Live now on Bring A Trailer is a fantastic example of 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I Roadster that is being offered with no reserve.
Initially launched in 1961 as the “E” Type Open Two Seater, the E-Type (XKE) is Jaguar’s most iconic car. Jaguar described it as being “developed from the famous “C” and “D” Type Sports-Racing cars” because it had a monocoque chassis similar to the D-Type. They called it “an entirely new concept of high speed motoring.” The result was a 150 mph cruiser that had companies like Ferrari scrambling to make sure there next generation supercar could match the E.
The car offered here is a 1961 Jaguar XKE Series I Roadster that was assembled on November 28th, 1961, and was distributed in the US by Jaguar Cars of New York. The car is finished in red over tan leather upholstery and is powered by a replacement 4.2-liter inline-six mated to a four-speed manual gearbox.
The car left the factory in a Cream color, but was repainted red under previous ownership. The front bumper has been removed and replaced with a louvered aluminum hood. The car comes with additional features such as a tan soft top and boot cover, wing-mounted side-view mirrors, glass headlight covers, dual exhausts, and a chrome rear bumper with overriders. The car has Chrome 15″ wire wheels with two-eared knock-off spinners and 185-width Vredestein Sprint Classic tires as well as four-wheel discs with inboard-mounted rears.
The interior was originally red, but now has bucket seats upholstered in tan leather with matching door panels and carpets. The dashboard and center console have textured metal trim, and the car comes equipped with a height-adjustable rear-view mirror, a Kenwood AM/FM CD stereo, and toggle switches for vehicle functions. The three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel frames Smiths instrumentation, which includes a 160-mph speedometer and a 6k-rpm tachometer with an inset clock. There are also four auxiliary displays in the center stack. The odometer shows approximately 29k miles, but the total mileage is unknown.
The car has a replacement 4.2-liter inline-six engine with polished valve covers and triple SU carburetors, which was installed in place of the original 3.8-liter engine. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission.
Debuting at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the Jaguar E-Type wowed the automotive community with its powerful engine and sleek curves, earning high praise and even being dubbed “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari. It is a perfect choice for a weekend cruiser, sure to turn heads and garner attention wherever it is taken for a drive by its new owner.
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