California kept, low mileage E-Type convertible with only 37,000 original miles! Features original, unmodified V12 engine, 4-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, chrome wire spoke wheels, and more! A superb car on the road, and an exciting Jaguar investment for the future! The XKE series Jaguar was an instant success from the moment it appeared at…
California kept, low mileage E-Type convertible with only 37,000 original miles! Features original, unmodified V12 engine, 4-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, chrome wire spoke wheels, and more! A superb car on the road, and an exciting Jaguar investment for the future!
The XKE series Jaguar was an instant success from the moment it appeared at the automotive seen in 1961! As each new generation was improved from the last, it continued to offer more and more to the buyers after the prestigious luxury sports car from England! This included improved brakes, better suspension, superior interior comfort, more significant cooling, and bigger displacement engines! By 1971, the short wheel base offering was long gone in favor of a quality ride, and power steering was now a standard feature. The Series III was born with a V12 with quad Zenith-Stromberg carburetion under the bonnet, and only 6,119 LHD convertibles were produced over the entire four year production!
We are delighted to offer this 1974 Jaguar XKE Series III convertible finished in British Green over beautifully kept Black Leather interior and Black soft top! Options include number matching 5.3L V12 engine producing a powerful 272 horsepower, 4-speed synchromesh manual transmission, air conditioning, chrome 15” wire spoke wheels with Michelin Radial X redline tires, AM/FM radio, twin tip chrome exhaust, leather wrapped steering wheel, telescoping steering column, remote outside mirror, and more! Standard options included a responsive 4-wheel independent suspension with matching disc brakes at all four corners, power steering, front & rear bumper guards, and full dash instrumentation with electric dash!
This wonderful example is showing only 37,208 miles which are believed to be original from new, although the St. Louis Car Museum was not provided enough evidence to support a true mileage claim. Helping support the mileage is the fact this car possesses all original, factory applied paint with exception to the center section of the hood, along with an all original interior and top. A paint meter shows 2.5-4.5mils on all panels, where the hood center was repainted reading 7-10.5mils. Ownership history supports a longtime southern California history, even gracing the esteemed Astor Classics Museum of Anaheim, CA for the past 14 years. This museum was built by Art Astor of the Astor Broadcast Group covering some 100k square feet, all filled with past automobilia, petroliana, industry firsts, and of course his personal car collection. He had purchased this Jaguar from Donald Koll of The Koll Company, a mogul as a real estate developer in the high rise, retail space, and resort building business. History beyond Mr. Koll isn’t available, but the car retains the original blue plate California tag which is included with the sale. Also included will be an original owner’s manual, 3 sets of keys, and all original tire changing equipment.
Upon arrival to our Museum, we performed a full inspection and replaced the following items: spark plugs & wires, all drive belts (a/c compressor, alternator, power steering, water pump), clutch slave cylinder, brake hoses, fluid level sensors, fuel sender, front sway bar bushings, new hood & door seals, air intake trumpet bellows & clamps, heater intake screen & foam seals, new air filters, new engine oil & filter, among a few smaller items. Overall, the car has been unbelievably well kept and remains very original overall! It starts, runs, and drives with great bravado with a pure Jaguar sound from the exhaust! The brakes and throttle are equally responsive for spirited drives, or relaxing cruises. Note: This vehicle is titled as a 1973 model year example likely due to original registration. Please feel free to call with questions or to schedule an opportunity to see this vehicle in person.
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