1973 Jaguar E-type S3 – 6.9L V12
The V12 engine was a new step for Jaguar, but it had been lingering in their minds since the 1950’s, with Ferrari utilising such a successful unit for competition. The initial plan for the new V12 was mainly for competition use, however it became obvious that such an engine should find its way into production cars. In 1970, Jaguar’s Norman Dewis put the newly developed V12 through its paces in the Italian alps, fitted into an XJ25 as the testbed. It was only a year later in March 1971 that the first Series 3 E-type rolled off the production line to the US market.
Jaguar showed to the world that the new V12 E-type was not only a sporty yet usable motorcar, but it was also just over half the price of its V12 competitors with Ferrari and Lamborghini starting at $12,000. Two models of the new series 3 were offered, either the 2+2 or the open seater.
This 1973 Series 3 E-type is certainly not your everyday S3, recently restored and maintained, the engine has been bored out to a 6.9L, fuel injected powerhouse paired with a ceramic coated Hayward and Scott exhaust system, which sounds superb. Fitted with a 5 speed Tremec JT5 Sport gearbox and 3D electronic injection and ignition system, giving this series 3 some very usable modern touches. No expense has been spared on the braking and the suspension set up with High Spec Motorsports high performance brakes and adjustable performance shocks. The bucket seats have been customised to match the original period look, while offering excellent support, paired with the correct style MotoLita sports steering wheel.
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