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From launch at Geneva in 1961, Jaguar’s landmark E-Type was highly adaptable and evolved over several iterations to meet fast-changing buyer demands and tightening governmental regulations in its key markets. By 1971, the final V-12 Series III models arrived, with E-Type production run ending in 1974. The E-Type went out with a bang in the United States, with Huffaker Racing and Group 44 racing it to great effect during 1974 and 1975, culminating in Group 44’s 1975 SCCA Manufacturer’s Championship victory with its iconic green and white E-Type roadster.
Series III E-Types rode upon a 105-inch wheelbase and featured more aggressive styling plus revised interior appointments. Equipped with power brakes and steering, a 272 hp V-12 and a choice of automatic or fully synchronized manual gearboxes, these final-series cars were, and remain, highly capable and refined Grand Touring machines. Today, they continue to captivate legions of collectors and marque enthusiasts as the last and most highly developed examples of the breed.
This matching numbers, final-year E-Type Roadster from 1974 was restored and comprehensively upgraded for driving enjoyment, with performance considerably heightened over its factory-stock specifications. The already powerful V-12 engine was completely rebuilt and fitted with forged performance pistons and custom-made Deves rings and drive gear. Other outstanding features include a brand new engine cage, SU carburetor kit, Stage 2 racing cam, and valve springs. All-new parts, bearings, fasteners, and seals were installed throughout the engine as well. Hotter spark is provided by a Pertronix coil, distributor cap, and spark-plug wires, and fuel is delivered via a brand new fuel pump with all new lines and hardware. A set of headers feeds the big-bore stainless-steel exhaust system. A lightweight alloy flywheel and a competition clutch kit send the V-12’s power to a brand new five-speed manual transmission.
Other new items include an upgraded oil filter housing, all-new rubber hoses, clamps, hard lines, and more, with virtually everything brand new and upgraded inside and out of the Jaguar. Engine cooling is thoroughly enhanced with the addition of an XL aluminum radiator, dual thermostatically-controlled cooling fans, a brand new water pump, aluminum coolant expansion tank, and oil cooler. Passenger comfort is heightened to match, with an upgraded A/C system and a new heater box kit. The E-Type’s underpinnings received similar treatment, with the addition of an improved adjustable steering rack, a complete steering kit, and steering column U-joint. Updated torsion bars, a polyurethane suspension bushing set, GAZ shocks and springs, and an IRS mounting kit were fitted as well. The Wilwood brake system includes heavy-duty braided lines, CC bearings, a set of sport rotors, a complete bearing kit, new calipers, and stainless pistons.
The E-Type’s new exterior paintwork is beautifully complemented by all new chrome, rubber seals and gaskets, a new windscreen and convertible top, and the more appealing early-style bumpers. The cockpit is handsomely trimmed in new leather upholstery including the dash, and the car is further equipped with Dynamat sound deadener beneath the new carpeting. A new vintage-style radio, speakers, and wiring provide entertainment beyond the car’s unforgettable V-12 song. An original imported Nardi steering wheel and a set of Dunlop wheels wrapped in proper Vredestein tires complete this exceptionally presented E-Type, which is accompanied by receipts totalling approximately $100,000.