This 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 is an elegant 2+2 coupé model, described as being in ‘time capsule’ condition by the vendor. A solid and original car sourced from the ‘Sunshine State’ of Florida, US, its 5.3-litre V12 starts and runs smoothly, powered through the optional three-speed automatic transmission. Now showing 41,092mi (66,131km) from new, which is believed to be the correct mileage, it is ready to register and use on the road or be the subject of a sympathetic restoration.
Sourced by the vendor who found it in a garage in Florida, this E-Type S3 is a left-hand drive, late production model that was delivered new to the US in 1973 – as confirmed by its ‘UD’ chassis number prefix. It was purchased and exported to Poland two years ago, and since then it has received mechanical attention from the vendor – the third owner of the car – to ensure that it can be driven as-is.
The paintwork has evidently been faded by the Floridian sun, but still has a solid finish with no significant corrosion. There are no indications that the car has ever been repainted, and as such the colour is believed by the vendor to be the original factory coat. All of the exterior chrome trim is present and could be rejuvenated simply by a thorough polish. The floors and sills are solid and are showing only slight surface blemishes as seen in the photos.
Inside, the cabin appears to be entirely original, with well-worn black leather upholstery featuring perforated seat centre panels. All of the switchgear and trim is present and there are no known electrical faults. A period Clarion radio and cassette player is installed above the gear shifter.
During the vendor’s ownership, the four Zenith Stromberg carburettors have been fully reconditioned, and in March 2019 the E-Type received a thorough service for the braking and fuel systems. This was followed by a technical inspection that resulted in no warnings or alerts. The original Jaguar chrome wheels are reported to be in superb condition, and all four matching Pirelli P400 tyres have plenty of tread remaining.
The car is being sold with the original maintenance and service handbook, as well as the V12 repair manual, tool kit and jack. Also included is the import paperwork, the most recent US certificate of title, a spare wheel and miscellaneous replacement parts – including seals and hoses. With sound bodywork and its V12 running smoothly, this beautifully-preserved 1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 Coupe could easily be used as it stands. Should the next owner desire, some sympathetic attention to its cosmetic state would certainly enhance the car. Alternatively, its solid condition makes it an ideal candidate for a terrific restoration.