The Jaguar E-Type (XKE) series 1 3.8

Years 1961-1964
See also XKE Series 1 4.2 liter 1964-1968
Notes The E-Type was released to the public at the Geneva Motor show in March 1961. It was the successor to the XK range of cars which had been available from 1946-1960/61. It caused as much, or even more sensation than the XK120 had done back in 1946,  Mechanically it was not dis-similar to its immediate predecessor - the XK150 (S model), but its body and style of construction owed much in look and technology to the racing Jaguars of the 50's - especially the D type.

The body utilised a monococque construction. At the rear the E-Type sported an independent rear suspension, built as a separate unit in a subframe. This assembly would go on to be used in all subsequent Jaguars with very little change into the 1990's. The car was available in two body styles, a 2 seater roadster, and a 2 seater Fixed Head Coupe. 

Description 2 door sports, available in two body styles
  • Roadster
  • Fixed Head Coupe
Colors See the E-Type (XKE) colors page
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1964 3.8 liter Open Two Seater (OTS) roadster model

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1964 3.8 liter Coupe  model

Model Engine Bore/Stroke Power
E-Type 3.8 3781 cc 6 cyl twin overhead camshaft 87 x 106 mm 265 bhp @ 5400 rpm
Three SU HD8  
Engine was the  Jaguar XK type DOHC inline 6.
Brakes 4 wheel disc (Dunlop), with servo assist
(Various sources differ, slightly and these numbers are close estimates)
4.2 Roadster 
4.2 Fixed Head
Total 15496
Roadster 2770 pounds
FHC 2900 pounds
Length 14 feet 7 1/2 inches
Height 4 feet   
Width 5 feet 4 1/2 inches 
Top speed 150 mph
Wheelbase 96 inches   
Transmission 4-speed manual. (Moss box). Synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears. No overdrive was available on the 3.8 model.
Front Independent. Torsion bars, double wishbones and anti-roll bar
Rear Independent, coil springs. Mounted in separate subframe.
Chassis Numbers
Roadster 850001 and up (RHD models)
875001 and up  (LHD models)
Fixed Head 860001 and up (RHD models)
885001 and up (LHD models)
Engine Numbers
All models R or RA prefix. then 4 digit engine number. Engines prior to (approx) 3/1963 have the R prefix and after that the RA prefix.  For more details, see the XKE engine numbers page
Standard Equipment Leather seating on all models, Wire wheels 72 spoke, 15" rim x 5" wide (silver colored). Chrome wheels of the same dimensions were optional extras.
Options Chrome wire wheels. Various radios, fog lights,   White wall tires.
Replica Kits For those who would like to build their own Series 1 E-Type using rust free glass fiber, and the mechanical bits from an XJ6 that may have seen better days...
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