Model: XK-E 1.5 Series
Origin: Coventry, England
Production: 1961-1975 | 2,479
Engine: 4.2 Litre
A truly revolutionary car at the time of production in 1961, the Series 1 Jaguar E-Type or Jaguar XK-E for the Northern American market was a British sports car that combined style, high performance and competitive pricing. With speeds of 150 mph and 0 – 60 in less than seven seconds the XK-E was an impressive vehicle that was produced until 1975. These XK-E’s initially used the 3.8-litre Jaguar XK6 engine from the XK150S model, but later in October of 1964 was increased to 4.2 litres. The different engines produced same power and speed, but the 4.2 litre increased the torque from 240 to 283 lb/ft.
The XK-E was based on Jaguars D-Type racing car which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three consecutive years from ’55-’57. Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made.”
In October 1964, Motor magazine tested a 4.2L E-Type and reported “the new 4.2 supersedes the early 3.8 as the fastest car Motor has tested. The absurd ease which 100 mph can be exceeded in a ¼ mile never failed to astonish. 3,000 miles of testing confirms that this is still one of the worlds outstanding cars.” In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type number one on their list of “Top Sports Cars of the 1960s.” In March of ’08, The Daily Telegraph ranked the E-Type number one of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. And, was the featured vehicle in the recent Austin Powers series of films.