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Quoting from Wikipedia: Jaguar E-Type:

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The Jaguar E-Sort (UK) or XK-E (US) is a British automobile manufactured by Jaguar among 1961 and 1974. Its combination of good appears, high performance, and competitive pricing established the marque as an icon of 1960s motoring. A wonderful achievement for Jaguar, more than seventy thousand E-Sorts have been sold throughout its lifespan.

In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Kind ranked very first in Day-to-day Telegraph list of the &quot100 most stunning vehicles&quot of all time.[two] In 2004, Sports Auto International magazine placed the E-Type at quantity one on their list of Best Sports Cars of the 1960s.


1 Overview
two Notion versions
•• two.1 E1A (1957)
•• two.2 E2A (1960)
3 Production versions
•• 3.1 Series 1 (1961-1968)
•• three.2 Series 2 (1969-1971)
•• 3.three Series 3 (1971-1975)
four Restricted edtions
•• 4.1 Low Drag Coupé (1962)
•• four.2 Lightweight E-Type (1963-1964)
5 Motor Sport
six See also
7 References
8 External links


The E-Type was initially developed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé type (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). The 2+2 version with a lengthened wheelbase was released numerous years later.

On its release Enzo Ferrari referred to as it &quotThe most stunning car ever made&quot.

The model was produced in 3 distinct versions which are now normally referred to as &quotSeries 1&quot, &quotSeries two&quot and &quotSeries three&quot. A transitional series among Series 1 and Series 2 is identified unofficially as &quotSeries 1½&quot.

In addition, numerous restricted-edition variants had been developed:

• The &quot’Lightweight’ E-Type&quot which was apparently intended as a sort of adhere to-up to the D-Sort. Jaguar planned to make 18 units but eventually only a dozen had been reportedly constructed. Of these, 1 is identified to have been destroyed and two others have been converted to coupé kind. These are exceedingly rare and sought following by collectors.
• The &quotLow Drag Coupé&quot was a 1-off technical exercising which was in the end sold to a Jaguar racing driver. It is presently believed to be portion of the private collection of the current Viscount Cowdray.

Notion versions

E1A (1957)

Soon after their accomplishment at LeMans 24 hr by means of the 1950s Jaguars defunct racing department were provided the short to use D-Sort style construction to develop a road going sports vehicle, replacing the XK150.

It is suspected that the very first prototype (E1A) was offered the code based on: (E): The proposed production name E-Sort (1): Initial Prototype (A): Aluminium construction (Production models utilized steel bodies)

The car featured a monocoque design, Jaguar’s completely independent rear suspension and the nicely proved &quotXK&quot engine.

The auto was utilized solely for factory testings and was by no means formally released to the public. The auto was eventually scrapped by the factory

E2A (1960)

Jaguar’s second E-Sort idea was E2A which unlike E1A was constructed from a steel chassis and utilized a aluminium physique. This auto was completed as a race car as it was thought by Jaguar at the time it would supply a greater testing ground.

E2A utilised a 3 litre version of the XK engine with a Lucas fuel injection system.

Soon after retiring from the LeMans 24 hr the vehicle was shipped to America to be used for racing by Jaguar privateer Briggs Cunningham.

In 1961 the car returned to Jaguar in England to be utilised as a testing mule.

Ownership of E2A passed to Roger Woodley (Jaguars consumer competitors automobile manager) who took possession on the basis the car not be employed for racing. E2A had been scheduled to be scrapped.

Roger’s wife Penny Griffiths owned E2A till 2008 when it was offered for sale at Bonham’s Quail Auction. Sale cost was US.five million

Production versions

Series 1 (1961-1968)

Series I

• Production
1961–1968[3] [4]

Body style(s)
two-door coupe
two-door 2+two coupe
2-door convertible

3.8 L XK I6
four.two L XK I6

96. in (2438 mm) (FHC / OTS)
105. in (2667 mm) (two+two) [five]

• Length
175.3125 in (4453 mm) (FHC / OTS)
184.4375 in (4685 mm) (2+2) [five]

• Width
65.25 in (1657 mm) (all) [5]

• Height
48.125 in (1222 mm) (FHC)
50.125 in (1273 mm) (two+two)
46.five in (1181 mm) (OTS)[five]

Curb weight
2,900 lb (1,315 kg) (FHC)
two,770 lb (1,256 kg) (OTS)
3,090 lb (1,402 kg) (two+two) [six]

• Fuel capacity
63.64 L (16.eight US gal 14. imp gal)[five]

The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic industry launch came four months later in July 1961.[7] The vehicles at this time employed the triple SU carburetted 3.eight litre 6-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. The initial 500 automobiles built had flat floors and external hood (bonnet) latches. These vehicles are uncommon and far more worthwhile. Following that, the floors had been dished to offer a lot more leg area and the twin hood latches moved to inside the vehicle. The three.eight litre engine was increased to four.2 litres in October 1964.[7]

All E-Kinds featured independent coil spring rear suspension with torsion bar front ends, and four wheel disc brakes, in-board at the rear, all were power-assisted. Jaguar was a single of the initial auto makers to equip vehicles with disc brakes as standard from the XK150 in 1958. The Series 1 can be recognised by glass covered headlights (up to 1967), modest &quotmouth&quot opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust suggestions under the licence plate in the rear.

3.8 litre cars have leather-upholstered bucket seats, an aluminium-trimmed centre instrument panel and console (changed to vinyl and leather in 1963), and a Moss four-speed gearbox that lacks synchromesh for 1st gear (&quotMoss box&quot). four.two litre vehicles have far more comfy seats, improved brakes and electrical systems, and an all-synchromesh four-speed gearbox. 4.2 litre cars also have a badge on the boot proclaiming &quotJaguar 4.two Litre E-Kind&quot (three.8 vehicles have a easy &quotJaguar&quot badge). Optional extras integrated chrome spoked wheels and a detachable challenging leading for the OTS.

An original E-Sort difficult best is extremely uncommon, and discovering one particular intact with all the chrome, not to mention original paint in decent situation, is rather challenging. For those who want a hardtop and are not fussy over no matter whether or not it is an original from Jaguar, a number of third parties have recreated the hardtop to practically exact specifications. The expense ranges anywhere from double to triple the cost of a canvas/vinyl soft leading.

A two+2 version of the coupé was added in 1966. The two+two provided the alternative of an automatic transmission. The body is 9 in (229 mm) longer and the roof angles are various with a much more vertical windscreen. The roadster remained a strict two-seater.

There was a transitional series of cars constructed in 1967-68, unofficially known as &quotSeries 1½&quot, which are externally similar to Series 1 cars. Due to American pressure the new features were open headlights, diverse switches, and some de-tuning (with a downgrade of twin Zenith-Stromberg carbs from the original triple SU carbs) for US models. Some Series 1½ vehicles also have twin cooling fans and adjustable seat backs. Series 2 characteristics were gradually introduced into the Series 1, producing the unofficial Series 1½ cars, but constantly with the Series 1 body style.

Much less widely known, there was also correct at the end of Series 1 production and prior to the transitional &quotSeries 1½&quot referred to above, a very little quantity of Series 1 automobiles produced with open headlights.[eight] These are sometimes referred to as &quotSeries 1¼&quot cars.[9] Production dates on these machines vary but in correct hand drive form production has been verified as late as March 1968.[10] It is thought that the low quantity of these automobiles developed relative to the other Series make them amongst the rarest of all production E Types.

An open 3.eight litre vehicle, in fact the initial such production auto to be completed, was tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1961 and had a top speed of 149.1 mph (240. km/h) and could accelerate from -60 mph (97 km/h) in 7.1 seconds. A fuel consumption of 21.3 miles per imperial gallon (13.three L/100 km 17.7 mpg-US) was recorded. The test vehicle expense £2097 such as taxes.[11]

Production numbers from Graham[12]:

• 15,490 three.8s
• 17,320 4.2s
• ten,930 two+2s

Production numbers from[13]: [omitted — Flickr doesn’t permit tables]

Series 2 (1969-1971)

Series II

• Production
1969–1971[three] [4]

Physique style(s)
two-door coupe
2-door two+two coupe
two-door convertible

four.two L XK I6

Curb weight
3,018 lb (1,369 kg) (FHC)
two,750 lb (1,247 kg) (OTS)
three,090 lb (1,402 kg) (2+two) [six]

Open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned and larger front indicators and taillights below the bumpers, far better cooling aided by an enlarged &quotmouth&quot and twin electric fans, and uprated brakes are hallmarks of Series two cars. De-tuned in US, but nevertheless with triple SUs in the UK, the engine is simply identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a a lot more industrial ‘ribbed’ look. Late Series 1½ cars also had ribbed cam covers. The interior and dashboard have been also redesigned, with rocker switches that met U.S well being and security regulations being substituted for toggle switches. The dashboard switches also lost their symmetrical layout. New seats were fitted, which purists claim lacked the style of the originals but were surely far more comfortable. Air conditioning and energy steering have been obtainable as factory possibilities.

Production according to Graham[12] is 13,490 of all types.

Series two production numbers from[13]: [omitted — Flickr does not permit tables]

Official delivery numbers by marketplace and year are listed in Porter[three] but no summary totals are provided.

Series 3 (1971-1975)

Series III

• Production

Physique style(s)
two-door two+two coupe
two-door convertible

five.3 L Jaguar V12

105 in (2667 mm) (each)[6]

• Length
184.4 in (4684 mm) (2+two)
184.5 in (4686 mm) (OTS)[6]

• Width
66. in (1676 mm) (two+2)
66.1 in (1679 mm) (OTS)[six]

• Height
48.9 in (1242 mm) (two+2)
48.1 in (1222 mm) (OTS)[six]

Curb weight
3,361 lb (1,525 kg) (two+two)
three,380 lb (1,533 kg) (OTS)[six]

• Fuel capacity
82 L (21.7 US gal 18. imp gal)[14]

A new five.3 L 12-cylinder Jaguar V12 engine was introduced, with uprated brakes and common energy steering. The short wheelbase FHC body style was discontinued and the V12 was available only as a convertible and two+2 coupé. The convertible used the longer-wheelbase two+2 floorplan. It is simply identifiable by the big cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. There have been also a quite restricted number of four.two litre six-cylinder Series three E-Varieties built. These had been featured in the initial sales literature. It is believed these are the rarest of all E-Kinds of any remaining.

In 2008 a British classic vehicle enthusiast assembled what is surely the last ever E-Variety from components bought from the end-of-production surplus in 1974.[15]

Graham[12] lists production at 15,290.

Series 3 production numbers from[13]: [omitted — Flickr doesn’t allow tables]

Restricted edtions

Two restricted production E-Kind variants had been made as test beds, the Low Drag Coupe and Lightweight E-Type, both of which had been raced:

Low Drag Coupé (1962)

Shortly soon after the introduction of the E-Type, Jaguar management wanted to investigate the possibility of developing a vehicle a lot more in the spirit of the D-Sort racer from which components of the E-Type’s styling and style have been derived. One particular vehicle was constructed to test the concept made as a coupé as its monocoque design and style could only be produced rigid adequate for racing by using the &quotstressed skin&quot principle. Earlier Jaguar racers have been built as open-top cars due to the fact they have been based on ladder frame styles with independent chassis and bodies. Unlike the steel production E-Kinds the LDC utilized lightweight aluminium. Sayer retained the original tub with lighter outer panels riveted and glued to it. The front steel sub frame remained intact, the windshield was given a far more pronounced slope and the rear hatch welded shut. Rear brake cooling ducts appeared next to the rear windows,and the interior trim was discarded, with only insulation around the transmission tunnel. With the exception of the windscreen, all cockpit glass was plexi. A tuned version of Jaguar’s three.8 litre engine with a wide angle cylinder-head style tested on the D-Type racers was used. Air management became a main difficulty and, despite the fact that significantly sexier searching and definitely more rapidly than a production E-Variety, the auto was by no means competitive: the quicker it went, the a lot more it wanted to do what its design dictated: take off.

The one particular and only test bed auto was completed in summer time of 1962 but was sold a year later to Jaguar racing driver Dick Protheroe who raced it extensively and ultimately sold it. Given that then it has passed through the hands of a number of collectors on each sides of the Atlantic and now is believed to reside in the private collection of the existing Viscount Cowdray.

Lightweight E-Variety (1963-1964)

In some approaches, this was an evolution of the Low Drag Coupé. It made substantial use of aluminium alloy in the body panels and other elements. Nonetheless, with at least one particular exception, it remained an open-leading vehicle in the spirit of the D-Kind to which this automobile is a far more direct successor than the production E-Sort which is far more of a GT than a sports vehicle. The automobiles utilized a tuned version of the production 3.8 litre Jaguar engine with 300 bhp (224 kW) output rather than the 265 bhp (198 kW) developed by the &quotordinary&quot version. At least one particular automobile is recognized to have been fitted with fuel-injection.

The vehicles were entered in numerous races but, in contrast to the C-Kind and D-Sort racing cars, they did not win at Le Mans or Sebring.

Motor Sport

Bob Jane won the 1963 Australian GT Championship at the wheel of an E-Variety.

The Jaguar E-Type was extremely profitable in SCCA Production sports vehicle racing with Group44 and Bob Tullius taking the B-Production championship with a Series-three V12 racer in 1975. A couple of years later, Gran-Turismo Jaguar from Cleveland Ohio campaigned a 4.2 L 6 cylinder FHC racer in SCCA production series and in 1980, won the National Championship in the SCCA C-Production Class defeating a completely funded factory Nissan Z-automobile group with Paul Newman.

See also

Jaguar XK150 – predecessor to the E-Variety
Jaguar XJS – successor to the E-Kind
Jaguar XK8 – The E-Type’s present and spiritual successor
Guyson E12 – a rebodied series III constructed by William Towns


^ Loughborough graduate and designer of E Variety Jaguar honoured
^ 100 most beautiful vehicles
• ^ a b cPorter, Philip (2006). Jaguar E-variety, the definitive history. p. 443. ISBN -85429-580-1.
• ^ a b&quot’69 Series two Jaguar E Varieties&quot, Autocar, October 24, 1968
• ^ a b c d eThe Full Official Jaguar &quotE&quot. Cambridge: Robert Bentley. 1974. p. 12. ISBN -8376-0136-3.
• ^ a b c d e f g&quotJaguar E-Sort Specifications&quot. Retrieved 29 August 2009.
• ^ a b&quotBuying secondhand E-variety Jaguar&quot. Autocar 141 (nbr4042): pages 50–52. six April 1974.
^ See Jaguar Clubs of North America concourse details at: [1] and much more especially the actual Series 1½ concourse guide at [2]
^ Ibid.
^ Examine correct hand drive VIN numbers offered in JCNA concours guide referred to above with production dates for appropriate hand drive automobiles as reflected in the XKEdata database at [3]
^&quotThe Jaguar E-variety&quot. The Motor. March 22, 1961.
• ^ a b cRobson, Graham (2006). A–Z British Cars 1945–1980. Devon, UK: Herridge &amp Sons. ISBN -9541063-9-three.
• ^ a b c Retrieved 29 August 2009.
^Every day Express Motor Show Evaluation 1975 Cars: Page 24 (Jaguar E V12). October 1974.
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