1961 Jaguar-XKE XKE Series I 3.8 OTS

Stock: J61-407
Current condition: SHOW-DRIVER
Performance: 3.8, 6 Cyl, 265 hp, 3 SU Carbs.
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Suspension: Independent Front and Rear
Color exterior: Carmen Red
Color interior: Red (with Biscuit Top)
Mileage: 59,822 miles showing
Wheels: Wire Wheels
Tires: Michelin Redline 185 15 Black Walls
Brakes: Disc
Vin #: 875407
Engine #: R 1518-9
Gearbox #: EB 617JS
Other 1: Body Number: R 1501

(SOLD) This is a stunning, matching numbers, limited ownership 1961 Jaguar XKE 3.8 Series I OTS which is an early example with flat floors, and welded bonnet louvers. It bears all the special nuances from the first year Jaguar built their E-type. It had undergone a comprehensive restoration to a Show/Driver level and, in a recent Jaguar concours, this beauty achieved a score of 97 points out of 100. It includes the recent JCNA score sheets. It was recently given a full service, and it has been always extremely well cared for, and stored in a climate controlled environment. This Jag is dressed in Carmen red with a red leather interior, sports a biscuit canvas top, and comes with the original radio blanking plate. It also includes photos of the restoration and the car in bare metal, and the owner’s manual as well. During the restoration process, it was completely disassembled, the body was fitted and painted, and then wet sanded and buffed. It benefitted from new parts being installed, and the good serviceable parts being restored. All brite work redone as needed, all mechanical, fuel, electrical, and hydraulic systems were gone through, the rear end was rebuilt and calibrated, the instruments were rebuilt, and the electrical system was gone through. A very early iconic E-type Roadster that comes complete with a letter from Coventry regarding its build information and verifying its matching numbers. Just in time for this year’s show season, you can own a car that is ready to be shown, admired, and to compete. Or, you can just take it out on those coastal roads you have had your eye on. The Series I e-types are great investment grade cars as a whole, and an early flat floor with welded louvers is especially collectible and rare.


William Lyons had a keen eye for style and distinguished taste, but he was not a trained engineer. While he had personally drafted designs for all previous Jaguar models, recognizing the significance of the E-Type, he enlisted the expertise of Malcolm Sayer, a brilliant mathematician and aerodynamicist who had formal training as an engineer and a passion for automobiles. Under the direction of Lyons, Sayer shaped the body of the XKE and created what many consider the most beautiful automotive design ever. Taking what it had learned on the track with the D-type and applying it to its new model, Jaguar’s new E-type featured a monocoque passenger compartment and tail section, a tube-framed engine bay, and a tilting bonnet. With its well-appointed interior, civilized 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, and a compliant suspension, the E-type was an ideal two-place sports car. The XKE has looks to die for, with sweeping lines and an aggressive yet undeniable sensual stance.