California kept, low mileage E-Type convertible showing only 14,587
miles! Features original V12 engine, automatic transmission, air
conditioning, chrome wire spoke wheels, and more! A superb car on
the road, and an exciting Jaguar investment!
The XKE series Jaguar was an instant success from the moment it
appeared at the automotive seen in 1961! As each new generation was
improved from the last, it continued to offer more and more to the
buyers after the prestigious luxury sports car from England! This
included improved brakes, better suspension, superior interior
comfort, more significant cooling, and bigger displacement engines!
By 1971, the short wheel base offering was long gone in favor of a
quality ride, and power steering was now a standard feature. The
Series III was born with a V12 with quad Zenith-Stromberg
carburetion under the bonnet, and only 7,990 convertible were
produced over the entire four year production!
We are delighted to offer this 1974 Jaguar XKE Series III
convertible finished in Greensand over beautiful Black Leather
interior and Black soft top! Options include number matching 5.3L
V12 engine producing a powerful 272 horsepower, Borg Warner 3-speed
automatic transmission, air conditioning, chrome 15" wire spoke
wheels with Michelin 1" whitewall tires, Becker Europa II Stereo
AM/FM radio, polished stainless steel exhaust system with proper
fantail tip, leather wrapped steering wheel, telescoping steering
column, remote outside mirror, and more! Standard options included
a responsive 4-wheel independent suspension with matching disc
brakes at all four corners, power steering, front & rear bumper
guards, and Smiths instrumentation with electric tachometer!
This wonderful example is showing only 14,587 miles which are
believed to be original from new, although the St. Louis Car Museum
was not provided enough evidence to support a true mileage claim.
Registration records and former sales listings support this car was
formerly owned by a collector in Newport Beach, CA dating back to
2002 who drove the car very sparingly. It would later sell with
13,915 miles to a European sports car collector based in San
Antonio, TX in approximately 2012.
Upon arrival to our Museum in July 2021, we conducted a full
inspection and performed the following services: rebuilt all
carburetors with new floats, seals, needle & seats, needle springs,
and new jets; new NGK spark plugs and throttle cable; rebuilt and
recurved distributor with new cap, rotor, coil, and fresh battery;
new a/c compressor clutch and freon recharge; brake fluid flush
with new level sensor; flushed fuel tank and lines, installed new
fuel sender, gasket, & fuel filter; new door seals; engine
ventilation tubes; new air filters, new engine oil & filter, among
a few smaller items. At considerable expense, this car was fitted
by a previous owner with a complete SU carburetor conversion in
place of the original Zenith-Stromberg units. Once warmed up, it
runs and drives with great bravado with a pure Jaguar sound through
the brand-new Welsh stainless steel exhaust system! The brakes and
throttle are equally responsive for spirited drives, or just
relaxing evening cruises!
Included with this Jaguar will be an original owner's manual, 2
keys, and original tire changing equipment minus the jack. A Jaguar
Heritage Trust Certificate shows this Jaguar was built in April
1974 and delivered through British-Leyland New York in May 1974.
Note: This vehicle is titled as a 1973 model year example likely
due to a clerical error during past registration. Please feel free
to call with questions or to schedule an opportunity to see this
vehicle in person.