The 1971 Jaguar XKE was the beginning of Series 3 in the long-running Jaguar XKE line of sports cars. This release also marked the launch of the 5.3-litre, twelve-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine, updated braking systems, and standard power steering. The changes did not stop there. In 1971, Jaguar stopped producing the short wheelbase Fixed Head Coupe and focused solely on the convertible and 2+2 coupe, both of which used the longer-wheelbase 2+2 floor plan. Visually, the most notable difference that can distinguish the 1971 Jaguar XKE from its predecessors is the use of the large cross-slatted front grill, flared wheel arches, and the badge on the rear signifying the V12 engine. Inside, the Ultimate Cat as Jaguar would call it, offered new reclining seats, a plastic center console, new door panels, and a revised steering wheel, which replaced the wood rim steering wheel of the past. Both models were now available with automatic transmission the first time this had been offered on the Roadster model.
From 1971 to 1975, approximately 15,287 Series 3 XKE models would be built – 7,990 Roadster models and 7,297 Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 models. If youre considering the purchase of a 1971 Jaguar XKE, with these types of numbers, you should be able to find the car you desire, whether a restoration project or mint-condition example. Of course, a car with some of the more rare options will hold its value better than one without. Some of the optional equipment offered with the 1971 Jaguar includes: stove enamel and chrome wire wheels, various radio configurations, white wall tires, three-speed automatic transmission, electrically heated class on the rear window for coupes, and a detachable hardtop for the roadster model. When searching for your Jaguar XKE, the team at The Beverly Hills Car Club encourages looking for these types of additions, which add value. Furthermore, one of the biggest Buyers Tips they can offer is to fully inspect the car for rust, as the Jaguar XKE is prone to rust problems.
When youre ready to explore the 1971 Jaguar XKE options currently available to you, connect with the California classic car dealership professionals at The Beverly Hills Car Club. Their experts will be happy to assist you and to answer any of your questions. They look forward to hearing from you and to seeing the car of your desires in your garage soon!
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