For Sale: 1974 Jaguar E-Type in Fenton, Missouri

Vehicle Description

Twelve cylinders. The new 60-degree, all-aluminum SOHC V-12 had its roots in the planned mid-1960s DOHC racing engine that powered the stillborn XJ13. The production version used a 90 x 70-mm bore and stroke and displaced 5,343-cc/326-cu.in. It had a forged-steel three-plane crankshaft with seven main bearings and wet cylinder liners, and in original form, a 9.1:1 compression ratio. Four emissions-ready one-barrel Zenith-Stromberg 175 CD 2SE carburetors supplied the copious amount of fuel demanded, and its new Lucas OPUS electronic ignition system was derived from Formula 1 racing practice. Output was a DIN-rated 272 hp (net, 244 hp) at 5,850 rpm and 304-lb-ft (283-lb-ft) of torque at 3,600 rpm.

In the automotive numbers game, that's very nearly top of the pops, a Classic-era throwback that blends smoothness, performance, and prestige in equal measures. Jaguar had long been famed for its sophisticated XK twin-cam straight-six engines, but as the 1970s approached with new emissions regulations, the limitations of that cast-iron unit prompted the automaker's engineers to create something entirely new. The aluminum Jaguar V-12 would effortlessly make as much power as the race-spec six while weighing just 80 pounds more and fitting into the same space. The E-type would be its first, and most sporting, home. The third series of this model-still called "XKE" by the company's U.S. marketing arm -represented a sea change for its maker. At its most basic level, it was a beautiful container for the jewel-like V-12 under its long hood. That engine not only kept the E-type competitive in the face of ever-increasing pollution controls, it gave Jaguar a cylinder count matched only by Ferrari and Lamborghini, and would power the automaker's forthcoming flagship luxury sedan, the XJ12.
A Borg-Warner Model 12 automatic was available for the first time in the E-type Open Two-Seater (OTS, aka roadster), and power steering was standard, for a special reason: It now shared the 2+2's 9-inch-longer wheelbase, and the traditional two-seat Fixed-Head Coupe was no longer available. The roadster and 2+2 featured tracks 4� inches wider in front and nearly 3 inches wider in the rear. In addition to the longer sills and doors that the roadster received, both it and the 2+2 got lower floor pans that improved legroom.

Setting the 1971 Series III apart from earlier E-types were a larger front air intake capped with an egg-crate grille, a steeper windshield with two wipers, demure fender arch flares over 15 x 6-inch chromed steel or available 72-spoke wire wheels, ventilation grilles in the 2+2's hatch and the roadster's optional fiberglass hardtop, and four exhaust tips making a dramatic exit in the rear. The slender bumpers sported chrome overriders with small rubber tips. Inside, a smaller 15-inch steering wheel added thigh room, and seats were upholstered in perforated leather, with Ambla vinyl side and back trim. Air conditioning was a pricey option at $482, but prospective owners were spoiled for choice with between 12 and 15 paint colors on offer, and up to 13 interior colors.

The 2+2 was built in 10 times the volume of the roadster for 1971: 3,406 to 340. But production was more equal for 1972 (1,994 to 1,711), when running changes included redesigned heater and choke controls, new fresh air vents, a seatbelt warning system, and a thermal vacuum system for emissions control; 2+2s received fixed rear seatbacks.
For '73, a revised rack-and-pinion steering system debuted, along with an updated version of the automatic transmission, and rear brake air scoops; hoop-style metal front over riders with collapsible rubber inserts were added. Changing emissions demands led to a drop in compression ratio from 9.1:1 to 7.8:1. OTS production outstripped the 2+2 at 3,165 to 1,521, and this would be the solid-roof E-type's last model year.
January 1974 marked the highest E-type production month ever, with 480 roadsters built. All wore large, reinforced hydrocarbon rubber front and rear bumper over riders, but with this modification came two fewer exhaust tips. Ensuring the car went out with a bang, the Group 44 and Huffaker racing teams drove British Leyland-sponsored V-12 roadsters to divisional championships in SCCA B Production racing.

*Total production of the Series III 1S20001 - 1S26120:
*LHD Open Two Seaters (6,120)

The last Open Two-Seater was assembled in September 1974 and given to the Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Museum in Coventry. More than 70-percent of the V-12 E-types built were sold in America, which embraced the car's new, refined grand-touring character and could better accept its 14 to 18 average mile-per-gallon thirst. Our market loves this British automaker's wares, as the populous Jaguar Clubs of North America (jcna.com) organization and multiple parts vendors and specialist repair/restoration shops confirm. There are many E-type experts who can help you evaluate, purchase, maintain, and enjoy a Series III of your own.

While V-12 E-types have traditionally lagged behind the early 3.8- and 4.2-liter cars in desirability and value, they're no longer inexpensive. That said, the Series III still represents a major bargain compared to other 12-cylinder sports and GT cars.
The 1974 model year marked the end of an era for Jaguar, as it was the final production year for the E-Type, one of Jaguar's most celebrated post-war models. Throughout its transition from the Series I 3.8-liter inline-six to the Series III powered by a 5.3-liter V-12, the E-Type had remained an icon of British engineering and design. Over the E-Type's 13 years of production, it had evolved into a comfortable grand tourer, and the V-12 cars were the pinnacle of that evolution. The addition of a V-12 engine over the earlier straight-six meant an increase in available power. Other mechanical changes included a new suspension and wider track. The roadster also adapted the longer wheelbase of the outgoing 2+2 coupe, providing for slightly more interior room.
Twelve-cylinder E-Types are praised by enthusiasts for the power and torque provided by their engines, and they are excellent long-distance drivers. This Series III E-Type Roadster is finished in a highly attractive color scheme of Regency Red over a Biscuit Tan leather interior, and it represents excellent value for the price, as it combines one of the 20th century's best automotive designs with the sense of occasion only a V-12-powered Roadster can provide.

This is a absolute stunning example of a 1974 Jaguar Series III OTS/Roadster finished in Silver with Black leather interior and Black vinyl top. The Numbers Matching V12 is mated to a three speed automatic transmission and has only traveled 55,452 miles from new in the last 49 years. This is a factory Air Conditioning car and has the 72 spoke wire wheels with matching spare and jack. The paint on the car is fantastic with a very deep shine and a mirror like finish. All of the chrome trim and bright work is in amazing condition as well. This is a investment grade 1974 Jaguar series III Roadster with that will continue climb in value.

Call 314-346-6039 to purchase or with any questions 314-346-6039

Vehicle Details

  • 1974 Jaguar E-Type
  • Listing ID: CC-1684883
  • Price: $88,895
  • Location:Fenton, Missouri
  • Year:1974
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:E-Type
  • Exterior Color:Silver Metallic
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:55454
  • Stock Number:2067
  • VIN:UE1S25287BW
Listed By:
West Port Auto Center
1300 West Lark Industrial Pkwy
Fenton, MO 63026

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