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1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 LHD Automatic


  • Restored car with excellent bodywork 
  • Popular colour combination 
  • Recent engine work including head gasket 
  • Long Controle Technique certificate to April 2025 
  • Very usable and practical Series 3 
  • Original French market car 

The Appeal 

The Series 3 E-Type was not just a test bed for Jaguar’s brand new V12 engine, it leaned into arguably what the car was always meant to be: a relaxing, high performance mile munching GT. 
This early car plays to that theme with its automatic gearbox. In a poplar colour combination its bodywork is in very good condition – we are told it was ‘completely overhauled’ six years ago – and there is evidence of recent engine work. The interior is lightly patinated but since the first thing any owner will surely want to do is drive it, surely that can wait.  

The History and Paperwork 

  • First registered in Paris on 12th November 1971 
  • VIN records confirm this is a factory built Borg Warner gearbox car 
  • It is car number 333 of the run of 5,182 LHD Series 3 coupes 
  • Old invoices and receipts from parts supplier SNG Barratt dating from 2013 and 2020 
  • 2013 invoices indicate the head gasket was replaced at this time 
  • In 2020 attention was paid to the exhaust system and manifolds 
  • We are told by the seller that the car has been completely restored six years ago 
  • Unfortunately we have no further details but the condition attests to this 
  • Controle Technique valid to 10th April 2025 
  • Current owner acquired the car on 13th August 2013

The Condition 

  • Bodywork apparently restored six years ago and condition supports this 
  • Paintwork in very good order and in popular burgundy red shade 
  • No visible damage to paintwork including chips, dents or scuffs 
  • Panel fit is very good throughout particularly across the doors 
  • Chromework well presented with no visible tarnishing or pitting 
  • Smart chrome steel wheels in good order with matching non-chrome spare 
  • Fitted with quality Michelin tyres showing good condition and tread 
  • Glasswork and lights well kept with no visible misting or cracks 
  • Lovely factory correct details abound including the fluted four-branch exhaust tip 
  • Factory tool kit in boot 
  • Biscuit leather interior appears to be original and showing some patina in places 
  • Front seats are usable but show holes and cracks and would benefit from recovering 
  • Rear seats are well presented and apparently unused and original 
  • Rear luggage area in good order with no visible fading, damage or missing trim 
  • Dashboard is original and well kept albeit with some damage to dash top roll 
  • Switchgear is similarly original and showing light marks of age and use 
  • Beige carpets match seats and are well presented with no visible stains or frays 
  • Factory correct three spoke leather-rimmed steering wheel showing only light marks 
  • Later Pioneer stereo fitted but interior otherwise very original 
  • Door cards in well preserved condition with complete, undamaged furniture 
This early Series 3 coupe is finished in an appealing shade of burgundy and sits on factory chrome steels, a smart and welcome alternative to the more common wires. We are told the car was restored six years ago and the panel fit and paintwork finish attests to the quality of that work. 
The interior is finished in popular Biscuit and while it shows some aging, is certainly very usable and could be improved considerably with little significant work.  

The Mechanics 

  • 5.3litre V12 Jaguar engine developing around 285bhp 
  • Four Solex carburettors 
  • 3spd automatic Borg Warner gearbox 
  • Head gasket replaced in 2013 according to parts receipts 
  • More recent attention to manifolds and exhaust system 
Jaguar chose to trial its new V12 engine in the E-Type because it allowed the firm to ramp up volume slowly without too many risks. It is, of course, a gem of a motor, silky smooth and very quick, transforming the E-Type into a luxurious GT. This car’s automatic gearbox emphasises the relaxed, unruffled nature of these later V12 cars. 
We are told the car starts, runs and drives as it should. There is evidence of head gasket work in 2013 and more recent attention to the manifolds.  


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1971
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model E-Type
  • Colour Red
  • Odometer 80,574 Kilometres
  • Engine size 5343
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Centre-Val de Loire
  • Location International
  • Country France

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