Our client sent us his 1974 Jaguar XKE Series III Roadster for a comprehensive nut and bolt show/driver level resto. We stripped the car to bare metal and after an examination determined we had to replace all of the damaged sheet metal before proceeding with the normal comprehensive restoration. This is an example of some of the unknowns we come across in the restoration of these cars.
When we broke down the engine for rebuilding, the car had not been serviced properly during prior ownership; the head and block were sealed together, and because they are aluminum there was damage that needed special welding and machining to repair. This was mostly due to neglecting to change the oil and coolant on a regular basis.
The motor, transmission, and the rear end were completely rebuilt. In addition, all other major systems and components were rebuilt as well.
The Roadster was color-changed from its original color of White to a vibrant Opalescent Maroon, complimented by a Biscuit interior that was trimmed by our Master Upholsterer.
Stay tuned to our Summer Newsletter for an update on this spectacular Roadtser!
• F&R smaller bumper guards
• Stainless Steel Exhaust
• Spectacular color combination
• Alloy radiator w/aux. fans
• Sound deadening
• Stayfast Top & Matching Boot
• Stainless Spoked Wire Wheels
• Electronic Ignition
• Digital AM-FM radio w/iPhone jack
History of the Series 3: The Jaguar V-12 was advertised as 'The E-Type With a Difference.' The Jaguar V-12 engine was introduced into production for 1971 and was discontinued in 1976. The V-12 was only the second engine Jaguar designed to go into production in the history of the company. The original 5.3-liter engine had an over square 90mm bore by 70mm stroke producing 285 horsepower. This Series 3 example is one of the 7,300 E-Types known as the '2+2', a four-passenger version of the coupe with a slightly lengthened wheelbase that was first introduced in 1966. The original, beautifully sleek semi-monocoque body was the work of Malcolm Sayer, one of the first engineers to apply the principles of aerodynamics to automotive design. The Series 3, produced from 1971 until 1974, had to be modified to conform to increasingly stringent safety standards. It can be identified by the large cross-slatted front grille and flared wheel arches. Powered by a 326 cubic-inch V-12 engine with 'massive torque and incredible acceleration,' its top speed is somewhere around 150 miles per hour. The engine is supported by a square tube frame structure fused to the firewall of the monocoque shell. It features four-wheel independent suspension with two coil springs in front and four in back, rack-and-pinion steering, and four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. Ever since its first appearance, the Jaguar E-Type has been instantly identifiable, all over the World, by its distinctive and highly individual styling and has become one of Britain's most successful exports.