To much anticipation, Jaguar introduced a significantly revised version of its famed XKE in 1971, dubbed the Series III. Under the bonnet was a brand new overhead cam 60-degree V-12 engine based loosely on the XJ13 prototype racing car and displacing 5,343cc. On the dynamometer without accessories, it put out 314 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. 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. Like the Series I and II before it, the V12 XKE offered tempting performance value, combining the legendary XKE design with a powerful V12 engine at a price affordable to a wide market, a combination that was nearly irresistable. It was half the price of a Ferrari, but gave just as much performance and even more luxury. Enthusiastically received upon its debut, the Series III is happily accepted by collectors today who appreciate its combination of beauty, performance and comfort.
This left-hand drive 1974 Series III XKE is finished in an eye-catching bright red and has a tan convertible top, chrome wire wheels, Uniroyal thin whitewall tires and a luggage rack. The interior is tan leather with tan carpets and has factory air conditioning as well as an upgraded AM/FM stereo. This Jaguar is strong cosmetically and in very good running order mechanically. It is fully sorted and ready to enjoy. With the 3-speed automatic transmission coupled to the large V12, it is an ideal vehicle for long cruises with the top down to enjoy the incomparable sounds made by the twelve-cylinder engine.
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