Jaguar E-Type V-12 Commemorative Edition Convertible

The first E-Type Jaguar sports cars arrived late in 1961, first powered by a 3.8-litre engine and then a 4.2-litre six-cylinder unit. In 1971, the all-new ultra-smooth V-12 was placed under the hood – Jaguar’s first new engine since the twin-cam Six had debuted in the XK120. Known as Series III cars, they were based on the original E-Type unibody platforms with sub-frames.

From the outside, the Series III Jaguars featured a larger bonnet bulge, larger, flared wheel openings, a slightly wider track and different grille and bumpers. The convertible now rode on the longer 105-inch wheelbase. As a result, the doors and sills were longer, and the length and depth of the floorpan increased. There was also an additional 23 centimetres of luggage space behind the seats to assist storage and increase security.

A large horizontal scoop was added to the underside of the bonnet to assist in cooling. The interior was entirely new in the V-12, including the seats and door panels. The centre console was now vacuum-formed with a simulated leather finish. A smaller, dished, leather rim steering wheel was fitted.

Standard equipment in 1974 included leather-faced, semi-reclining bucket seats with an almond Ambla-trimmed interior, tachometer, trip odometer and Dunlop tyres on 38-centimetre wheels. The convertible’s trunk was covered in a Hardura beige-coloured mat.

As production wound down on the beloved XKE Jaguar, it was decided the last 50 cars should be “Commemorative Edition” examples. The Commemorative Edition cars were finished in black and came specially equipped with factory hardtops and a special brass dashboard plaque, bearing the signature of Sir William Lyons, signifying that it was one of the last 50 cars built.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2010 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

292 bhp, 5,343 cc four overhead camshaft V-12 engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension via upper and lower A-arms, coil springs, and anti-roll bar, and independent rear suspension via coil springs, lower wishbones, and radius arms, and four-wheel power assisted disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105"

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Simon Clay

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