Jaguar Series 1 E-Type Roadster

Jaguar unveiled the brilliant E-Type at the Geneva Auto Salon in 1961 and in so doing, stunned the motoring community. With its monocoque passenger compartment/tail section, tube-framed engine bay and tilting bonnet, it was clearly descended from the legendary D-Type, but its well-appointed interior, civilized 3.8-liter XK engine, and compliant suspension made it an ideal two-seat touring car and successor for the XK 140 and 150.

The E-Type was immediately successful and its timeless design remains one of the most attractive sports cars ever built. While Sir William Lyons was personally involved in the design of all of Jaguar’s cars, he enlisted the formally trained mathematician and aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer to execute the E-Type’s design. Beyond its fully independent suspension and advanced four-wheel disc brakes, the XKE was also downright fast, with a reported top speed approaching 150 miles per hour. In fact, its high performance levels and superb driving dynamics placed it solidly within range of Ferrari’s GT cars, but at a fraction of the price. In keeping with Jaguar tradition, the E-Type was continuously improved, and for 1965, the proven 3.8-liter engine was enlarged to 4.2 liters of displacement. Its rated horsepower remained unchanged, but a meaningful increase in torque provided greater drivability, which was enhanced by the arrival of a long-awaited, fully synchronized gearbox.

Many Jaguar enthusiasts consider the late Series I E-Types, produced from 1965 to 1967, to be the most refined and desirable examples. With their larger 4.2-liter engines and various other refinements, they offer peerless style and an incomparable driving experience.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2009 at the The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in July of 2011 at The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth, Michigan and in January of 2012 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.

265bhp, 4,235 cc double overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower wishbones, trailing lower radius arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and HP Corp, 2003

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