Jaguar E Type V12
The last production of the E types was finished in September 1974. In 1971 The Jaguar E type was coming to a full decade of manufacture and needing urgently upgrades to face the competition. Jaguar fitted the newly developed V12 engine in E types. This engine was originally aimed at the new range of saloon cars. The Jaguar E type V12 was based on the longer wheelbase model used for the 2+2s. Larger muscled wheel arches, flat oval shaped mouth in front of the engine hood with grille and heavy chrome-trimmed headlamps.
Under side of the engine hood oval mouth opening was fitted a horizontal scoop for better cooling. ‘Jaguar E-type V12’ chromed letters on trunk lid. This model was supplied with more comfortable leather seats than in the older models.
Air-conditioning was becoming a popular demand and fitted to some cars. The interior door panels were recessed and armrests supplied.
Low shine black finish on dashboard, trimmed transmission tunnel and a glove compartment with lock. Rocker switches instead of toggle.
The heavy V12 engine made power steering a necessity and allowing a smaller black steering wheel to be fitted, which was made no longer of mahogany.
Front and rear independent suspension, anti-dive geometry introduced at front on this series III.
Jaguar V 12 Engine Sound
Jaguar E Type (Jaguar XKE)
It is known as the Jaguar E Type in Europe and commonly referred to as the Jaguar XKE in North America. Get more detailed information on the Jaguar XKE:
Monotube shock absorbers and power-assisted steering fitted. Upgraded ventilated discs with three pot calipers at the front and two pot at the rear.
Dunlop SP Sport radial tires fitted, that been supplied to Jaguar since 1968. The engine a 5343cc 60-degree angled V12 Single camshaft with 4 Zenith 175 CDSE carburetors producing 272hp at 5,850rpm. Four speed manual transmission with synchromesh on all gears.
The Jaguar E-type V12 engine is very smooth sounding and silent in all regimes in comparison to the 6-lines unique “music” that you feel you’re missing the roar of a Jaguar as you drive a much heavier and larger car that has less sport.