World Series III: ’73 Jaguar XKE V-12 Coupe
We like Coupes of all kinds. In many ways, Coupes are the purest vision of what the designer originally intended. We offer the Porsche 911 as a wonderful example of why the Coupe looks just right. Now that philosophy gets a wee bit fuzzy when applied to the glorious E-Type Jaguar. They all look great, yet we still prefer the Coupe. Now let’s drill down a little further — 2-seat versus 4-seat? In the Jaguar, we usually opt for the 2-seater, particularly if it is a Series II since it is a bit awkward to begin with. But in Series III, 4-Seaters rule the roost. Okay, so that’s all that was available back then. Now that we have a few things settled, we can ask the question, 6-cylinder or 12 (a very small number of Series III 6-cylinders were built)? If you are Al Gore, you would pick the more fuel efficient 6-cylinder. But you’re not. Although the 12-cylinder is frighteningly beautiful and complex looking, they are reported to be quite durable once set-up properly. If you are interested in our feature car and do not live near an experienced Jaguar specialist, look for something else. We think this car is beautiful in white. And the chrome wheels work just so. The interior appears to have the proper amount of patina and displays the love and adoration of its previous custodians. What is also very cool about this one is its manual transmission. We don’t know the production figures for manual over automatics but it is our assumption it is skewed towards automatics. This car rocks. There are a few marque experts who can assist in removing the unnecessary pumps and plumbing in states where a ’73 is exempt from smog testing. We would do it as it will save weight and increase power and drivability. See this always-a-California V-12 Jaguar on Craigslist by clicking here.