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The 1971 production year for Jaguar brought about many changes that were widely anticipated by buyers at the time. The 1971 Jaguar E Type marked the official launch of the Series 3 cars, as well as the launch of the new 5.3L, twelve-cylinder Jaguar engine. Upgraded brakes were necessary due to the power increase, and power steering, which was previously a factory option, now became standard. During this time, Jaguar also made a lineup change and stopped producing the short wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe. Instead, the brand would focus on the convertible and the 2+2 coupe, both of which used the longer wheelbase 2+2 floor plan. This would save greatly on production costs. Aesthetically, the 1971 Jaguar received a new and much larger cross-slatted front grille, noticeably flared wheel arches, and a badge on the rear signifying the V12 engine. Drivers and passengers also received some noted upgrades inside the car, including new reclining seats, new door panels, a revised steering wheel to replace the wood rim steering wheel, and a new plastic center console. If that wasn’t enough, Jaguar also made both models available in an automatic transmission. This was the first time an automatic transmission had been offered on the Roadster model.
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One of the largest releases throughout the Jaguar E Type production, more than 15,000 Series 3 E Types would be manufactured between 1971 and 1975. Of these, approximately 7,990 were Roadster models and 7,297 were Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 models. With a wide variety of Series 3 Jaguars still available, setting yourself apart by finding a car that has extra options can be a great way to add value. Some of the options that were available for the 1971 Jaguar E Type included: enamel or chrome wire wheels, various radio configurations, white wall tires, three-speed automatic transmission, electrically heated glass on the rear window in the Coupes, and a detachable hardtop for the Roadster. In addition to looking for an E Type with these options, potential buyers should always consider the mechanical soundness and road-worthiness of the auto – particularly if this car will be used as an occasional driver. If you’re looking for a quality E Type to restore, things like rust and body damage should be most important to you, as mechanical items can easily be purchased. These are just a few of the Buyer’s Tips that The Beverly Hills Car Club recommends as you begin your search for the perfect 1971 E Type.
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