Hadlow, Kent - The 5.3-litre V12 engine Series III, built from 1971 to 1975, has long been the stepchild of the Jaguar E-Type family, partly because it was longer, wider and significantly heavier than its 4.2-litre predecessor, partly because of the rather unfortunate front styling forced on it by US road safety regulations, and partly because some purists say the only real E-Type is an XK-engined E-Type.
But there’s an upside to that: those same purists are less likely to cry ‘Blasphemy!’ if you throw originality to the winds and build a one-off bespoke restomod based on a Series III, creating one wealthy enthusiast’s dream E-Type.
And that’s exactly what E-Type UK has done with this 1974 left hand-drive example, starting with a total engine rebuild. The original 187kW 5.3-litre V12 was taken out to 6.1 litres, and its four Stromberg carburettors ditched in favour of a custom-made downdraught fuel-injection system using Jenvy throttle bodies, an Emerald ECU and a bespoke wiring loom, topped off with 12 specially made velocity stacks.
In place of the original exhaust manifolds, there are two stainless-steel ‘banana branch’ header sets with Zirtec coating, and the rebuilt engine drives the original rear end via a completely new five-speed gearbox, delivering a measured 212kW at the back wheels.
The inner sills of the tub were stiffened to deal with the extra power, a sports steering rack fitted for a heavier feel, along with adjustable suspension, sports torsion bars all round and four-piston AP Racing brakes behind a set of custom-laced 62-spoked Turino wire wheels with 16 inch aluminium rims.
All the bumpers - the worst feature of the original Series III - were replaced with smaller, more elegant, handmade and polished stainless-steel components.