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Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster 1972 - World Of Classic Cars -

Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster 1972

After years of testing and development, Jaguar introduced its first production V-12 to the market in 1971. The new 5.3-liter V-12 was the first mass-produced V-12 to come to market in over 20 years and Jaguar’s first new engine since the debut of the post-war XK 120 in 1948. The production engine, however, did not fit into the two-seat E-Type coupe, so the new motor was offered in roadster and 2+2 configurations only, with both sharing the longer 2,667-millimeter-wheelbase chassis of the former 2+2 body introduced in 1966. Jaguar widened the front and rear track to accommodate the bigger and more powerful motor, which also necessitated a longer hood and chassis with a bigger air intake and grille. Flared wheel arches accommodate larger tires and wheels.
Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V-12 Roadster 1972

The desirable roadster presented here is an early V-12 car with small bumper overriders, built on May 18, 1972, and sold through Jaguar’s New York distributor. It more recently received a mechanical and cosmetic restoration by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California, including a major tune-up with the engine serviced, the carburetors overhauled, and the motor mounts replaced. The suspension was rebuilt with new bushings, while the brakes were overhauled with new lines, and new shocks were fitted. The rear end was rebuilt with new seals, and the wheels were balanced. The body has been refinished in the original Light Blue, with a black top, while the dark blue leather interior within is the preserved original and has a pleasant patina.