1961 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 3.8 OTS

Stock: J61-437
Current condition: DRIVER
Performance: 3.8 Liter, 6 cylinder, 3 SU carbs
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Suspension: Independent Front and Rear Suspension
Color exterior: Dark Blue
Color interior: Blue
Mileage: 33,730 showing
Wheels: Painted Wire wheels
Tires: Vredestein Spirit ST 185/15
Brakes: Disc Brakes, Front and Rear
Vin #: 875437
Engine #: RI598-9
Gearbox #: EB 696JS

(SOLD) This first-generation, matching-numbers 1961 E-Type is a great early example with single, long term ownership. This highly desirable Series 1 3.8 Liter example features welded louvers, flat floors, a period correct radio, covered headlight configuration, and painted wire wheels, among many other sought-after Series 1 options. The XKE has been recently serviced by Jaguar professionals, and stands as a perfect candidate for a comprehensive Classic Showcase show or show/driver restoration of your choosing. These first-generation E-Types are becoming increasingly hard to find and obtain, so don't miss this opportunity to add a piece of Jaguar history to your collection.


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.