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2004-02-16 11:06:31  |  Lofty writes:

Ebay item 2/16/04
Opening bid $9,999.00 (Reserve not met), no bids yet, 9 days left in auction. 47k miles on the odo.

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1973 Jaguar E-type Series III, 5.3 litre V-12, 2+2 coupe, automatic transmission, factory A/C, wire wheels, power steering, power brakes, AM-FM cassette, silver exterior, black interior with leather seat surfaces. I purchased the car in 1984 from the original owner, my next-door neighbor. The mileage is correct and the majority of it has been from daily driving by my wife. The car is a DRIVER (not a 100-point show or museum car) but is in EXCELLENT mechanical, structural and cosmetic condition.


This Jaguar was built in June 1973, one of the last XKE coupes made. It sat unsold at Imperial Motors, a Mercedes / Jaguar dealer in Wilmette, Illinois, until early 1974 when purchased by Ernest Fumasoli, a recently widowed and retired banker. “Ernie” bought the Jag on advice from his doctor, a sort of prescription to help him get over the loss of his wife. Ernie took his 280 SEL back to Imperial to trade it on something sporty, and the salesman showed him this car.

As a lifelong car buff, Ernie fell in love with the Jag and began a new life with it. He moved to a condo in Coral Gables, Florida, and stored the car in a garage there. It was driven once a week, usually with Ernie being chauffeured by his middle-aged girlfriend. I moved next door to Ernie in 1983 and got to know both him and the Jag. I bought it from him a year later. It was my “wedding getaway” car in 1986 and a few years later it regularly carried a pair of toddlers in the back seat. This Jag has always been carefully maintained and has given good service in return. My reason for selling now is that my two sons are too big to fit in the back seat and we have other 4-wheeled toys to tinker with. But all in this family will miss our fine four-fendered friend

Vehicle Condition


Oil changed every 3000 miles or every year since new. Prior to 1985 only hoses & belts, and a heater valve were replaced. Starting in 1985 I have carried out all scheduled preventative maintenance as stipulated in the Jaguar manual, and replaced various components as a precaution mainly due to age. The only items to ever actually fail were the fuel pump, a brake line (punctured by a stone) and a wheel bearing. Because the factory silver paint finish wasn’t the best quality, the car was given a bare metal respray (10 coats of lacquer paint over primer after all the original paint was removed) in 1989-90. At that time all the window seals and all other rubber gaskets & trim were replaced. Recently a completely new Bartlett interior has been installed. So the interior not only looks like new but the leather is once more soft to the touch.

Over the years the mechanical items replaced (again, as a precaution) include the: water pump, radiator core, thermostats, alternator, starter, door locks, brake & steering hoses, shocks, fan motors, distributor vacuum actuator and some relays. I have saved some of these old parts and you may have them with the car if you wish.

Some other parts have been rebuilt such as the brake cylinders, power steering rack, fuel tank (lined with plastic), carburetors (several times), all because of age, not wear.

The body is solid. The car was rustproofed twice when new and this has helped save it. Corrosion is limited to minor scale on engine compartment frame tubes, tiny cracks at panel edges and some very small blisters on the driver’s door that aren’t growing.

Engine compression, oil consumption (nil), valve clearances and other engine diagnostic information all confirm this V-12 is in superb condition. Fluid seepage is minimal for a Jaguar.


I value originality highly. But the Series III had some design flaws or features that weren’t worth saving. Changes, to improve reliability or make the Jag more practical for everyday use, include:

n Replacement of Lucas Opus electronic ignition with an Allison optical ignition system. This has been trouble free and isn’t temperature sensitive.

n Removal of front mufflers so straight pipes run back to a stainless steel resonator and tailpipes. No more grounding the mufflers on speed-bumps. The noise level is slightly higher but so is performance.

n All 1973 emission controls are long gone. The engine runs clean, and passes routine emission standards without the controls.

n Replacement of standard air cleaners with smaller ones for better engine access..

n Nardi steering wheel installed. The original wheel is available if desired.

n AM-FM tape player installed. The original British-Leyland radio is available if desired.

n Conversion of A/C system to R134 freon. Blows cold!

n Pathetic “fresh-air ventilation” system is plugged. The interior now stays much cooler.

n Jenson speakers in place of original ones. No change in appearance.

n Original under-nose air scoop removed. This had been constantly grounding on parking stops and curbs.

n Replacement of original white vinyl headliner with gray velvet. Much better quality and appearance.

n Replacement of seat belts due to age of originals, utilizing three-point attachments in rear seating area.

Currently the car rides on Michelin Pilot radials. They are a year old and have only about 200 miles of use. The car starts at the first turn of the key and is ready to drive away.


If you haven’t driven an E-type V-12 before, your first impression will be of its’ distinctly ‘British’ and vintage feel. This was noted by Road & Track in its 1972 road test report. In fact the design of this Jag has its roots in the D-type racing cars of the 1950s. However, the V-12 engine – also race derived -- is one of the smoothest and most tractable on the road, and it makes this car a blast to drive.

Handling, even by modern standards, is very good -- despite the relatively narrow 65-series tires. Braking is excellent, and acceleration is terrific. This car is always the first away from a stoplight, and the engine is still only loafing. Merging onto a highway is a chance to “let ‘er go” that you will likely look forward to. The exhaust sound is like a muscle car at idle but like a high-revving racecar in acceleration above 3000rpm. Fuel mileage is terrible (typical for an E-type V-12) but the 1973 model was designed to run on regular unleaded fuel and that at least saves some money.

The ride quality is soft (compared to the 6-cylinder XKE) but well controlled. The body panels rattle on rough roads, another typical trait R&T noted in its road tests. Unlike most cars today, the Series III V-12 never lets you forget you are driving a machine. The sensory feedback, as well as the power, keeps you stimulated. With the windows up and the A/C on, the cockpit is comfortable and reasonably quiet. The car suits long-legged or short people, but not wide ones. Only small children are comfortable in the back. Getting in and out of the car requires flexibility from all concerned.

Included with the Jag will be its original owners manual, factory workshop manual, parts manual, other maintenance manuals, Jaguar books and other interesting literature.

This Jag has character, and a sympathetic owner needs to treat it as he would a pet.

2004-02-16 17:59:50  |  Steven D. writes:

Added additional numbers from the data plate as per info received from the current owner/seller.

2004-02-24 12:18:01  |  Steven D. writes:

With 1 day and 10 hours to go this car has had 20 bids to a price of US $16,100.00 (Reserve met)

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