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For every three E-Type's built, two were exported, mainly to the U.S. As American emission regulations were increasingly strangling the performance of the E-Type, the Series III emerged in 1971 with a 5.3 litre V12, based on the layout of the longer 2+2 fixed head. Production ceased in 1974, ending a distinguished life and remarkable export success story. The new V12 used an alloy cylinder block and this kept the weight down, meaning the suspension and body of the cars did not have to be modified much and the engine could be sited reasonably well forward without upsetting the cars balance. The most noticeable features of the V12 model are the flared wheel aches and new style grill.
This tax exempt U.K car was manufactured on the 8th September 1971 and supplied new by P.J Evans of Birmingham. The E-Type left the factory with Light Blue paintwork, Dark Blue leather upholstery and automatic transmission. The Jaguar still retains its original registration mark HEA 19K and is a remarkably honest and original car that comes with MOT certificates dating back to 1979, showing a recorded mileage of 50,492 when the car was nine years old. The E-Type has now covered 76,500 miles from new and retains its lovely original upholstery.
HEA 19K has never required a full restoration. This highlights the facts that this is a car that has never been left to deteriorate. It has had to be well maintained, well stored and looked after to be in such original, solid condition after so many years. The interior clearly indicates the E-Type has been carefully owned and the underbody is straight, solid and very original. The E-Type has been re-painted in its original colour many years ago and has a bright finish. The chrome work has been renewed and is of a very good standard and the E-Type has a good, original engine bay and spare wheel well.
The E-Type is an excellent driver and finding strong, useable, and reliable E-Type's in this condition and price range is not always easy. The car is remarkably good on the road with a superb engine holding excellent oil pressure. Performance is excellent, the automatic gearbox changes up and down smoothly and the car feels correct with very good brakes and faultless power assisted steering.
We supplied the car to the last owner in 2009 and it has only averaged 100 miles per year. It has been MOT tested each year and used locally for short journeys. Shortly before arriving with us, the E-Type was taken to a local Jaguar specialist and has had a thorough check over and service. The recent work includes checking and cleaning both front and rear brakes, replacing the washer pump, rear fuel hose, breather pipes, upper ball joint gaiters and track rod end boots. The carburettors were checked, diaphragms replaced and then re-balanced, the throttle and choke linkage were checked and adjusted and all grease points greased as necessary. The E-Type was driven to us from the East Coast and as a result of the recent work, is ready to drive away and offer more reliable, enjoyable classic motoring.