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Jay Leno shows custom V12 Jaguar E-Type XK-E [video]

Series I looks with Series III engine

A custom Jaguar E-Type is the star of one of Jay Leno's Garage episodes, featuring a blend between the S I and S III models.

Jay Leno is showcasing a heavily modified Jaguar E-Type which borrows some of the looks of the Series I but keeps the V12 engine of the S III. The back of the car and wheelbase are from the S I, while the headlights were also modified to look like those fitted to the Series I. The front fascia has remained pretty much the same as the one on the Series III.

Many people consider the Jaguar E-Type Series I as the most beautiful car ever made. It was available at first with a 3.8-liter and then with a 4.2-liter straight-six engine, while the Series II was available only with the latter. The Series III came out in 1971 with a V12 5.3-liter engine, power steering and better brakes. It was sold as a 2+2 coupe and convertible.

Although the Series III was probably the best car overall, the Series I looked better and was more fun to drive.

The V12 engine of this custom XK-E was tested on the dyno and pushed 375 hp (280 kW). Power is sent to rear wheels through a 5-speed gearbox, while stopping the car are disc brakes on all four corners.

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TomasramonCorrea
I wish I could spend some time inside that Garage. Oh!, the advantage of being ultrarich.
Jan 18, 2013 12:23 pm
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sensei
Latest episode? The Jag is from 2009. Seriously, WTF kind of reporting is this???? http://www.jaylenosgarage.com/video/jaguar-xk-e/1088821/
Jan 17, 2013 10:24 pm
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hamsandwich
Who cares when it came out! Stuff like this is timeless.
Jan 18, 2013 8:00 am
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sensei
No one cares when it came out. We care about accurate reporting. You don't and that is fine. However, some people actually have standards.
Jan 18, 2013 9:12 pm
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hamsandwich
Loosen up Francis! Life is too short...
Feb 22, 2013 2:16 pm
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djcocum
That intake sound is awesome
Jan 17, 2013 6:40 pm
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norther
there is only one problem with these old jags. tall people look ...like jay, and me.... look ridiculous in them. sitting with your head higher than the windshield :). ow, and i would definetley go for those multispoke 60s wheels. why choose these other ones jay?
Jan 17, 2013 12:24 pm
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RobERob
Jay is so awesome. His collection is the evny of men everywhere. And Jags back then were simply gorgeous. Sorta sad to see what they've become today, especially looking back. The series lll model, IMHO, was the end of an era for Jaguar.
Jan 17, 2013 10:25 am
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