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1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2

1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2

In 1971, the Jaguar E-Type Series III introduced the V12 engine to the model. This raised the car’s appeal on paper by having much more exotic specification. Jaguar called it the “Ultimate Cat” and advertised the car’s inherent smoothness and absence of engine noise.

Both the Coupe and Roadster were built on the longer 2+2 chassis which meant the Borg Warner automatic transmission was available on all V12 xkes.

Weighing in at 680 lbs (300 kgs) the small block V12 displaced 5.3 liters and produced 314 horsepower. It was an all-new sohc V12 utilizing four Stromberg carburetors.

Much of the E-Type structure had to change to accommodate the new V12 including widening of the engine subframes and a wider track. This included using the Saloon rear subframe assembly which added 3.25 inches of track.

Visually the car had a new eggcrate grill, wheel arch flares, four exhaust tips. Mechanical upgrades included larger brake discs and a larger fuel tank.

Production of the Series III coupe reached 7,299 cars.

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In Detail

type Series Production Car
built at Coventry, England
production 7299
price $ $ 7,599
engine 60º V12
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain SOHC
fuel feed 4 Zenith Stromberg 175 CD2SE
displacement 5343 cc / 326.0 in³
bore 90 mm / 3.543 in
stroke 70 mm / 2.756 in
compression 9.0:1
power 234.1 kw / 314 bhp @ 6200 rpm
specific output 58.77 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 204.83 bhp per tonne
torque 473.2 nm / 349 ft lbs @ 3800 rpm
body / frame Unitary Steel Monocoque w/Front Subframe
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs or Spoked Wires
front tires Dunlop E70VR-15 SP
rear tires Dunlop E70VR-15 SP
front brakes Ventilated Discs w/Vacuum Asssist
rear brakes Solid Discs w/Vacuum Asssist
front wheels F 38.1 x 15.2 cm / 15.0 x 6.0 in
rear wheels R 38.1 x 15.2 cm / 15.0 x 6.0 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension Wishbones w/Torsion Bars, Hydrualic Telescopic Dampers
r suspension Half Shafts w/Transverse Links, Twin Coil Springs, Hydrualic Telescopic Dampers
curb weight 1533 kg / 3380 lbs
wheelbase 2659 mm / 104.7 in
front track 1382 mm / 54.4 in
rear track 1356 mm / 53.4 in
length 4684 mm / 184.4 in
width 1679 mm / 66.1 in
height 1222 mm / 48.1 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual or Optional 3-Speed Auto
tran clutch Bord & Beck
gear ratios 2.93:1, 1.90:1, 1.39:1, 1.00:1
final drive 3.54:1
top speed ~217.3 kph / 135.0 mph
0 – 60 mph ~6.8 seconds
0 – 100 mph ~18.5 seconds
0 – 1/4 mile ~14.8 seconds
fuel capacity 68.13 litres or 18 gal.

Auction Sales History

1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2
1972 Jaguar E-Type Series III 2+2 Coupe
– sold for $30,800
Ideally suited for touring, this Jaguar features both power steering and factory air conditioning, a perfect combination with the larger 2+2 body style. The car has been driven, though its original leather upholstery and carpets are quite presentable. The engine bay is clean, however, it is not detailed and reflects regular use. Equipped with the very desirable four-speed manual transmission, optional chrome wire wheels and red exterior with biscuit leather interior, it would be a car perfect for Jaguar Club driving events. Auction Source: RM Auctions’ 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey