Jaguar Series 2 E-Type Roadster
The classic E-Type took the automotive world by storm when it was introduced at the Geneva Auto Show. Its inherent beauty is legendary, as it is one of the few cars ever to be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Production began in 1961 and featured a 3.8-liter overhead cam six-cylinder engine, and styling evolved from Jaguar’s Le Mans-winning D-Type race cars. Styling was the work of Malcolm Sayer, overseen by company founder Sir William Lyons. The E-Type came with the four-wheel disc brakes of the previous XK150 but gained independent rear suspension. A bigger bore DOHC 4.2-liter six took over, offering similar horsepower and greater torque in 1964 along with an all-synchro transmission. The E-Type’s construction was a multi-tube front end bolted to a bathtub steel body-shell. The long, low hood and front fenders were one assembly and hinged at the front for unobstructed engine access.
1967 would mark the first year that headlight covers were deleted from the E-Type or XKE as it was known in the U.S. It took 2-3 mph off the top speed but gave better lighting penetration. Its up-sized 4.2-liter, twin-cam inline six was capable of propelling the car from 0-60 mph in 7.4 seconds with a maximum speed of 149 mph from 265 hp at 5400 rpm.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
265 hp, 4,235 cc (258.4 cu. in.) inline DOHC six-cylinder engine, four-speed all-synchromesh transmission, four-wheel independent suspension, Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96".
Source: RM Auctions