Always innovating new technologies to stay current in the marketplace, the 1971 model-year would bring about a wealth of changes to the Jaguar E Type, particularly the launch of the new Series 3 cars. Boasting a new 5.3L twelve-cylinder engine, the 1971 Jaguar E Type 2+2 Coupe and OTS models would also feature upgraded brakes to handle this new power and standard power steering to help owners keep control of such a powerful machine. Also noticeably different was the absence of the shorter wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe. Jaguar decided to focus solely on the 2+2 Coupe and the Open Two Seater, as they both used the same longer wheelbase and would save greatly on production costs. On the exterior of the car, the Jaguar E Type would see a change to a much larger cross-slatted front grille and would now feature considerably flared wheel arches. Of course a new badge signifying the V12 engine was also added on the rear. The changes did not stop there, however. Inside the cabin new reclining seats, new door panels, a revised steering wheel and a new plastic center console made the ride even more enjoyable for both passenger and driver.
The Series 3 release of the Jaguar E Type would be one of the largest in the lifespan of the E Type, with more than 15,000 units manufactured between 1971 and 1975. Included in this number are approximately 7,297 examples of the 2+2 Coupe. This is good news to today’s classic car collectors and Jaguar enthusiasts, as the search for a good condition model should not be too difficult. One of the most important Buyer’s Tips for the 1971 Jaguar E Type 2+2 Coupe, however, is to take your time to find the best example you can for your budget. It will also behoove you to find the model with the most factory options, as they can increase the value of the classic. Some of the options available during this time include: chrome wire or enamel wheels, white wall tires, three-speed automatic transmissions, electrically heated rear glass on the Coupe, various radio configurations, and the detachable hardtop on the OTS. Always schedule a pre-purchase inspection and be sure to check the car thoroughly for rust damage as rust protection measure were just rolling out during this era.
These are just some of the Buyer’s Tips that the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club has learned over their years of buying and selling classic Jaguars. When you’re ready to learn more or would like to explore the 1971 Jaguar E Type 2+2 Coupe models currently available in their inventory, do not hesitate to contact them. They look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to earn your business and trust. Connect today!
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