Rust free 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 OTS convertible roadster
Mild custom with 427 Short Block Chevrolet crate engine and T10 4 speed manual.
This roadster is from Southern California, imported to Canada in 2003 with mileage of 31, 298. Kept warm and dry
since and the mileage today is 37, 575
Straight and rust free. The body and paint are in good condition with some imperfections.
Robbins soft top was installed in 2004 and is in good overall condition with exception to one noticeable nick in
it. Interior and lower console need refurbishment work.
This roadster had a 350 Chev in it when purchased by the previous owner and the original engine and transmission
were not available. The previous owner spent significant time, money, and effort completing a 427 SBC transplant.
This crate engine comes complete with Dart block, custom crank, rods and pistons, CNC port matched edelbrock intake
and aluminium heads, and custom 1 3/4" headers. The previous owner stated that no cutting welding or drilling was
done in the process – I can’t be sure so I’ll let the pictures do the talking. Brand new clutch hydraulic
More recently an inspection was completed with request to provide a detailed list of items to address, and the
following items were listed:
Engine tune up
Incorrect wiper blades
Hood safety latch needs adjusting
Heater fan not working
Window washer not working
High beam, parking, and hazard lights not working
Fuel return line not working (currently operating as returnless), and leak detected at line coupling
One horn working, and the other not working
LH header close to P/S fitting
Oil leak L/R engine
Engine/trans/and exhaust mounts require isolation
Ball joint + bushings all around
Rad fan not functioning. Thermo switch not currently connected
Replace brake flex hoses and fix brake and fuel lines to body
Although drive-able, this Jaguar needs some attention to get it over the finish line.
The direction I was planning on was in Jaguar purist fashion to fit the period correct series 1 V12 and Borg Warner
auto which can be sourced cost effectively from an early XJ12 or alternatively a donor S3 E-type 2+2, and funded
partially by selling existing engine and transmission. As the story goes, with family commitments time is the
hardest thing to come by. The decision is to move on prior to getting in too deep and the next owner can decide
which direction to take this Jaguar. That said I would like another classic I can deal with local mechanics to
maintain. Got any interesting trades along the lines of air cooled Porsche 911, 928 GTS, Mercedes, Aston, Sunbeam
Tiger, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati, Ferrari 308 328 Testarossa?
E-Type Series 1's seems to be skyrocketing in value with roadsters being the most collectible. Series 2 and 3
E-Types are following suit. So what you have here is an affordable opportunity to purchase an E-Type OTS to which
your effort is worthwhile.