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Jaguar Toe E Series 3 Roadster - 1971-1975
Jaguar revved up a lot of controversy when it decided to produce a twelve-cylinder engine for a new series that included both a 2+2 convertible coupe and a roadster with a removable hard top. A jag with electronic ignition and four carburetors seemed almost sacrilegious to long-time fans. The more they drove the silent, smooth-pulling type es, though, the more they began to enjoy their quiet and delicious sins.
Top speed of 145 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Single-overhead-cam vi2
displacement 5.34 l power rating 272 hp
transmission 4-speed manual; Optional 3-speed
automatic chassis: 3,212 lbs.
Worth its weight
the contrast with the magnificent old twin-cam six-cylinder jags couldnt have been more striking. The single-overhead-cam vi2 that bill heynes and claude baily designed in the seventies after almost a decade of experimenting was based on modern design techniques that allowed them to reduce the weight. In a concession to the american market, however, the type e was classified as a roadster, because the word carried a distinctly british ring.
bark and bite
looking like a dachshund and performing like a greyhound, the type e quickly won over jags perennial audience and earned new fans. An old
dog with a new trick, it proved that twelve cylinders could be as popular as a puppy.
Only 7,990 versions of the series 3 roadster were ever built:
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