1963 Jaguar XKE E-Type
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 ....[continue reading]
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 proc....[continue reading]
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 re....[continue reading]
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. Mattoe....[continue reading]
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 St....[continue reading]
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 ....[continue reading]
HistoryThe 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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