speed manual transmission and four-wheel ventilated disc brakes. Also, there is a black factory hardtop and air-conditioning.
In 2009, this E-Type was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was estimated to sell for $30,000 - $40,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for the sum of $37,400 including buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
Sold for $60,500 at 2012 RM Auctions
This 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Convertible is an original example that was part of a private collection for many years. It is finished in red with a tan interior and a black top and boot. Additional factory features include a four-speed manual transmission, A/C, wire wheels and the original British Leyland AM/FM radio.
The 5354cc dual overhead camshaft V-12 engine delivers 285 horsepower which is mated to a four-speed manual transmission. There are four-wheel disc brakes and a four-wheel independent suspension.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the RM Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $70,000-$80,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $60,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
This 1974 E-Type Jaguar was built in the Group 44 shops and campaigned by Bob Tullius in the Sports Car Club of America's B Production class. It finished second in the Champion Spark Plug Road Racing Classic National Championships in 1974 and won the B Production National Championship in 1975. It was the first Jaguar to win a national championship since the 1950s.
The car develops 475 horsepower from its 5.3-liter V-12 engine and is capable of over 175 mph.
Sold for $56,100 at 2013 RM Auctions
Jaguar introduced the E-Type at the Geneva International Motor Show in March of 1961. The E-Type was described by Enzo Ferrari as 'the most beautiful car ever made' and one example even lives in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Jaguar drove one of their press demonstrators over 600 miles from their factory in Coventry to Geneva, arriving just in time for the car's unveiling.
The Series III E-Type was released in 1971 with its brand new 12-cylinder engine. It had a large increase in power and torque over the earlier straight-six E-Types. Exterior changes consisted of flared wheel arches to fit the new suspension and wider track, along with a cross-slated front grille. The E-Type Series III came in two body-styles, the 2+2 coupe and the roadster. No longer was the two-seater coupe available.
This Roadster is finished in Sable exterior and Biscuit interior and rides on wire wheels. In 2012, the car was given a thorough restoration, which included a new top, suspension, carburetors, brakes, radiator, and completely rebuilding the engine.
The 5343cc dual overhead camshaft V12 engine delivers 285 horsepower. There is a four-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel disc brakes.By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2013
High bid of $42,000 at 2014 Mecum. (did not sell)
This Jaguar E-Type has 83,000 original miles and is finished in Primrose Yellow with black trim and top. It has the standard wheels, air conditioning, power steering, and an automatic transmission.By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2014
The Jaguar E type, also known as the XK-E, brought style and performance together to create a mass-produced supercar. The road-going sports car was conceived in 1956 as a replacement for the D-type. In March of 1961 the E-Type was officially introduced to the world at the Geneva, Switzerland Motor show.
It's design was created by an aerodynamic engineer named Malcolm Sayer. The front engine, rear-wheel drive vehicle featured a moncoque body and a tubular front chassis. The six-cylinder double-cam engine had three SU carburetors and produced 265 horsepower. The suspension was independent with disc brakes on all four wheels. It brought together the best or aerodynamics, coupled with the latest technology and propelled by a potent engine. The vehicle was not only fast, it offered excellent performance and handling. Some of the most common complaints it received were the cabin being too cramped and it suffered from poor ventilation.
The E-Type was a popular vehicle. It was fast, performed well, and was competitively priced. Due to the United States safety and emission regulations, some of the horsepower was lost. The headlamp covers were also removed prior to the close of the 1960's.
A 4.2-liter engine and synchromesh gearbox was introduced in 1964. In 1966, the 2+2 coupe was introduced and featured a longer wheelbase. The Series II cars were not as quick as its predecessors. The Series III, however, was a different story. Powered by a V-12 engine they were once again able to propel the E-Type over 145 miles per hour.
Production for the E-Type ceased in 1975, after 72,520 examples being produced. It was replaced by the XJ-S; a vehicle that was larger, heavier, and not as visually appealing.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
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