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By the dawn of the ’70s, the E-Type was very much an ageing rock star, still soldiering on with its 4.2-litre, inline-six, XK engine which was beginning to finally show its age thanks to a string of tougher emission regulations that gradually lowered the power output. In an attempt to re-spark the industries love for the British icon, Jaguar actioned an overhaul to one of their best-selling sports cars, thus birthing the Series 3 and welcoming the introduction of the high performing V12 engine.
The final model of the E-type range was offered in two variants, roadster (OTS) and 2+2 (Coupe). Following the industry trend and demand for more cabin space, the wheelbase grew by 9 inches and was accompanied by further visual changes from a redesigned grille, flared wheel arches, and in the case of the 2+2, new rear seats in place of the original cargo shelf.
Having left the factory in September 1971, finished in a fabulous British Racing Green over a beautifully paired Suede Green interior, this Series 3 2+2 variant was transported to Newbury, Berkshire, where it was sold October the same year. The following 35+ years saw the E-type remain in the UK as an original right-hand drive example, leaving Berkshire, visiting the West Midlands region and then heading down south to West Sussex, where, in 2009, it entered its current ownership and would later begin a performance transformation, resulting in the exceptional performing tourer you see today.
Being a classic sports car enthusiast, the current custodian proceeded to ensure the running of the E-type remained in top condition, seeing the Series 3 make its first appearance to E-Type UK, receiving a full independent rear suspension rebuild in 2011.
The years to follow saw the continuation of maintenance and care, which included a full bare metal re-spray in 2013, accompanied by new carpets and conditioning of the believed to be original and preserved Suede Green leather.
It was in 2017 this 2+2 grand touring was given the E-Type UK performance treatment. Alongside extensive bodywork replacing and strengthening sills, repairing the bulkhead and freshening up the engine bay paintwork, the E-type was fitted with numerous upgrades, which included:
- Rebored and upgraded to 6.1L V12
- 5 Speed gearbox (original 4 speed retained)
- Uprated aluminium cooling system
- Full stainless big bore exhaust
- Quad SU conversion
- Performance brake upgrade
- Upgraded suspension including torsion bars and shocks
Once complete, it was documented the E-type had clocked up over £97,000 in invoices to produce this terrific GT classic, offering exceptional power and handling. Throughout its upgrade process, the E-type had been well documented, retaining all works invoicing and estimates, as well as featuring MOT certificates and sales receipts in the accompanying history folder. Since its transformation, the E-type joined several other sports car classics, in a rally to Le Mans Classic 2018, putting the recently upgraded Series 3 to the test, which later reported to perform seamlessly.
Presented today in its heritage correct colour scheme, this fabulous matching numbers example offers a great opportunity to own a classic-looking 1970’s icon, boasting charming patina, well maintained original Suede Green leather interior and yet providing a modern sports car performance set-up through its uprated V12, the engine that helped the E-type break into the grand tourer market. The E-type has recently been reported to be putting out 327.8 BHP, confirmed via its 2019 rolling road report.
The E-type is available for immediate viewing, a high-performance example that needs to be fully appreciated in person. Please contact us on 01732 852 762 or email email@example.com for more information or to arrange an appointment.