Hooniverse Fastback Friday – The Very First V-12 Jaguar E-Type Coupe Certified for the US


Welcome to another edition of Hooniverse Fastback Friday. After all the discussions we had about what a fastback really is, I started discarding my collection of future articles for this feature. Out went the 68-72 GM Mid Sized Coupes; Bye bye to the Nova and their clones; So long to the full sized Fords and Mercurys; Hasta la Vista to the Chargers of the 60s and 70s. With so much material being tossed into the crapper, I had to start looking for other targets, and look what popped up…. A 1971 Jaguar V12 E-Type Series III Coupe that was reported as being the very first one to be Federally Certified. Now, how’s that for a fastback!


The Series III E-Type is really a cartoon of its former self with styling revisions that were mandated by law, including headlamp height, side marker lamps, rear tail lamps, and bumper standards. This made the once graceful cat look a bit overweight, and the extra 350 lbs. over the Series I didn’t help either.

However, it did gain a big new engine in the form of a 326 CID (5.3L) V-12 that produced 282HP and nearly the same number in torque readings. This particular car is equipped with four Zenith-Stromberg Side Draft Carburetors, and was delivered to the drive wheels using a BorgWarner 3-speed Automatic. According to the Listing:

Here is your opportunity to own the first federally equipped 1971 Jaguar E-type 2+2 V12 series 3 to be delivered, comes with original paper work from the Jaguar Coventry and newspaper article to document this vehicle.

Equipped with the 326 cubic inch V12, Stromburg carburetors, automatic transmission, power steering, 4 wheel disc brakes, independent rear suspension, factory steel chrome plated 15″ wheels, dual driving mirrors, bucket seats console, AM/Fm radio. Showing forty nine thousand miles on this two owner vehicle.


Would you believe the Dealer doesn’t list an asking price? I guess it must be free then…. Ha! What do you think this Jaguar will sell for? See the Listing here.

13 Comments

  1. Just a guess, I'd say somewhere around $40-50k. This is just about the least desirable E-type, the 2+2 coupe, add in the automatic and the steel wheels to bring it down even more. I noticed they were careful to say "The first US certified Series III 2+2 coupe V-12", not the first V-12 E-type. That somehow just doesn't sound as special, sort of like having the first white 1971 E-type. It might add a few grand to the price to the right guy though.

  2. Too much roof. I have a hard time with the E-type coupes. They kinda look like a, well, a stepped-on hat to me.
    Yeah, I'm weird. Wanna make something of it?

    1. I agree to some extent. I never really liked the styling of the E Type. It always seemed too narrow for it's length and too blatantly phallic for my taste. The XJ-S has always been my favorite Jag and I would prefer a nice XJ-S over a late E type.

  3. If you look at the side view from the cowl back, it appears to be a blobbier take on a Pinto hatch. Even though this is one of the lesser e-Types, I'd happily rock it. Being able to carry the family would be a little bonus.

  4. I always liked the E coupes. But not these. Just too chunky. The photo make the rear profile seem exactly like a 911, too. For the money asked, the car must be perfect. This isn't. For me the kicker is that for the relatively modest performance boost of the V-12, you get extra complexity and unreliability, and none of the silky Jag I-6 that made the company. I remember R&T's review of the XJ-12, where they promised that a dime dropped anywhere in the engine compartment would never reach the ground.

  5. I'll take a Datsun 240Z (or a 260Z… or even a 280Z minus the hideous crash bumpers) with the v12 from this car. ktnks.

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