1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe


265 hp, 3,781 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with three SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, torsion bars, and a sway bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and a sway bar, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.

  • Desirable Series 1 E-Type Fixed Head Coupe
  • Opalescent Silver Grey over a tan leather interior
  • Restored by marque specialists
  • Only test mileage since completion

The E-Type was the first Jaguar road car not designed by Sir William Lyons. Aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayers had penned the D-Type sports racer that won three 24 Hours of Le Mans races back-to-back from 1955 to 1957. For the E-Type, he used his best ideas from the D-Type. The body was a monocoque tub from the firewall back, with steel boxes forming the scuttle, the sills, and various cross-members. A front sub-frame cradled the engine and supported the rack-and-pinion steering and torsion bar suspension. The sub-frame was bolted to the firewall in six places, rather than being welded like the D-Type, which had proved to be expensive to repair. The independent rear suspension was mounted on a separate sub-frame that was bolted to reinforced cross-members and featured inboard Dunlop disc brakes.

The E-Type was powered by the same 265-horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder from the XK150 S, but it was faster than the XK150, due to improved aerodynamics, which also made it quieter at speed. It was also larger inside, with the speedometer and tachometer in front of the driver and additional gauges in a central binnacle above a row of toggle switches. The coupe proved both faster and quieter than the roadster, and its rear hatch opened to one side, for ease of loading items like golf clubs.

The combination of stunning good looks, a 150-mph top speed, and a bargain price kept the E-Type in the forefront of American dreams until the appearance of the 1968 Series II, which lost the covered headlights and dainty taillights and whose performance was hampered by stricter emissions regulations. Once early teething troubles had been solved, the 1962–1967 Series I E-Types became the model to own.

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