In March 1961, Jaguar presented a sports car at the Geneva Motor Show, which changed the automotive world forever. The new E-Type (XK-E in the US) was based on the Jaguar D-Type racing car that had won Le Mans three years consecutively from 1955 to 1957. The advanced sports car grand tourer was built on a monocoque body and an engine subframe, thanks to which it only weighed a little over 1300 kilograms. The modern sports car was equipped with disc brakes and independent front and rear suspension. Designed for street use, the Jaguar E-type was the successor to the Jaguar XK 150, whose racing car version, the C-Type, was also succeed at Le Mans.
The car became an immediate success and the annual production was filled with order books in no time. Enzo Ferrari titled the E-Type the most beautiful car in the world and the car was produced for three model series until 1974.
The E-Type Series 3 was introduced in 1971. Both the body and the engine were totally new. The short wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe was dropped and the E-Type was now available only as a Open Two Seater and 2+2 Coupe. The S3 E-Type is identified from the other E-Types with the large cross-slatted front grille, extended wheelarches and wheels with low-profile tyres. Even when new body was bigger to almost every directions, the car weight was only 39 kg’s more than six-cylinder engine E-Types.
Third series E-type was equipped with uprated brakes and the power steering was now a standard equipment. An automatic transmission, air conditioning and wire wheels were available as a new options.
The third Series E-Type was delivered with smoothness and sophistication with new 5.3 litre Jaguar V12 with four Zenith carburettors that was often chosen together with automatic transmission. More than road racer, the E-Type was now luxury grand tourer that was available to do the 0-60 mph with less than seven seconds.
This particular car is an excellent specimen with the original V12 engine and Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. The combination is both sporty and extraordinary comfortable. This car was already equipped with air conditioning and chrome wire wheels from the factory.
The car is rust-free, came to Finland from Arizona and is still a Matching Numbers car except for the gearbox. The 1973 E-Type was sold in 2000 at the Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The new owner of the car was Finnish, who brought the car to Finland and kept it until 2016. The current owner is the second owner during the car’s history in Finland.
The car had only driven 48,000 miles when it came to Finland, and even after more than two decades, only 72,000 miles have been driven on it. The car’s maintenance history is stored from both the time of the United States and Finland. The E-type is in very presentative condition both in terms of its repainted Silver Grey body and its Connolly leather reupholstered interior. The car has been serviced and repaired in Finland in workshops specializing in British classics. Over the past few years, in addition to periodic maintenances, the car’s engine water hoses, several seals and the car’s wheel bearings have been renewed, among other things. In Finland, a Tremec 5-speed with a new clutch package has been installed in the car.
Very beautiful example of SIII E-type Roadster. Registered as a historic vehicle and ready to drive with fresh Mot/Tüv inspection valid until 2026.
The car is located in Vantaa, Finland, 30 minutes from Helsinki-Vantaa Airport.
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