LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1972 Jaguar XKE Convertible
The outgoing Series II XKE 2+2 provided the blueprint for the Series III. Corporate patriarch Sir William Lyons’ cost-cutting mandated the continued use of 4.2-liter E-type bonnets. This challenged engineers to make the V12 fit in very limited space. So designers widened the hidden tubular front subframe by about four inches. The heart of the Series III is its 5.3-liter (326-ci) V12 of 60-degree design and three-plane crankshaft producing 250 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with 288 ft-lb of torque in U.S.-spec cars. The Series III car was 578 pounds heavier than the 1961 roadster, but the V12’s power delivery provided similar performance compared to the original heralded 6-cylinder engine. Most were ordered with a 4-speed manual transmission but, there was also an optional proven Borg-Warner 3-speed automatic coupled to a 3.31:1 rear ratio.
This beautiful 1972 Jaguar E-type Series III V12 roadster completed production at the Browns Lane Coventry factory on September 7th, 1972 and was then dispatched on September 26th, 1972, to British Leyland Motors Inc. of New York. According to the British Heritage Certificate, this ’72 E-type roadster left the factory in Silver over Red leather interior and was mated to V12 engine which was matched to the optional automatic transmission.
The original owner Marshall G. Kaplan picked up this stunning XKE Roadster from Foreign Cars Of Northeast Inc. in Northport, NY on 12/1/1972. After purchasing his new e-type roadster, he took it home from the dealer without registering it in his name which was common during the time. Shortly after that, the dealer ended up closing leaving Mr. Kaplan without the necessary paperwork needed to register his roadster. After getting frustrated, he then hired an attorney to try and obtain an MSO from Jaguar all while the car was still sitting in his garage with no mileage on the odometer. Since the legal process took a couple years, he ended up buying another E-type roadster while waiting and drove it regularly. A few years went by and his legal actions were successful in obtaining the original MSO allowing him to finally register the car. Since he now had two cars, we decided to preserve this one and keep the mileage as low as possible.
Today the car presents in amazing original condition having only traveled a mere 2,675 miles from new. It still wears its original factory applied Silver paint and original red leather interior which are in outstanding original condition. Under the hood looks like came it off the assembly line with its original inspection markings still visible. Currently we are not aware of another example in better original condition!
Documenting this original XKE are original owners manual, heritage certificate, loan agreement, registration paperwork and much more! This is an amazing opportunity to own one of the lowest mileage, most original Series III XKE’s in the world!