1962 Jaguar-XKE Series 1 3.8 OTS
|Performance:||3.8 DOHC In-line 6-Cylinder Engine, 265 HP 3 SU Carburetors, Duel Exhaust|
|Transmission:||4 speed manual (Moss gearbox)|
|Suspension:||Independent Front and Rear|
|Wheels:||Chrome Wire Wheels|
|Tires:||Vredestein Redlines 185/15|
|Other 1:||Body Number: R3681|
This highly original, low mileage, early Series I car offered here is presented in its very rare birth colors of black over red. Importantly, it is a numbers-matching car, with the data plate matching the chassis number, the cylinder head and engine block. All are verified by the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate. Well kept under long term ownership, this beauty is a great example to compete in the preservation category as most of the paint is original, the interior is original, and most of components under the bonnet are original. With a little more cleanup she will be ready to be shown and enjoyed. She already is a good running and driving car. This lady is for those of you who relish originality and patina, as she is truly one of a kind.
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.