Renowned for its revolutionary design and flair, the ever-charming personality and character of the Jaguar E-Type can be witnessed through all three of the E-Type models that occurred throughout its 15 years of production. The first series of the E-Type took heavy inspiration from the Jaguar D-Type, the racing car Jaguar designed explicitly to win the Le Mans 24-hour race, but the powerful influence of the original D-Type remains to be present in even the third and final series of the E-Type.
Running from March 1971 to February 1975, the Series 3 E-type resulted in 15,287 cars being produced during the 4 year period. There were only two different Series 3 Jaguar E-Type model options to choose from, which were an Open Two Seater version and a Two Plus Two version. This made this the first E-Type series to not offer the Fixed Head Coupe style model.
The Series 3 Jaguar E-Type Model
When the Jaguar E-Type Series 3 was first introduced in 1971, one of the most impressive and enticing alterations it featured was the brand new 5.3-litre Jaguar V12 engine. Based on the engine devised for the terminated Jaguar XJ13 model, the V12 engine cylinder head design was reworked into a production-ready version, to meet emission regulations before being installed, making its debut as the second-ever production engine design in Jaguar’s history.
As the engine was initially produced for the prototype Jaguar XJ13 racing car, which was intended to compete at Le Mans, the V12 was equipped with four Zenith carburettors. These supposedly produced 203 kW (272 hp), as well as being able to reach 0-60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds.
Other changes to the E-Type’s interior components included uprated brakes and standard power steering, as well as the optional additions of an automatic transmission, wire wheels and air conditioning.
The Series 3 E-Type’s external alterations included flared wheel arches, wider tyres, a large cross-slatted front grille, four fishtail exhaust tips, and a V12 badge on the rear, all of which visually distinguished it from the other E-Type Series.
Our infographic below explores the history of the Jaguar E-Type Series 3, highlighting the unique features of this model and its two variations.
An E-Type of Your Very Own
From pioneering upgrades for the Jaguar E-Type to our excellent workshop and restoration facilities, our reputation as a renowned E-Type specialist is something that we take very seriously. So, whether you’re looking to restore your Jaguar E-Type to its former glory, or elevate the driving experience of your E-Type with our contemporary E-Type upgrades, our experienced and knowledgeable team are ready to help.
Looking for a Series 3 Jaguar E-Type of your very own? Our highly selective collection of Jaguar E-Types for sale can be found in our Showroom. We know that many E-Type enthusiasts prefer being part of a Jaguar E-Type restoration project every step of the way, which is why we also sell E-Types at various stages of restoration.
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