1973 Jaguar XKE Roadster

It took Jaguar fourteen years to succeed the XK120 with the dramatic, D-type inspired XKE in 1962. After nine more very successful years, Jaguar then realized that the six-cylinder XKE needed a more powerful successor. That successor came in 1971 with the Series III V12, a 5.4 liter (5,343cc) overhead camshaft V-12 automobile that made a mockery of previous notions of price, features and performance. It was half the price of a Ferrari, with the same number of cylinders, all the performance and even more luxury. It was a package that was, and still is, hard to resist. Under the bonnet, the brand new overhead cam 60-degree V-12 engine that was loosely based on the XJ13 prototype made 314 horsepower at 5,500 rpm on the dynamometer without accessories. The XKE chassis remained unchanged but featured wider wheels and tires under flared wheel arches. It also rode on a 105-inch wheelbase and featured vented brake discs and standard power steering to deal with the Series III XKE’s increased power and mass. Even though the model was a decade old, the Series III version of the XKE was still warmly and enthusiastically received when it was introduced and is today well respected and valued as a fitting end to the performance icon that is the E-Type Jaguar.

This 1973 Jaguar XKE Roadster is finished in Regency Red and has a black leather interior, black cloth top, an automatic transmission, chrome wire wheels, radial whitewall tires and air conditioning. It also comes with its operating, maintenance and service handbook as well as its service passport. A straightforward restoration, this Series III E-Type has beautiful recent paint, chrome and interior, while the engine has been apart and carefully detailed. Always given the appropriate level of attention when it needed it, this is a lovely and usable example of one of Jaguar’s masterpieces, finished in one of its most flattering color combinations. It’s the perfect kind of car for keeping at a summer house to enjoy the kind of long, top-down cruises where the smooth power delivery and pleasing exhaust note of Jaguar’s wonderful V-12 are at their best. Series III E-Types were at one time somewhat underappreciated, but they have since been recognized by collectors who appreciate style, value and performance. All three are things that this Jaguar Roadster delivers in spades.

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