Often shunned in recent years by devotees, the Jaguar Series 3 E-Type has now risen from its forgotten ashes, gaining popularity among both enthusiasts and collectors alike.
Subtly introduced to showcase the new Jaguar 5.3-litre V12 engine, boasting wider wheels and tyres, flared arches and the now easily recognisable cross-slatted grille. The boot lid also carried the chrome V12 badge, so as not to confuse those who may contemplate an overtaking manoeuvre.
However, there is one series 3 that stands out from the very ‘usual’ crowd. This incredible V12 6.1 example has been given a lengthy and caring 3,000-hour restoration to bespoke specifications by leading specialists E-Type UK.
Following an overseas commissioned request, the brief was to restore the car to ‘perfection’ and in the process tailor the classic to his precise requirements and exotic desires. The end product is the ultimate E-type driving machine.
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Following an initial consultation the plan was implemented and the wheels of restoration were finally underway. The final result is a Jaguar that retains its integrity, but embraces technology to the maximum, delivering outstanding performance and smooth grand touring capabilities.
The V12 engine, originally 5.3 litres in capacity and utilising Stromberg carburetors, was fully rebuilt and reworked. As specialists in fuel-injecting E-Types, the team created a totally bespoke downdraft fuel injection system for the car with Jenvy throttle bodies, Emerald ECU and full custom wiring loom. The capacity of the engine was increased to 6.1 litres and now produces a dyno-proven 284bhp at the rear wheels. Topped with stunning custom made velocity stacks, the engine produces an exceptional tone through a 12-branch stainless steel exhaust system.
Under The Skin
To aid this improved performance, suitable custom touches were made under the skin of the E-Type. The inner sills were strengthened, bespoke extended louvres were added to the bonnet and additional air ducting was created. A sports steering rack was fitted for a heavier feel, alongside adjustable suspension with sports torsion bars all round and 4-pot AP Racing brakes with grooved vented disks to the front. An aerospace-grade aluminium 5-speed gearbox replaced the old unit, with internal ratios chosen to complement the power band. One-off 62 spoke 16″ Turino wire wheels complete the rolling package.
Fully Bespoke Leather Interior
Inside the car, a fully bespoke leather interior was created. The seat bases were lowered for a better driving position, with custom seats created from XJS units fitted (complete with seat heating). Beneath the interior lies Dynamat sound deadening, adding to the audio experience of the iPod and Bluetooth connected surround sound.
Something of a motif throughout the car is the subtle use of LED lighting, with the interior benefiting from custom foot well lighting, door flood lighting and boot lighting. With a full external light conversion to LEDs, including Daytime Running Lights, this E-Type is the perfect mix of modern practicality and classic style. Complete with glowing red start button sitting beneath the piano black dash, the interior also benefits from a custom air conditioning system.
Full Specification list
Engine capacity increased from 5.3L to 6.1L
Full custom downdraft fuel injection with Emerald ECU, Jenvy throttle bodies and bespoke wiring loom
Bespoke air conditioning
Aluminium radiator and header tank with silicone hoses
Uprated self-contained alternator
Sports power steering rack for heavier feel
12 Branch stainless steel exhaust with full Zirtec coating
Aerospace-grade aluminium 5-speed gearbox
Adjustable suspension front and rear with rebound adjust and sports torsion bars
Front 4-pot AP Racing brakes with grooved vented disks
One-off 62 spoke 16″ Turino wire wheels with aluminium rim and different rear for improved wheel arch clearance
Custom specification white-wall tyres with correct speed rating
Bespoke inner sill strengthening
Bespoke extended welded bonnet louvres
Additional fresh air ducting on the inside of the bonnet
Stainless steel bumpers front and rear including overriders
Factory hardtop improved with Dynamat and Alcantara headliner
Seat base mounts lowered
Bespoke complete leather interior
Bespoke XJS based seats with heated base
Door flood lighting
Foot well lighting
LED dash light illumination
Surround sound system with iPod and Bluetooth functionality
Electrically adjustable rear view mirrors
Engine start button
Piano black dash
KM/H converted speedo and facia
Complete cabin additional sound ending throughout
Remote central locking
LED headlights with integrated daytime running lights
Complete LED bulb replacement
Under bonnet lighting
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