In the early 1970’s, Jaguar gave its perennial E-Type a major makeover. While it might be hard to imagine the lusciously styled Jag ever needing a refresh, there was a lot of pressure on Jaguar to keep the car in compliance with ever stricter safety and emissions standards, and still keep it performing on par with the competition. For 1972, the heavily redesigned Series III E-Type was unveiled. It was longer, lower, wider and featured new styling that, while still clearly an E-type, was flatter and more modern than before. The biggest change lay under the long, forward hinged bonnet. The iconic 4.2 liter twin-cam inline-six “XK” engine was out, and in its place was a new, all-alloy, single overhead-cam V12 displacing 5.4 liters. The twelve breathed through a quartet of Stromberg carburetors, and put its copious torque to the ground through a choice of automatic or four-speed manual transmission. The chassis was essentially the same layout, though made wider, longer and stronger to accommodate the new drivetrain. Four wheel disc brakes provided excellent stopping power. The new E-type V12 was a softer car than its predecessor with a more generously sized cabin that was comfortable a
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