1961→1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster

1961→1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster 1961→1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster 1961→1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster 1961→1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster 1961→1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster

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Initially launched in 1961 as the "E" Type Open Two Seater, this sports car became Jaguar's most iconic car. Jaguar described it as being "developed from the famous "C" and "D" Type Sports-Racing cars" because it had a monocoque chassis similar to the D-Type. They called it "an entirely new concept of high speed motoring." The result was a 150 mph cruiser that had companies like Ferrari scrambling to make sure there next generation supercar could match the E.

The first E-Type to be shown in public was driven to the Geneva Motor Show and introduced to the world. It was the product of five years of development and borrowed much from the preceding race cars coming from Coventry. In fact, the Competition Department in 1956 became the Prototype Shop to specifically develop the D-Type as a road car. In it, Malcom Sayer and Bob Knight created the shape for E1A, the very first E-Type prototype.1

Because saloon production was Jaguar's primary concern, only a small team was devoted to E-Type development. Test driver Norman Dewis worked primary with Bob Knight while Bill Heynes oversaw the entire project for Sir William Lyons.

From the first aluminum prototypes, Cyril Crouch had to design the E-Type from the bottom-up in steel. The process took an exceptionally long time to sort out, especially the new independent rear suspension. Bob Knight developed the new system which used a lower wishbones and half-shafts. Attached to the body by a sub-frame, the suspension was completely contained with the onboard brakes, twin spring/damper units and all the pickup points.

Like the D-Type, the E used a front sub-frame that attached to front bulkhead of the monocoque body. It supported the 3.8-litre engine first developed for the large Mark IX saloon.

Production began in March of 1961. In 1964 Jaguar updated the engine to 4.2 liters which had noticeably more torque but retained the 150 mph top speed. With its all synchomesh gearbox, improved brake servo, clutch and electrical cooling system, the 4.2 became the preferred driver's car. Additional refinements included better seats, revised dashboard, armrests and a storage compartment on the transmission tunnel.

Total production of 3.8 coupes was 7,669 cars with just 1,798 made in right hand drive.2. The first 500 cars made in 1961 are different from regular production cars including early details such has outside hood latches, a fully spot-welded hood with a separate louvre panel and flat floor boards.

Sources & Further Reading.

1. Porter, Philip. Jaguar E-Type The Definitive History. Foulis: 1989.
2. Haddock, Dr. Thomas. Jaguar E-Type 6&12 Cylinder Restoration Guide. Motorbooks:1997.



Chassis & Sales

1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 LHD Series 1 OTS 876531 - sold for $143,000 The Series I E-Type Roadster offered here is a “flat floor” model built January 10, 1962 and delivered new to New York. The car was originally purchased by California clothier and Pebble Beach Concours producer Robert Talbott from British Motor Cars in San Francisco on March 13, 1963. Steve Kemp began a meticulous nut and bolt rotisserie restoration of the car in 1994, consulting with Jaguar restoration expert Jim Kakuska of JK Restorations... more
Gallery: 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island RM Auction



1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster - sold for $80,300 The outstanding E-Type presented here recently finished a total, high-point, show-quality restoration conducted by the Jaguar specialists at Lippincott’s Garage. An early flat floor example finished in red with a biscuit leather interior, the car currently shows less than 52,000 original miles. The engine was totally rebuilt and the car also benefits from a stainless steel exhaust, aluminum radiator and new wheels and tires. Notable extras inc... more
Gallery: 2009 Automobiles of Amelia Island RM Auction



1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster 877788 - sold for €70,000 The Series I E-Type Roadster offered here was produced on 2nd August 1962 and shipped to Colorado, where it remained for its entire life with just three owners from new. Today, it is a remarkable example of originality and period correctness, clearly having benefited from decades of proper care and attention. With just one refinish in its original black, complemented by the original red leather interior and Wilton wool carpets, the Jaguar f... more
Gallery: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco



1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster - did not sell for $85,250 The outstanding E-Type presented here recently finished a total, high-point, show-quality restoration conducted by the Jaguar specialists at Lippincott’s Garage. An early flat floor example finished in red with a biscuit leather interior, the car currently shows less than 52,000 original miles. The engine was totally rebuilt and the car also benefits from a stainless steel exhaust, aluminum radiator and new wheels and tires. Notable extras inc... more
Gallery: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey



1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Roadster - did not sell for $95,000 Marque specialist Classic Showcase completed a restoration of this beautiful example several years ago, including bodywork, proper fit, and paint color-sanding and buffing. The engine, transmission, suspension and many systems were re-built or restored as needed. Brightwork, upholstery, rubber seals and a new convertible top were installed. The car features its original engine, and the body is painted a spectacular combination of Opalescent Si... more
Gallery: RM Auctions' 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Roadster 875333 - sold for $162,250 A Well-Restored E-Type. Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certified. Thoughtfully Executed Mechanical Upgrades. Matching-Numbers Example. Desirable Early Series 1 with Exterior Bonnet Latches. Offered with Rare Factory Hardtop.
Gallery: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Litre Roadster 875333 - sold for $162,250 A Well-Restored E-Type. Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certified. Thoughtfully Executed Mechanical Upgrades. Matching-Numbers Example. Desirable Early Series 1 with Exterior Bonnet Latches. Offered with Rare Factory Hardtop.
Gallery: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster 875053 - sold for $154,000 Retaining its original engine, this original left-hand drive E-Type Roadster is the 53rd constructed – an extremely early and very desirable external bonnet-latch, flat-floor car. According to correspondence with Jaguar, it was one of the earliest E-Types exported to Canada, and perhaps the first. At the 1961 Paris Salon, it was ordered new by Maclean’s magazine editor Ralph Allen. The magazine is named as the first registered owner. The E-... more
Gallery: 2011 Amelia Island Auction by RM Auctions



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 875616 - sold for $118,250 Believed to Have Less than 3,800 Original Miles. Matching-Numbers Certified by the JDHT. Stunning Color Combination. Preservation Class Quality. Offered with Original Tool Kit. An Early E-Type in Its Purest Form.
Gallery: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1962 Jaguar XKE Convertible - sold for $90,000 No less a figure than Enzo Ferrari called the new-for-1961 Jaguar E-Type “the most beautiful car in the world”, a sentiment instantly adopted by both the motoring press and the general public. The Museum of Modern Art came to the same conclusion in 1966 when it added a Blue convertible to its collection, a distinction reserved for only one other automobile at the time. This very rare 1961 XKE convertible is number 110 in the model’s product... more
Gallery: 2011 Monterey Daytime Auction by Mecum



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 875432 - sold for $181,500 An Exceptional Example from the First Year of E-Type Production. Highly Sought-After Flat-Floor Welded Louver Roadster. Numerous Early Production Features. Stunning Factory-Delivered Color Combination. Documented Matching- Numbers Example. Recently Completed Show-Quality Restoration. Offered with Tools, Handbook and JDHT Certificate.
Gallery: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster - did not sell for $97,500 Desirable Series I E-Type with covered headlights. Photo-documented rotisserie restoration in 2008. Driven only 600 miles since restoration. Jaguar Heritage Certificate and original tool roll included
Gallery: 2012 St John's by RM Auctions



1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster 879061 - sold for $165,000 Desirable Series I E-Type with covered headlights. Includes Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. Fully-documented restoration. Complete with owner’s manual, wheel removal tools, and correct 19-piece tool roll. Rare, optional, factory hardtop included with sale.
Gallery: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions



1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster 880619 - sold for $126,500 This wonderful E-Type has undergone a comprehensive, documented restoration by Classic Showcase, of Oceanside, California, during which no expense was spared. From the outset, the car was evaluated, inspected, and photographed. Then it was disassembled, stripped to bare metal, placed on a rotisserie, metal finished, leaded, prepared for primer, sealer, paint, base and clear coat, color sanded, and buffed to a fabulous finish. Along with a new ... more
Gallery: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions



1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster 881584 - sold for $82,500 An extremely desirable late-production Series I 3.8-liter example. Highly maintained and carefully enjoyed under the fastidious current owner. Complete with invoices and logbook. This late-production Series I 3.8-liter example from 1964 is now offered from its fastidious owner of the past 14 years, who acquired it immediately following the completion of a complete “nut and bolt” restoration. With approximately 57,600 miles and driven only duri... more
Gallery: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions



1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 879756 - sold for $126,500 Two-Time JCNA National Champion. Restoration Completed in 2000. Tasteful Mechanical Upgrades. Matching-Numbers Engine. Accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate. Finished in the Factory-Delivered Color Combination.
Gallery: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company



1962 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Liter Roadster 876857 - sold for $107,250 The Series I car offered here is presented in classic British Racing Green with a tan leather interior. Importantly, it is a totally numbers-matching car, with the tag matching the chassis number and also matching the cylinder head and engine block numbers, all verified by the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. The car was awarded its First Junior and Senior awards from the AACA in 2007. An RM specialist has enjoyed this E... more
Gallery: 2013 Amelia Island by Rm Auctions



1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 850476 - sold for $170,500 One of just 2,203 Roadsters produced for 1963. Former JCNA National three-time First Prize winner. Numbers-matching example. During 1963, Jaguar produced only 2,023 open two-seat roadsters, including this Old English White over red leather beauty. A canvas black top and black boot with red piping complete the handsome ensemble. While having been acquired over 10 years ago by its current owner, it has recently been looked over mechanically, wit... more
Gallery: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions



1964 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8-Litre Roadster 881186 - sold for $88,000 A late 3.8-liter model with correct 4.2-liter interior features. Recently completed mechanical and cosmetic refreshing.
Gallery: 2014 Arizona by RM Auctions



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 875771 - sold for $129,250 Early “Flat Floor” Roadster with Welded Hood Louvers. Recently Completed Frame-Off Restoration. A Fantastic Example of an Iconic British Roadster. Attractive Color Scheme of Indigo Blue with Gray-Blue Leather and Gray Top. Accompanied by JDHT Certificate, Books, and Tool Kit.
Gallery: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 875494 - sold for $214,500 Matching-numbers example with only three owners from new. Recent comprehensive restoration to JCNA standards and original factory specifications. A superb example of a desirable early “flat-floor” E-Type Roadster.
Gallery: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 875139 - did not sell for €160,000 According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, which accompanies the car, this E-Type was built on 23 June 1961, and it was sold new to a W.R. Samson, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on 31 July 1961. As an early-production example, it features the unique and desirable external bonnet locks, as well as welded louvers. Eventually, the car was acquired by Lawrence M. Kaynes, who restored it in the 1990s. During this time, the engine was... more
Gallery: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions



1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster 860402 - sold for $93,500 The Boillot Helsel Roadster. Matching numbers example. Many tasteful and subtle performance upgrades. Complete with books and tools. Desirable factory hard top. Offered with history file and Heritage Trust Certificate.
Gallery: 2014 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams



1964 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster 880500 - sold for $148,500 Matching numbers example. Scored 99.96 points in JCNA judging. Many past Concours awards.Restored by marque specialists. Offered with history file and Heritage Trust Certificate.
Gallery: 2014 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams



1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre Roadster 875331 - sold for $440,000 Early outside-bonnet latch, flat-floor, welded-louver Series 1. Received 100 points at the 2014 JCNA Concours and a First in Class at the 2014 San Marino Classic Concours. Tremendous preservation of its original sheet metal and mechanicals. Documented as matching-numbers engine and transmission by JDHT.
Gallery: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions



1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 875038 - sold for $528,000 The Most Collectible Example of Jaguar’s Iconic 1960s Sports Car. The 38th Left-Hand-Drive E-Type Roadster Produced. Desirably Equipped with External Bonnet Latches, Flat Floors, and Welded Louvers. Recently Completed Concours-Level Restoration. Accompanied by JDHT Certifcate, Round Tool Kit, Hardtop, and Owner’s Manual.
Gallery: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster 881712 - sold for $247,500 Believed to Be a Three-Owner Car. Beautifully Presented Roadster with Factory Hardtop. Thoughtfully Executed Performance Upgrades.
Gallery: 2014 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



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