The 1971 model-year would mark the end of the Series II Jaguar XKE models and the start of the Series III. A new 5.3L twelve-cylinder engine would also be introduced to replace the 4.2L that had been used in the Series 1 and Series II models. This would also mark the end of the 1971 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe in the short wheelbase form, as the Fixed Head Coupe would now only be offered as a 2+2 model. In total, approximately 7,297 of the Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 examples would be made during Series III production, which would last until 1974. The Jaguar XKE FHC 2+2 Series III cars are easily identifiable by the large cross-slatted front grille and the new, more flared wheel arches. Of course, a badge on the rear of the car indicating the Jaguar’s V12 engine also signifies the car is part of Series III. Bigger, vented brakes were added to help slow this powerful sports car, while power steering would now become standard. Additional options to look for when searching for a 1971 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe include automatic transmission, leather interior and air conditioning.
What makes the 1971 Jaguar XKE Fixed Head Coupe on the 2+2 chassis special is the fact that during this time, only Ferrari and Lamborghini were offering 12-cylinder production cars. By upgrading the XKE to a V12, Jaguar would not only keep up with rivals like the Chevy Corvette and the Porsche 911, it would pass them. Claude Baily, a long time member of the XK design crew, would be credited for developing Jaguar’s first twelve-cylinder engine. Although the new motor was only three inches longer than the 4.2L that it replaced, it was significantly wider. Two pairs of Zenith carburetors would help the car produce more than 272hp and reach 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds. Like all big-engine cars sold during the 1970s, sales would go down as gas prices went up. Today, the classic Jaguar XKE is one of the most popular European classic cars in the market. While Series I Jaguar XKE models tend to fetch the highest price tags, the Series III Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 models are a more affordable entry into owning an XKE.
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