1961 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 3.8 OTS
Outside Bonnet Latch
|Current condition:||UNDER RESTORATION|
|Performance:||3.8 Liter, 6 cylinder, 3 SU carbs|
|Transmission:||4 speed manual|
|Suspension:||Independent front and rear|
|Color exterior:||Opalescent Dark Blue|
|Mileage:||less than 100 test miles after restoration|
|Wheels:||Chrome Wire Wheels|
|Tires:||6.5 x 15|
|Brakes:||Front & Rear Disc|
|Gearbox #:||EB303 JS|
|Other 2:||Body Number: R1166|
Classic Showcase is pleased to announce the beginning stages of a no-expense-spared, frame-off restoration to the 132nd Jaguar E-Type Roadster ever produced. This first-year production run example exhibits all the early sought-after Series 1 features these cars are known for, including flat floors, welded louvers, and outside bonnet latches.
Our team of master craftsmen and technicians have begun the process of getting this iconic example of Jaguar history back to factory standards, and will elevate this already special car to that of the highest level of Show/Concours standards possible. Once completed, this E-Type will be an excellent candidate for campaigning in your favorite Show or Concours event, making it a wonderful choice for the discerning Jaguar collector looking to pedigree an exceptional, first-generation E-Type example.
The Series 1 Jaguar XKE 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.