Restored '70s British classic gets 6.1-liter V12 and many more bespoke upgrades.
Any Jaguar E-Type aficionado worth their salt knows that the earlier 3.8 and 4.2-liter straight-six models have long enjoyed the majority of attention from collectors and enthusiasts over the years compared to the Series 3 V12 variants. These later cars were an altogether softer offering, their smooth power delivery was undeniable, but most came fitted with power-sapping automatic transmissions which made them perform more like a long-legged GT rather than a responsive sports car. One customer decided that he wanted the best of both worlds and commissioned British specialists E-Type UK to create him a custom Series 3 like no other.
The original carb-fed 5.3-litre V12 fitted to the Series 3 reputedly produced around 250 hp, which is not all that impressive nowadays, and a fair number of these horses would undoubtedly have escaped in the 44 years since it left the production line. To rectify matters, the team added their bespoke downdraft fuel-injection system and upgraded the ECU and throttle bodies too. A capacity increase to 6.1-liters helped contribute to the dyno-tested 284 hp at the wheels while the custom-made velocity stacks and 12-branch exhaust system added the necessary aural accompaniment. The brakes, steering rack and suspension were also comprehensively upgraded. This V12 E-Type is fitted with an aluminum 5-speed manual transmission with gearing to take advantage of the upgraded powerplant.
The interior has not been forgotten either and aside from the beautifully finished leather, Alcantara headlining and improved air-conditioning system, this restomod also has a number of modern touches. Examples include LED ambient lighting, engine start button, and a surround sound audio system with integrated Bluetooth functionality. It is undoubtedly one of the most comprehensively restored and upgraded Series 3s around and yet it tastefully adds modern conveniences and performance while retaining the stunning looks of the original car. This may be a bespoke one-off build incorporating one man’s vision but we can’t think of one thing we would do differently if we were ever fortunate enough to commission our own E-Type Restomod. Pricing for this build was not announced. But if you have to ask, then probably couldn't afford one.