V12 E-Type Barn Find In New Jersey


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This 1974 Jaguar E-Type V12 coupe is in Bayonne, New Jersey, but is being advertised here on eBay UK as I’m guessing the seller feels the market is stronger in the car’s homeland. Given the recent devaluation of the pound versus the dollar, I think they may be mistaken, and it wouldn’t surprise me if a US buyer ends up with this car. While the buy it now is 13,000 pounds ($17,338 as I write), I suspect a lower offer would take this one home, and you might well end up with a bargain.


The seller calls this car largely complete except for the front bumper. I’m not 100% sure that’s all that is missing, but most of the car does look there. It also doesn’t look as rusty as you might expect.


The seller was kind enough to give us undercar looks, and I’ll tell you, they don’t look bad. Like some British cars I’ve owned, it appears to have benefited from the factory ongoing rust proofing system (F.O.R.P.S, otherwise known as oil leakage!) and looks very solid.


Who says a sporty car can’t be practical. Just look at that hatchback!


The inside looks perfectly usable, although the 33,000 mile claim made by the seller I think may be stretching it a little. It doesn’t look like 133,000, though, so I’m guessing a faulty odometer or cable. It’s unusual to see a project E-Type with this solid a body shell. Unfortunately for me, you also see the automatic shifter in the center, although I do think the automatic works better with the V12 than it did with the earlier XK engines. I would still prefer a manual, though.


And here is that V12. The seller gives us nothing to go on as far as engine condition goes, not even if it will turn over. The 5.3 liter unit produced 241 horsepower and 285 foot-pounds of the most turbine smooth torque a piston engine has ever made. Even with the four Stromberg CD175 carburetors rather than the fuel injection fitted to some XJS cars, it’s a wonderful powerplant. I hope someone picks this one up and restores it to it’s former glory! Let us know if it’s you!

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  1. nessy

    It’s not a 74. The last coupe body style was for 73. All final year 74s were roadsters. I always liked the coupe better than the roadster.

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  2. cj32769

    Harold and Maude!

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    • Ross W. Lovell

      Greetings All,

      The Harold and Maude car was a Series One with a Datsun 510 wagon roof grafted on to complete the look.

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  3. duke

    its NOT a v-12….its a double 6

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  4. JB

    Just drop an ls3 in there with a GM transmission…

    That v12 and transmission are toast.

    The XKE coupe was always a stunning beauty. My dad had a v12 XKE back in the day. He only kept it for six months as it was no where near as reliable as his 3 previous Alfas

    Thanks for posting this up as it brings back old memories.


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