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The Jaguar E-Type was referred to as the Jaguar XKE for the North American market and was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. At a time when most cars had drum brakes, live rear axles, and mediocre performance, the E-Type sprang onto the scene with 150 mph top speed, sub-7-second zero to 60 mph acceleration, monocoque construction, disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, independent front and rear suspension and striking appeal. The E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years (1955-1957), and therefore employed the racing design of a body tub attached to a tubular framework, with the engine bolted directly to the framework.
On its release in March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.
The E-Type Series III was introduced in 1971 and production continued until 1975. It was powered by a new 5.3 L twelve-cylinder Jaguar VI2 engine with a top speed of 135 mph. It also had uprated brakes and standard power steering. Optionally an automatic transmission, wire wheels and air conditioning were available. The brand new V12 engine was originally developed for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It was equipped with four Zenith carburetors. The final engine was claimed to produce 272 horsepower, more torque, and a 0-60 mph acceleration in less than 7 seconds.
Total production was 15,290 that was almost equally divided between the two models.
The Jaguar E-Type Series III offered has matching numbers and is finished in Graphite Gray with a new black German canvas top and light tan leather interior. It is offered with the rare fiberglass hardtop and has the original optional wire wheels along with original brightwork.
The white wall tires are new and the original manual is included. Recent mechanical work has been accomplished by Jaguar in Great Britain. A new, in the wrapper, gas tank was recently installed. The XKE is recognized as one of the most elegant designs ever produced offering a combination of styling and performance. The V12 engine under the hood of this fast and sleek looking sports car sounds like a roaring pussy cat ready to offer exciting performance.