Series 3

From 1971 to 1974

The E-type Series 3 models came out in 1971 introducing the first new Jaguar engine since the XK in 1948. An advanced V12 engine of 5.3 litre capacity, all aluminium with two overhead camshafts, this was a tour de force of engineering supremacy and refinement, upstaging all sports car competition. To accommodate the larger engine the body shell was re-designed with revised frames, uprated suspension, brakes and wider wings to accommodate the wider wheels and tyres needed. The bonnet mouth was also enlarged again, now fitted with a chromed grille. 

Launched as the long wheelbase 2 + 2 fixed head coupe, the roadster model also took advantage of the longer wheelbase, but still as a two-seater. The former went out of production in 1973 while the roadster soldiered on until 1974 when E-type production finally finished.

Model Summary

Model Type:

E-Type

Production Dates:

1971 - 1974

Engine Range:

5.3 Litre series 3

0 - 60 mph:

6.4 (6.8 2+2 Coupe) seconds

Top Speed:

146 (142 2+2 Coupe) mph

Series 3 Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

 5.3 Litre series 3
Engine (cc)5343
Bore and Stroke (mm)90 x 70
Compression Ratio9:1
BHP272
@ RPM5850
Torque (lb ft)304
@ RPM5600
Fuelling4x Stromberg carbs

Engine Performance

 5.3 Litre series 3
Top Speed146 (142 2+2 Coupe) mph
0 - 60 mph6.4 (6.8 2+2 Coupe) seconds
Fuel Consumption14.5 mpg

Model Specifications

 5.3 Litre series 3
Transmission4-speed all synchro B/W 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in)15, wire/steel option
Suspension (Front)Ind wishbone, torsion bar
Suspension (Rear)Ind lower wishbone, upper driveshaft link, radius arms, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, rear inboard

Model Dimensions

 5.3 Litre series 3
Length (in)184+
Width (in) 
Height (in) 
Wheelbase (in)105
Front Track (in)54.5
Rear Track (in)53
Weight (Cwt)28.8 (295 2+2)

Optional Extras

  • Choice of three radio installations and fitting kits
  • Electrical radio aerial
  • Three choice of bonnet- or door-mounted mirrors
  • Locking petrol filler cap
  • Front seat safety belts
  • Rear seat safety belts for 2+2 model
  • Front seat safety belts
  • Rear seat safety belts for 2+2 model
  • Front seat headrest
  • Electrically heated rear screen
  • Sundym tinted glass
  • Alternative choice of tyres
  • Wire wheels
  • Chromium-plated wire wheels
  • Chromium-plated steel wheels
  • Detachable hardtop for roadster models
  • Air-conditioning

Chassis Numbers

ModelDriver SideChassis No. CommencedNumber made
Series 3 E-type OTSRHD1S10011871
Series 3 E-type OTSLHD1S200016119
Series 3 E-type 2+2 CoupeRHD1S500012115
Series 3 E-type 2+2 CoupeLHD1S700015182

Series 3 Events

Trackday 2

Ever thought of trying your car on the track or just want to experience the thrill in the hands of a professional tutor?Well now you can!...

Ever thought of trying your car on the track or just want to experience the thrill in the hands of a professional tutor?Well now you can!...

Jaguar Xkss In Front Of The Jaguar Classic Stand Chris Gage

The 2017 Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Annual General Meeting at Jaguar Cars Limited, Castle Bromwich facility, Castle Vale, Birmingham, West Midlands.

The 2017 Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club Annual General Meeting at Jaguar Cars Limited, Castle Bromwich facility, Castle Vale, Birmingham, West Midlands.

Series 3 News

6 Cy Eim2

Missing Series 3 E-Type is found, all well and good. One of only 4 thought to ever be produced with the 6 cylinder engine this 2+2 is certainly a rare car.

Missing Series 3 E-Type is found, all well and good. One of only 4 thought to ever be produced with the 6 cylinder engine this 2+2 is certainly a rare car.

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Mr Photography Jag Day Prescott 51

Model Contacts

Art Lawrence

E-Type Forum Co-ordinator & E-Type Registrar

Tel: +44 07834 542403@: etype.jec@gmail.com

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