Jaguar fulfilled a long-awaited promise with the 1971 introduction of the Series III XKE. Under the bonnet was a brand new overhead cam 60-degree V-12 engine displacing 5,343cc and putting out 314 horsepower at 5,500 rpm on the dynamometer without accessories. The XKE chassis remained unchanged but now wore wider wheels and tires within flared wheel arches. Both coupe and convertible benefitted from being standardized on the coupe's 105 inch wheelbase. Behind the wheels Jaguar fitted vented brake discs and standard power steering to deal with the Series III's greater power and mass. The Series III was enthusiastically received and happily accepted by collectors who appreciate its combination of beauty, performance and comfort. This 1972 XKE Series III with the desirable 4-speed manual transmission and matching numbers original engine has been properly restored and impressively detailed in nearly like new condition, then driven while continuing to be properly and consistently maintained. Finished in red with black leather upholstery and a black leatherette top it has chrome wire wheels, Michelin radial black walls and a radio. It has presence and eye appeal in abundance, as well as being smooth, comfortable and powerful on the road. The XKE's design has never gone out of style, and is still evident in current Jaguars but this is the real thing, with twelve cylinders and a 4-speed.
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