In March 1961, Jaguar introduced the 'E' type. Powered by the triple SU carbureted 3.8-liter six-cylinder, the E-Type is capable of 150 miles per hour. The clean lines and the high-tech specifications were a sensation - 'E'-Type steals the show at the Geneva Salon, 1961', as expressed by 'Autosport' magazine. In April 1961, Jaguar introduced the 'E' type in the USA. The announcement of the 'E' type was considered front page news by the magazines such as 'Car and Driver' and 'Road and Track.'
This automobile was built on June 06, 1963 and delivered to Waterloo, IA. The current owner began restoration in 1998 and over a four year period required 3000 plus hours.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York has two scale-models on permanent display in their design collections since 1964.
Sold for $120,000 at 2007 Bonhams. A complete restoration was performed on this car, stripping it down to the bare chassis, reusing all hardware wherever possible, and even using the original and salvageable bolts. The original chrome was stripped and re-plated. The restoration process was completed in May of 2007 and later that year was brought to the Bonhams Auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, held at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California. The restoration work was done to such high quality, it attracted a buyer willing to part with $120,000 plus premium and tax to own this magnificent 1963 Jaguar XKE 3.8-Liter Series I Roadster. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Sold for $161,000 at 2010 Bonhams. This Jaguar is a rebuild in the spirit of the Lightweight XKE's of the same period. It has an accurate lightweight monocoque and body from aluminum using period riveted panel joining techniques. The original reinforced Jaguar Lightweight front and rear subframes were exactly duplicated.
The engine has triple 45DCOE Webers on the 4.2-liter engine and delivers nearly 370 horsepower. There are stainless steel headers, a lightweight flywheel with dual disc Tilton clutch, high capacity water pump with Racemate alternator, Accusump pre-oiler, TX51 five-speed transmission and Salisbury limited slip differential.
In the spirit of the lightweights, this car has a wider rear track, which required new radius arms, control arms and half shaft spacers with adjustable HAL spring/shock units.
In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia auction presented by Bonhams. As bidding came to a close, it had been sold for the sum of $161,000 inclusive of buyer's premium. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010
High bid of $97,500 at 2012 RM Auctions. (did not sell) Jaguar produced just 2,023 open two-seat roadsters during 1963. This example was completed on January 28th of 1963 and is a left-hand drive example. It was dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York on February 7th of 1963 and its first owner was T.J. Mattoen of New York. In 2008, it received a complete rotisserie restoration by marque specialists. Since that time, it has traveled just 600 miles. The car is a numbers matching example which has been confirmed by its Jaguar Heritage Certificate. The car has its original tool roll with Metallifacture jack and new hammer, over $100,000 has been spent on the restoration, including an engine, transmission, rear end, and suspension rebuild. The car is finished in cream over red hides with contrasting black hood.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the St. Johns sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $125,000 to $150,000. Bidding reached $97,500 but was not enough to satisfy the vehicle's reserve. It would leave the auction unsold. By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Sold for $101,200 at 2015 Bonhams. This Jaguar XKE Open Two Seater has spent many of its recent years in long term storage in an Arizona garage. It was built on February 12th of 1963 and discharged from the factory at the end of the month. Upon completion, it was sent to the United States and imported through Jaguar Cars New York. It was originally finished in cream paint, with a red interior and black top. Later in the car's life, it made its way to California, before settling in Arizona. Since new, the car has been finished in sky blue metallic paint. It has a factory hard top, a 265 HP DOHC six-cylinder engine, a 4-speed manual transmission, and 4-wheel disc brakes. By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2015
Sold for $112,750 at 2015 Bonhams. Sold for $137,500 at 2016 RM Auctions. This is an original left-hand drive 'Series 1' XKE Roadster that was built on June 24, 1963 and finished in Opalescent Golden Sand with Light Tan upholstery and a Black convertible top. It was then dispatched to the United States on July 4, 1963 and purchased in New York by its first recorded owner, J.P. Small. From there, its ownership history is not known; in the 1990s it was acquired by a private collector and given a comprehensive high-level restoration that was completed around 1999, including a repaint in the current Primrose Yellow finish. After the owner passed away in 2009, ownership changed to an individual who later sold it to the current caretaker. By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015
The Jaguar E type, also known as the XK-E, brought style and performance together to create a mass-produced supercar. The road-going sports car was conceived in 1956 as a replacement for the D-type. In March of 1961 the E-Type was officially introduced to the world at the Geneva, Switzerland Motor show. It's design was created by an aerodynamic engineer named Malcolm Sayer. The front engine, rear-wheel drive vehicle featured a moncoque body and a tubular front chassis. The six-cylinder double-cam engine had three SU carburetors and produced 265 horsepower. The suspension was independent with disc brakes on all four wheels. It brought together the best or aerodynamics, coupled with the latest technology and propelled by a potent engine. The vehicle was not only fast, it offered excellent performance and handling. Some of the most common complaints it received were the cabin being too cramped and it suffered from poor ventilation.
The E-Type was a popular vehicle. It was fast, performed well, and was competitively priced. Due to the United States safety and emission regulations, some of the horsepower was lost. The headlamp covers were also removed prior to the close of the 1960's.
A 4.2-liter engine and synchromesh gearbox was introduced in 1964. In 1966, the 2+2 coupe was introduced and featured a longer wheelbase. The Series II cars were not as quick as its predecessors. The Series III, however, was a different story. Powered by a V-12 engine they were once again able to propel the E-Type over 145 miles per hour.
Production for the E-Type ceased in 1975, after 72,520 examples being produced. It was replaced by the XJ-S; a vehicle that was larger, heavier, and not as visually appealing. By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006