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In Europe, the most innovative sports cars of the 1960s were the Porsche 911 and the new Jaguar Type E. In particular, it was obvious that Type E would be a hit if we looked at the strategic market including not only the advanced and beautiful styling but also the excellent packaging and naming and price of racing cars.
In particular, the top speed of 240 km/h was far superior to that of competitors, except for racing cars. But if you can get it for half the price of a Ferrari or Aston Martin, it's no wonder a lot of sports car fans flocked to you. The car was so attractive that there was an anecdote that even founder Enzo Ferrari wanted.
Type E has been produced for 14 years from 1961 to 1975. In order to meet the demand from the US market, which is the main market, minor changes are often made and generally classified into 3 types, Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 (Series 1 also has specifications that comply with US security standards, and there are many parts that are very similar to Series 2, so there is a model called Series 1.5 among enthusiasts.). In the market, it is often said that the most beautiful one is Series 1, which has few frames, and Series 3, which is maturing, if you want to use it daily.
When it first debuted, it was a 2 seater fixed head coupe and an open 2 seater, but in late 1966, 2+2 was added. In Series 3, the coupe was discontinued, and the body of the open 2 seater was changed to 2+2 base. At that time, a semi monocoque + space frame structure was adopted for the vehicle body, making it both lightweight and rigid. At the time of launch, only the 4-speed MT was used for the mission, but the 3-speed AT has also been added to the lineup.
The engine started with a 3.8 liter in-line 6 cylinder DOHC engine. In 1964, the engine displacement was increased to 4.2 liters in order to suppress the performance degradation due to the exhaust gas countermeasures at that time. In 1971, the Series 3 engine was equipped with a newly developed 5.3 liter V-type 12 cylinder SOHC.
The exterior was proud of its simple beauty, but the series 1.5 and later included larger bumpers and combination lamps, and the series 3 included an additional plating grill and a large overrider, creating a balance of power and luxury. As the number of years passed, the color of high-performance ground touring cars became stronger. For example, the power steering system and other equipment were enhanced, and comfort was enhanced by seat improvements. By the way, the weight of the initial model was in the middle of 1200 kg, but the final model was over 1500 kg (both open two-seaters), and it was clear that the degree of sport decreased due to the deterioration of weight distribution caused by the installation of the V type 12 cylinder.
The E Type 2 + 2, which has become obsolete as a sports car, was discontinued in 1973, and the open 2 seater was discontinued in 1975, and the baton will be connected to the successor XJ-S.
|Shinichi Yamazaki's Highlights!|
This is the E-type Series 3, which was sold in 1972 by Shin-Towa Motors, the then official dealer. This car is owned by 3 owners and both are stored in the garage. It is dark red (Imperial Maroon) which tends to fade easily, but it keeps beautiful color and luster. The previous owner was an unparalleled jaguar fetish and owned 3 units in addition to the Series 3 (It may appear in CARZY in the future.). He enjoyed a classic rally with my wife in this car (participation sticker in bonnet and trunk), but He decided to let go with a feeling of crying because of illness.
What is surprising is the maintenance history of the previous owner. Seven years ago, the dashboard, steering, glass, and soft top were replaced with new ones, and the interior materials such as seats, side sills, and floor carpets were all replaced. Five years ago, when the vehicle ran over the shoulder during a classic rally, the front frame was slightly distorted, which led to the replacement of the entire suspension system, including the torsion bar. In addition to regular maintenance, such as cylinder head O/H, front and rear malls, and replacement of combination lamps, we have spent a total of over 12 million yen to refresh.
Of course, the engine starts at once, and there is no shock when the mission is put in, and even if you touch it a little, you can feel its good condition. In addition, it is clean overall, but each part has a moderate feeling of use (Lower rubber deformation, small stepping stones, etc.), and the fact that it is a car that has been driven firmly is also a high point. I can assure you that there is very little chance that you will encounter the E-Type Series 3 in such excellent condition.
However, as mentioned above, the previous owner participated in the classic rally, so the car navigation system and rally computer are mounted in the glove box of the passenger seat. In addition, it was modified to give priority to ease of use at the event rather than the original, such as wearing a power window and three-point seat belt. Of course, it's possible to return to a standard state (Additional fee is required.), but personally, if you're planning on enjoying the ride regularly, it's a good idea to preserve it because it's a part of comfort and safety. It's not too late to put it back after you fully enjoy running.
This price is not high considering that you don't have to worry about troubles after purchase and you can start running immediately. We hope that classic car enthusiasts who have no prejudice against non-originals and who can see the essence of the car will purchase it.
Originally written by Shinichi Yamazaki
Photo by Hidehiro Tanaka
Published on December 2019
|Year of Purchase||Dec 1972|