Full Restoration of 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 OTS
The E-Type UK restoration of this mighty Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 OTS has progressed extremely well since our last update. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, E-type enjoyed a production life of thirteen years and went through several design and specification changes covering various generations.
Finally, in April 1971 the jaguar E-Type Series 3 was introduced which featured the new 5.3-litre V12 engine producing 266bhp and had single overhead camshafts per bank. The Jaguar V12 had a top speed of 146mph and accelerated to 60mph in 6.4 seconds. This was the world's only mass-production V12 engine at the time. The V12 engine was designed and developed by both Walter Hassan and Harry Mundy and was originally intended for the would-be Le Mans challenger racer of 1966.
The Jaguar E-Type Series 3 was offered with two production models, the open two-seater and two-plus-two coupé forms. The E-Type OTS model car was also built on the longer wheelbase. Both models were available with four speed manual or automatic gearbox. Interestingly 44 per cent of the Series 3 E-types were automatics. There were 72,529 E-types built of which 15,292 were Series 3 models.
The full restoration on this 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 OTS to standard specification continues. We at E-Type UK received this E-Type in mid September 2014 to carry out a full restoration to UK specification.
This E-Type originates from the US so featured many US specifications such as a low compression engine with extensive emission controlling, front and rear side repeaters. LHD driving position and factory fitted AC. We at E-Type UK have changed some of these items back to UK specification such as a high compression piston and liner set, removal of side repeaters in the full re-paint process and UK spec rear lights. This E-Type will be finished in factory colour combination of Silver with red trim. The customer has requested to keep the car LHD for they are based in Switzerland.