Final-E: Top Down in One of the Last Jaguar E-types [Video]
When it comes to theJaguar E-type/XK-Egenealogy, the final evolution (a.k.a.Series 3, built from 1971 to ’74) is widely regarded as the redheaded stepchild. Sure, it has the big honkin’5.3L V12under that monumental hood, but it was also the most watered-down of the bunch, mostly thanks to U.S. government regulations. As a result, purists tend to gravitate toward theSeries 1andSeries 2.
David Paddison, however, doesn’t care about any of that. As he explains in this video, a neighbor had a Series 3 Coupe when David was growing up, and when an acquaintance was selling this ’74 Roadster – supposedly the 60th-to-last built – he had to make it is. So whileJagsnobs might look down their noses at this pudgy, rubber-bumpered ragtop from the iconic model’s farewell season, Mr. Paddison is too busy cruisingal frescoin the Georgia sunshine to care. Chew on that, haters.