1972 Jaguar E-Type (XKE) V-12 / Photos and Specifications

The 1972 Jaguar E Type Series III, manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd reminds one of the continuation of the sexy sports cars of the 1960's. One difference however is that the cars were hindered by the new emission standards and added safety equipment , including safety bumpers. The new powerful engine did quite a lot to make up for these mandated changes.

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1972 jaguar XKE V-12

The Jaguar E-Types

The first E-Type Jaguar (XKE) came out for the 1961 model year. These new models replaced the XK-150's although they did share many of the styling and technical characteristics. Jaguar promoted the new E-Type car as the "Ultimate Cat" and stressed it's reduced engine noise and smoothness of the ride.

The Series I models were produced from 1961-1968. The second Series E-Types were built from 1968 - 1971. The Series III models were produced from 1971-75. All of these series Jaguars were very good looking sports cars with excellent performance. some might call them stunning. Over the span from 1961 to 1975 total Jaguar E-Type production was about 70,000 vehicles.

1972 jaguar xkeSeries III XKE's

The 1972 Jaguar E-Type (XKE)  featured in this article was built with a V-12 engine that used plenty of gas but delivered great power. To accommodate the larger engine the wheelbase was expanded. The Jaguar V-12 engine first came out in 1971. The Series III was a much-revised model, larger hood bulge, longer wheelbase and wider tires, that was introduced in June 1971 with production running through  August 1973 for the Coupe model and to June 1974 for the Roadster.

Jaguar's V-12 Engine

The 1972 Jaguar 5.3 liter V-12 engine delivered 244 horsepower. This replaced the Inline Sixes.  The 0-60 MPH rating was 7.5 seconds. Looking back, it was a very popular engine during the 60's and 70's.

Several modifications had to be made for the car to accommodate the new V-12 engine. This included widening of the engine subframes along with a wider track. Also needed was a larger fuel tank and more powerful disc brakes. The engine itself weighed 680 lbs.

1972 Jaguar Type-E V-12 Specifications

As mentioned above, the automobile was built with a 5.3 liter V-12 engine. The engine had Quad 1.75-inch Stromberg carburetors.

Transmission was a four speed manual. It's noted that beginning in 1966, the 2+2 coupe models offered an automatic transmission.

Suspension was four wheel independent.

Brakes were four wheel servo assisted disc.

Dimensions for the 1972 Jaguar V-12 include a 104.7 inch wheelbase, an overall outside length of 184.4 inches, a width of 67.0 inches and a weight of 3,380 lbs.

The Jaguar XKE body was partially unitized...each panel functions both for appearance and support. E-Type construction utilized a multi-tube front end bolted to a steel bodyshell.

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72 Jaguar XKE dashboard

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Jaguar E-Type III Collector Cars

The first thing to recognize is that the right hand drives Jaguar E-Types are much rarer than the left hand drives. The reason was simply that about 85% of the cars were exported. There is no question that these E-Type Jaguars have great lines and are head turners. These sports cars are obviously popular with collectors and most models come with a strong price tag.

jaguar e type v-12The Jaguar XKE Series III sports cars are known for their great styling and an all business cockpit plus excellent acceleration. Downsides might include a reputation of mechanical unreliability, expensive to repair plus gas guzzling. If one can afford some of the prices asked for these fine sports cars and drives it sparingly, fuel efficiency really shouldn't be a factor.

As of this writing we see a 1972 Jaguar XKE Convertible Roadster V12 automatic, Series 3 with 58,000 miles and stated excellent condition with an asking price of $59,000. Also, a restored 1973 Jaguar XKE two door Roadster Convertible with a four speed manual transmission, 56,000 miles, with an asking price of $80,000. Another is a 1974 XKE Convertible V-12 with a four speed manual transmission and an asking price of $88,000.

Excellent reference material for the Jaguar E-Type sports cars includes...Jaguar E-Type: The Definitive History 2nd Revised edition Edition by author Philip Porter. Also, Jaguar E-Type: The Complete Story by author Jonathan Wood and Jaguar E-Type: The Essential Buyer's Guide by Peter Crespin.

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1957 Jaguar XK-140 and MC Peformance Package


The automobile featured in this article is a 1957 Jaguar XK-140 MC model. These cars were produced between 1954 and 1957 and were the successor to Jaguar's XK-120. The popular XK-120 was not an easy car to replace. The Jaguar XK-120 had some impressiverace victories.

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1957 Jaguar XK-140 MC

If you first looked at the two models side by side you would think they are similar in design. Both had those graceful flowing lines. When you looked closer you would see that the Jaguar XK-140 used the same chassis as the XK-120 but with several upgrades both interior and exterior.

The Jaguar XK-140

Jaguar based the XK-140 on what they claimed was the knowledge gleaned from their extensive racing endeavors. A brochure for the XK-140 stated... “All the accumulated wealth of knowledge and experience gained in the hard school of racing have been built into the new XK 140 models which are powered by the famous 3½ litre twin overhead camshaft XK engine.”

Upgrades to the body included a new cast aluminum grill with fewer slats and an integrated Jaguar badge. Front turn signals were placed on top of the fenders and the amber driving lights were placed just above the bumpers. The rear trunk lid had a new chrome accent and badges that had..... “Winner Le Mans 1951–3.”

More interior room meant that the engine, firewall and dashboard were moved three inches forward. The battery was placed on the inside of the driver's side fender. This all meant that the 57 Jaguar had more leg room and more space for occasional seats.

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Good front view of the 57 Jaguar

Options for the new Jaguar XK140 included wire wheels, a Laycock de Normanville overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic transmission for the Hardtop Coupe and Drophead Coupe. In addition to these two bodies, Jaguar in 1957 of course also offered it's Roadster.

One big difference that the Jaguar XK-140 had over the XK-120 was rack and pinion steering which greatly aided handling.

Color options for the XK-140 were many. These included Black, Birch Grey, Pastel Green, Pearl Grey, Pacific Blue, British Racing Green, Dove Grey, Suede Green, Red, Lavender Grey, Battleship Grey, Cream, Pastel Blue and Maroon. This was a pretty good selection.

Optional MC Performance Package

An optional MC performance package used the C-Type's competition cylinder head with 2-inch H8 carburetors to deliver 210 horsepower. Upgrades for this performance package  also included twin exhausts, a high-speed crankshaft damper, adjustable fog lamps and windscreen washer jets and overdrive. In the UK this performance package was designated "SE" The MC option cost an additional $295.

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Three references for this article and excellent books you may enjoy include.....Jaguar Sports Cars (A Foulis motoring book) by author Paul Skilleter.....Jaguar XK120,XK140,XK150 Sports Cars by Karl Ludvigsen and Original Jaguar XK: The Restorer's Guide by author Philip Porter.

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Rear view of the 57 XK-140 MC

1957 Jaguar XK140 Specifications

The standard engine on the 57 Jaguar XK-140 was a 210 cubic inch Inline Six Cylinder with two valves per cylinder. The standard trim engine delivered 190 horsepower which was the same as the XK-120's. As mentioned above, the MC performance package on the 1957 models boosted horsepower to 210.

Transmission was a four speed manual. Optional was a Borg Warner automatic for the Drophead Coupe and Hardtop Coupe. The automatic transmission was first offered on the 1956 Jaguar sports cars.

The new car price for this model Jaguar averaged $4,000.

Total Jaguar production for the 1957 model year was 3,800 vehicles. A total of over 8,800 XK-140 models were built over it's entire production run.

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Dashboard on the 57 Jaguar XK-140

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1957 Jaguar XK-140 MC Values

Jaguars have been and still are very popular collector cars. The models from the 1950's are some of the most sought after. The models with the MC performance package such as the 1957 Jaguar featured here is particularly popular with collectors. To be sure, the Jaguar XK-120 was a fantastically successful sports car and firmly established Jaguar as a leader in sports car manufacturing. With that being said, many might say that the XK-140 models however are a bit more user friendly.

As of this writing, the 57 jaguar XK-140 MC has an average auction sales price of about $65,000. Models have been available in the $20,000 range and also have sold above $100,000. Roadsters will generally be the higher cost model with prices above $70,000.

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A Rare 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S Roadster

The 1958 Jaguar XK-150 S Roadster is a rare car and it's a milestone car as well. The XK 150 S is lauded worldwide as an extraordinary and most desirable piece for any world class collection. The quality of manufacturing and engineering technology is extraordinary.

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1958 Jaguar XK 150 S

Following the XK 140 and the XK 120

The XK 140 came out as Jaguars top car in 1954. When production ended in 1957 there were a total of 8,884 produced. The XK 140 had a lot expected from it being the replacement for the hugely popular Jaguar XK 120. This was years after the popular Jaguar  XK 120  came out back in 1948 at the London Auto Show.

The XK 120 Roadster was the first sports car from Jaguar since 1940 and the car had an impressive record in competition finishing at or near the top in over one dozen events. In fact, the Jaguar XK 120 was so well accepted, the company had to make provisions for larger scale production beginning in 1950.

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Dashboard and interior of Jaguar XK 150

The Jaguar XK 150

The Jaguar XK 150 model was a revision of the XK 120 and XK 140 models. Essentially, the XK 150 was the beneficiary from the development and innovations of the two earlier XK models going back to 1948.

The basic XK chassis was kept on the XK 150.. The XK 120/140 bodyshell was restyled with high flow through fender lines, a curved one piece windshield and a wider grille. The one piece windshield was very popular at that time. Interior changes included  replacing the walnut veneer on the dashboard and door cappings with padded leather trim.

There were three different models of the Jaguar XK 150. These were the Jaguar Roadster, the Drophead Coupe and the Fixed Head Coupe. The latter two models came out in 1957 and the Roadster in 1958.

The automobile featured in this article is probably the fiercest of all the XK's. This is the Jaguar XK 150 S Roadster. The car had a more higher tuned twincam engine. The engine also had different cylinder heads and three two-inch SU carburetors. The top speed of the XK 150 S was rated at 135 MPH. The Jaguar XK 150 S was only available with a manual transmission.

1958 Jaguar XK 150 S Specifications

The 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S was built with a 210 cubic inch Inline six cylinder engine with a rated horsepower of 250. The "S" engine had three two-inch SU carburetors.  In 1959 the engine would change to a 231 cubic inch Inline six delivering 265 horsepower. While the "S" model featured in this article delivered 250 horses, the Standard model was rated at 190 horsepower.

As mentioned above, the transmission with the S models were four speed manuals with an overdrive option.. The Standard XK 150's had three speed automatic Borg Warner transmissions available.

Brakes were four wheel Dunlop disc. This was a significant change from the XK 140's four wheel drums. Wire wheels were an option on the Jaguar XK 150's.

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The 1958 Jaguar Roadster

Front suspension was Independent by torsion bar & wishbone, anti-roll bar. Rear suspension was a live axle leaf spring.

Dimensions of the Jaguar XK 150 included a wheelbase of 102.0 inches, an overall outside length of 177.0 inches and a width of 64.5 inches.

Total Jaguar XK 150 production was 9,398 vehicles. There were 1,466 XK 150 S models built. and less than 1,000 were Open Two Seaters.

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A very good book regarding all of the XK models from 1948 to 1960 is... Jaguar XK120 XK140 XK150: Gold Portfolio 1948-1960 by author R.M. Clarke. Another book of interest is ...Original Jaguar Xk: The Restorers Guide to Jaguar Xk120, Xk140 and Xk150 by author Phillip Porter and photographer Tim Andrew.

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Rear view of the XK 150 S

The Rare Jaguar XK 150 Collector Car

All Jaguar XK models are popular collector cars and they haven't changed hands cheaply. The Jaguar Roadster is especially popular. The asking and selling prices below reflect mint condition vehicles and are as of this writing.

Several XK 120's have sold in a range between $100,000 and $180,000. An XK 120 Special  Equipment Roadster sold for a quarter of a million dollars.

We have seen XK 140 models with selling prices from $80,000 to the low $100,000 range. Some models have asking prices around $150,000.

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Another view of the XK 150 S dashboard and steering wheel

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In general the Jaguar XK 150 models have had asking prices in the $50,000 to $100,000 range depending on the particular model. Originality is key to price. You'll most likely find the Roadsters priced the highest and of course the "S" models. The Jaguar XK 150 is admired worldwide as an extraordinary and desirable piece for collectors and for touring.

Jaguar parts are not difficult to find. The Jaguar collector will also find several businesses listed on the internet that specialize in Jaguar parts covering all three XK models, the 120, 140 and 150.

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