Published: 06/16/2018 13:06:52 PM
About: Old English White, Black Leather Interior, 4 Speed Manual, V12
RCC Motors is pleased to offer the 1974 Jaguar XKE Series III Roadster.
The E-Type Series 3 was introduced in 1971, with a new 5.3 L twelve cylinder Jaguar V12 engine, uprated brakes and standard power steering. Optionally an automatic transmission, wire wheels and air conditioning were available. The brand new V12 engine was originally developed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was equipped with four Zenith carburetors. The final engine was claimed to produce 272 hp, more torque, and a 0-60 mph acceleration of less than 7 seconds, but this bhp figure was reduced in later production. The short wheelbase FHC body style was discontinued, with the Series 3 available only as a convertible and 2+2 coupé.
The newly used longer wheelbase now offered significantly more room in all directions. The Series 3 is easily identifiable by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tires, four exhaust tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12.
Cars for the US market were fitted with large projecting rubber bumper over-riders (in 1973 these were on front, in 1974 both front and rear) to meet local 5 mph impact regulations, but those on European models were considerably smaller. US models also have side indicator repeats on the front wings. There were also a very limited number of six-cylinder Series 3 E-Types built. These were featured in the initial sales procedure but the lack of demand stopped their production. When leaving the factory the V12 Open Two Seater and V12 2 ± 2 originally fitted Dunlop E70VR − 15 inch tires on 15 × 6K wire or solid wheels.
Over the entire production run, just 15,290 were made. The example offered here is a two owner car from new. The current owner acquired the car with 12,000 original miles and has added just over 5,000 miles during his ownership. Taking the car on road trips to Pebble Beach and other car related venues. The car was repainted and fitted with a new leather interior and currently has 17,268 original miles. The car features the desirable 4 speed manual transmission, wire wheels, and more.