The Series 3 Jaguar E-Type is a car that has been somewhat lost to history. The original E-Type is regarded as one of the most beautiful cars ever, but the Series 3? Not so much.
But recently it started to become hot property for customers who want to combine driving pleasure with usability.
This particular model – a 1974 example – has undergone a 3,000-hour restoration by E-Type UK. The car was commissioned by an overseas customer who not only wanted it restored to perfection but also tailored to his exact desires. As a result, the E-Type Series 3 is highly-personalized and upgraded to fit the customer’s definition of the ultimate E-Type: a car that offers both thunderous performance and smooth grand touring capabilities.
E-Type UK undertook an extensive consultation process with the client. It rebuilt and reworked the original 5.3-litre V12, creating a totally bespoke downdraft fuel injection system for the car with Jenvy throttle bodies, Emerald ECU and full custom wiring loom. The engine's capacity was increased to 6.1-litres as well and it now produces 284bhp.
The car also has an impressive custom 12-branch stainless steel exhaust system, strengthened sills, bespoke extended louvers added to the bonnet and additional air ducting to help with the additional performance. There's also a sports steering, rack adjustable suspension with sports torsion bars all around, and 4-pot AP Racing brakes with grooved vented disks to the front.
Styling-wise, exterior changes are very subtle and understated — after all, who can honestly claim they can improve the E-type’s looks? Striking details include one-off 62-spoke 16-inch Turino wire wheels shod with whitewall tires, full LED lighting system including DRLs, and stainless-steel bumpers including overrides.
The interior includes a fully bespoke leather treatment, custom XJS-based seats mounted on lowered seat bases for a better driving position, LED lighting (custom footwell lighting, door flood lighting, and boot lighting), as well as a glowing red start button sitting beneath the piano black dash. Beneath the entire interior lies Dynamat sound deadening, and the same material is used on the inside of the factory hardtop beneath the Alcantara headliner.
Pricing for this build was not announced. But if you have to ask, they probably couldn't afford one.
Just the right dose of modernization to complement the E-type’s timeless flair…Whether you think it was worth it, is totally up to you guys.