1962 Jaguar XKE Series 1 3.8-liter Fixed Head Coupe
Chassis no. 886015
Engine no. R4625-9
3.8-liter straight six with triple Webers
Five-speed manual transmission
Sensible upgrades throughout
Aggressive stance on widened wire wheels
Classic E-Type looks with improved performance
Thoughtfully prepared for the open road
Introduced in 3.8-liter form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The newcomer's design did indeed owe much to that of the Le Mans-winning D-Type sports-racer: a monocoque tub forming the main structure, while a tubular space frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-liter, triple-carburetor 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265bhp available, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint!
This unique early E-Type was built as a true driver's car, incorporating a long list of desirable performance upgrades such as a five-speed transmission, triple Weber carburetors, headers, aluminum radiator with aluminum header tank, high output alternator, adjustable suspension, adjustable shocks and urethane bushings. A gear reduction starter has been fitted, along with an aluminium exhaust system. Wider 6" x 15" inch wire wheels give the car a subtly aggressive stance, while the bonnet beads were removed to give the car a sleeker look. Additional upgrades include comfortable, reclining Series 2 seats, a hidden cut off switch, custom 15" wood steering wheel, black velour dash top, an in-dash AM/FM CD player, modern electronic white-face gauges and Dynamat insulation throughout the car.
Finished in Opalescent Silver Grey Metallic complemented by Suede Green leather upholstery, this Jaguar certainly exudes grace. And pace! The vendor reports that he has traveled some 800 miles in this E-Type since acquiring it and describes the driving experience as "dialed in".
XKE Roadsters are prized for the wind-in-the-hair experience they offer, but it is the Fixed Head Coupe that truly exemplifies Malcolm Sayer's original design vision. It is truly "the world's greatest crumpet catcher". Just over fifty years old today, this car, purposefully upgraded with the open road in mind, should prove to be an immensely enjoyable motoring companion for the next half-century.