Rides from the Readers: 1973 Jaguar E-Type Roadster
Today's car is a 1973 Series III E-Type Roadster. The third and final series of Jaguar's lithe sports cars, the 1971–74 cars came exclusively with a 272-hp, 5.3-liter V-12 that, thanks to its aluminum construction, actually weighed less than the time-honored XK six-cylinder version. Jaguar chose to drop the two-seat coupe for these model years, offering only 2+2 coupe and roadster models that shared the same wheelbase. Series Three cars are most easily recognizable by the enlarged oval grille, which added vertical hatches for a flashy, slightly toothier appearance. Of course, that V-12 is a pretty good aural cue.