It took Jaguar fourteen years to succeed the XK120 with the dramatic; D-type inspired XKE in 1962. It took only nine years for Jaguar to see that the six-cylinder XKE needed a more powerful successor. That was the Series III V12, a 5.4 liter (5,343cc) overhead camshaft V-12 that made a mockery of previous notions of price, features and performance. It was half the price of a Ferrari, with all the performance and even more luxury. Series III Jaguars have been recognized by collectors who appreciate style, value and performance but rarely have they been treated to the kind of comprehensive, meticulous, detailed restoration as this '73 convertible, a stunning and desirably equipped example that nearly defies description. Unlike many Series III E-types it has the very desirable combination of 4-speed manual gearbox and air conditioning. They are complemented by outside laced center lock chrome spoke wire wheels, Michelin black wall tires, an Alpine CD stereo system and a woodrim steering wheel. Everything has been removed, restored and carefully replaced to make it at least as good as new; a stainless steel exhaust system makes it better. It needs nothing at all except a new, appreciative, caring owner who appreciates its combination of svelte, sexy design, comfort, appointments and smooth, nearly imperceptible, twelve-cylinder performance. Nice car.
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