Jaguar E-Type S1

Jaguar XKE E-Type
1974 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $9,220
Average Auction Sale: $61,588
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1973 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $8,475 - $8,920
Average Auction Sale: $58,033
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1972 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $7,330 - $7,740
Average Auction Sale: $56,841
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Total Production: 15,290

Jaguar E-Type S1

Jaguar XKE E-Type
1971 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,730 - $5,740
Average Auction Sale: $48,052
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1970 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,530 - $5,900
Average Auction Sale: $54,035
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1969 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,530 - $5,905
Average Auction Sale: $58,441
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Jaguar E-Type S1


Total Production: 12
The Jaguar E-Type was launched at the 1961 Geneva Motorshow and it was not long before the road-going car made its way to racing tracks. The vehicle's lineage was rooted in sports car racing, with its chassis and engine sourced from the three-time Le Mans winning Jaguar D-Type. In production trim, the E-Type was incredibly fast and nimble, but there was room for improvement. For starters, it steel body was heavy while many of its competitors were using lightweight aluminum.

Homologation rules for GT competition dictated that the body could be modified but the chassis was to remain unchanged. A new body was formed from aluminum in nearly identical fashion to the production road car, and fitted with a separate hard-top roof with a small vent at the rear. A few of the later cars were given a full fast-back coupe body.

Most of the lightweight cars were built as a steel production Roadster, then modified to lightweight E-Type specifications, which included the hood and trunk lid. Two examples were raced with a fixed head body.

Under the bonnet, the engine was given an aluminum cylinder block, which - along with the new body - helped reduce overall weight by over 200 kg. The engine, with modifications that included a Lucas fuel injection system, boosted horsepower to over 300 HP.

These lightweight E-Type's were given to privateers, some of which also received factory support. John Coombs was one of the early believers in the lightweight E-Type, as was American Briggs Cunningham, who ordered three examples. 18 examples were planned, but eventually on 12 were ever built.

One of the earliest competition outings for the lightweight E-Type was at the 1963 edition of the Sebring 12 Hour race, where two examples entered, finishing in 7th and 8th overall. In the four-liter GT class, they finished 1st and 2nd but were outpaced by the Ferrari 250 GTOs in the under three-liter class. The lightweights would prove their capabilities on the shorter circuits, but were often outpaced by the GTOs on the longer courses.

Cunningham's examples were raced at Le Mans, all finished in the Cunningham colours of white with two blue stripes. During the practice session, the cars proved to be very quick and hopes were high for the race. Unfortunately, two of the three cars retired early; the third example managed to finish in 9th overall and 2nd in class.

The cars were quick, but in major competition they were often outclassed, often by the smaller engined Ferrari 250 GTOs.

Peter Sutcliffe of England enjoyed success with his car, as did German Jaguar distributor Peter Lindner.
By Daniel Vaughan | Jun 2014

Jaguar E-Type S1

Jaguar XKE E-Type
1968 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,370 - $5,740
Average Auction Sale: $63,410
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1967 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,380 - $5,900
Average Auction Sale: $93,962
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1966 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,400 - $6,100
Average Auction Sale: $116,035
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1965 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,390 - $5,600
Average Auction Sale: $114,021
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1964 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,300 - $5,500
Average Auction Sale: $97,841
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Jaguar XKE E-Type
1963 Jaguar XKE E-Type
Original Price: $5,599 - $5,895
Average Auction Sale: $101,798
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Jaguar E-Type XKE
1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE
Original Price: $5,599 - $5,890
Average Auction Sale: $118,293
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Jaguar E-Type Series 1
1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1
Original Price: $5,599 - $5,890
Average Auction Sale: $208,581
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Total Production: 38,412

Jaguar E-Type S1


Total Production: 1

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E-Type S1 History

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
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