1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE

The history of the E-Type (XKE in the USA) dates back to 1956 when it began as a concept. Developed from the racing D-Type, it was put on the back burner when Lyons abruptly canceled the competition program. In 1958, Jaguar technical director William Heynes and designer Malcolm Sayer convinced their boss, Sir William Lyons, that a new production sports model was needed. The prototype was revisited, and its aluminum body with the 3.4-liter engine and all-independent suspension was re-engineered by Heynes and Sayer for steel, and the 3.8-liter engine was sourced from the MK IX saloon.

In similar fashion to the world-beating D-Types, Jaguar's E-Type had a monocoque tub which formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular spaceframe extended forwards to support the engine. Initially, power was from a triple SU carbureted, 3.8-liter, six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150s backed by a Moss (EB) four-speed gearbox. The double wishbone, independent front suspension mounted on the forward subframe was developed from the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type. The rear suspension was completely new, being independent when most of the sports cars of the era used the traditional live axle setup. It used transverse lower links and fixed-length driveshafts, and the wheels were suspended on coil spring-shock absorber units, two to a side. The differential was mounted to a hefty steel crossmember and hosted inboard Dunlop disk brakes. Anti-roll bars were installed front and rear. Disc brakes were also used in the front.

The E-Type weighed around 500 pounds less than the XK150 and its exterior was created by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer. The 265 horsepower gave the E-Type a top speed of 150 mph with the standard 3.31 to 1 gearing, and some speculated that optional taller gears would push that figure even further.

The E-Type made its debut in March of 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show. Available as both a fixed head coupe and a soft top with roll-up windows, called a 'roadster.' At $5,595 for the roadster and $300 more for the coupe it was more than twice the price of an MGA, and barely half that of a 300SL.

Production of the Jaguar E-Type lasted from 1961 through 1975 and included three distinct series. The first series lasted from 1961 through 1968. Later revisions saw a bigger engine upgrade to 4.2 liters and a driver friendly synchromesh gearbox.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2020

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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. Its design was created by an aerodynamic engineer named Malcolm Sayer. The front engine, rear-wheel....
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1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 877361

Using the knowledge learned on the track with the D-Type, Jaguar's new E-type was given a monocoque passenger compartment and tail section, a tube-framed engine bay and a tilting bonnet. They were given a well-appointed interior, a 3.8-liter six-cyli....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 875618
Engine Num: R1878-9

The 1962 Jaguar XKE E-Type Series I Roadster finished in Hunter Green and tan trim, carpets, and convertible soft top was offered for sale at the 2006 Worldwide Group Auction. It was expected to fetch between $90,000-$100,000. It has traveled just ....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: j62 876351
Engine Num: R 2973-9

This 1962 Jaguar Series I E-Type Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 RM Auctions held in Amelia Island, Florida where it was estimated to sell between $110,000 - $130,000. The car is powered by a 3781cc double overhead camshaft six-cylinder en....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 876963
Engine Num: R4728-9

This 1962 Jaguar XKE-Type Series 1 Roadster is a matching numbers example that was given a comprehensive and sympathetic restoration. It is finished in the correct color of Cotswold Blue, has a black leather interior, original chrome trim, glass, an....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Coupe

This early E-Type Jaguar fixed head coupe is original and unrestored, with the exception of a respray in its original anthracite color during the 1980s. The XKE was introduced in 1961, and the models through 1967, like this 1962 example, are conside....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

This 1960 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Roadster was originally purchased in California and underwent a 3,500 hour restoration. It scored a perfect 100 points in Jaguar Club of North American Judging.....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 877799

This car was originally delivered to Southern California and believed to have been raced in SCCA in the late 1960's and early 1970's. Retired to a garage in Oregon in the 1970's where a restoration was aborted until July of 2005. Since then it has ha....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Coupe

The Jaguar E-Type began production in 1961 and was powered by the 3.8 liter six-cylinder engine from the XK150. Eventually, the engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters. It remained in production until 1974.....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 877151
Engine Num: R 5232-9

When Jaguar introduced its E-Type convertible, it came with an MSRP of $2,454, which was $1,500 less than a Chevrolet Convertible and nearly $20,000 less than a Ferrari 250 GT. Even though it was shorter than the XK150 it replaced, the cockpit provid....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 877245
Engine Num: RA6829-8

This Jaguar E-Type Series 1 roadster was recently found after 37 years of storage in Missouri. Prior to entering storage, the owner turned his Roadster into a recreation of the 1960 Jaguar E2A Le Mans Sports-Racing Prototype. The E2A was a single pro....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 886097

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate states VIN/Chassis #886097 was delivered at the factory in Coventry, England on June 29, 1962. All numbers match the certificate. The restoration was geared to the exact standard of that day with every de....[continue reading]

1962 Jaguar E-Type XKE vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: 876825

This Jaguar is an E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster SCCA A-Production roadster. It was one of the first E-Types to race in North America. It raced primarily in San Francisco Region SCCA events in 1962 and 1963, drivers Frank Morrill and Merle Brenna....[continue reading]

Roadster
Chassis #: 877361 
Roadster
Chassis #: 875618 
Roadster
Chassis #: j62 876351 
Roadster
Chassis #: 876963 
Coupe
 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: 877799 
Coupe
 
Roadster
Chassis #: 877151 
Roadster
Chassis #: 877245 
Coupe
Chassis #: 886097 
Roadster
Chassis #: 876825 


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