1961 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 3.8 OTS

Stock: J61-878
Current condition: SHOW-DRIVER
Performance: 3.8 Liter, 6 cylinder, 3 SU carbs
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Suspension: Independent front and rear
Color exterior: Bronze
Color interior: Biscuit
Mileage: 36,000
Wheels: Chrome Wire Wheels
Brakes: Disc Brakes, Front and Rear
Vin #: 875878

(SOLD) This is a beautiful example of a flat floor welded louver XKE Roadster. This vehicle comes with 2 tops, a tan stayfast canvas hood and a bronze hard top. Superb mechanicals with excellent oil pressure. Best of Classic Winner at JCNA Muckenthaler Motor Car Show of Concours June 2005. This vehicle was built on October 23rd, 1961 and then shipped to N.Y.C. It was bought by a gentleman in California. This is a documented 3 owners vehicle and an original California car. It has been shown at the JCNA Jaguar Club Concours and scored 99 plus points with scored sheets from 3 various events.Mechanical work includes new valve guides, cam bearings, rebuilt oil pump, water pump, generator and new Falcon stainless steel exhaust with a life time warranty. This jaguar has its owners manual, receipts and Heritage Certificate. This car has always been well maintained and kept. Recent cosmetic restoration and full service performed by Classic Showcase.


The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carbureted 3.8 liter 6-cylinder Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S. The first 300 cars built had flat floors and external hood (bonnet) latches. These cars are rare and more valuable. The outside bonnet latch is the most sought after of all the Series I E types. Only 500 external bonnet latch cars were made, of those, 385 were left-hand drive roadsters, 20 left hand drive coupes, 91 right hand drive roadsters, and 4 right-hand drive coupes. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8 liter engine was increased to 4.2 liters in October 1964. This is a California car that is complete and has the features that so many collectors look for, which are: flat floor, welded louvers, outside bonnet latches, low number production car, and matching numbers.