Jaguar E-Type Series I
The Series I was introduced in March 1961, initially for export only. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars then used the triple SU carburettor 3.8 liter six-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. Previously built cars used external hood latches and had a flat floor. These cars are rare and valuable. Then the 1963 Jaguar E-Type floors were changed to provide more legroom and the double hood latches moved inside the car. The 3.8 liter engine was increased to 4.2 liters in October 1964.
Jaguar was one of the first car manufacturers to equip cars with disc brakes as standard (the XK150 in 1958). The Series 1 can be recognized by glass covered headlamps (until 1967), small "mouth" opening at the front, signal lamps and taillights above bumpers and exhaust tips below the number plate at the rear.
3.8-litre Jaguar E-Type 1965 cars with leather-trimmed bucket seats, an aluminum-trimmed center instrument panel and console, and a Moss four-speed manual transmission. 4.2-litre cars have more comfortable seats, improved brakes and electrical systems, and an all-synchromesh four-speed manual transmission. Optional extras such as chrome wire wheels and a detachable hardtop for the OTS were included.
A 2+2 version of the coupe was added in the 1966 Jaguar E-Type. The 2+2 offered the option of an automatic transmission. The roadster remained a strict two-seater.
Less well known, at the very end of series 1 production and before the transitional "Series 1 " a very small number of series 1 cars were produced with open headlights.
Series I model years:
Jaguar E-Type 1961
Jaguar E-Type 1962
Jaguar E-Type 1963
Jaguar E-Type 1964
Jaguar E-Type 1965
Jaguar E-Type 1966
Jaguar E-Type 1967
Jaguar E-Type 1968
Following the Jaguar E-Type Series 1 there was a transitional series of cars built in 1967-1968, unofficially named "Series 1 ½", similar to Series 1 cars. As a result of the American pressure, new features such as open headlights and various switches were introduced. Some Series 1 ½ cars also have two fans and reclining seatbacks. Series 2 features were gradually introduced in Series 1.
An open 3.8-litre car, actually the first production car, was tested by British magazine The Motor in 1961 and had a top speed of 149.1 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 kmh) in 7.1 seconds . A fuel economy of 21.3 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. The test car costs £2,097 including taxes.
The cars made available by Jaguar for a test drive through the popular car magazines of the time such as the Motor, the Autocar and Autosport were specially prepared for extra good performance figures.The Jaguar E-type Coupe Reg. No. 9600 HP and E-type Convertible Reg 77 RW, were fitted with Dunlop Racing Tires on test drive. The maximum safe rev limit for standard 6-cylinder 3.8-liter E-type engines is 5500 rpm. The later 4.2 liter units had a red mark on the rev counter of just 5,000 rpm. So the maximum safe speed is 127 mph and 137 mph at the 5,500 rpm limit. Both test cars reached or exceeded 6000 rpm in top gear on the 1961 test drive.
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