Series 1

From 1961 to 1968

Designed by well known aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer the car was aerodynamically advanced and drop-dead gorgeous, built around a monocoque (chassisless) shell with front frames to hold the suspension and engine and an advanced rear independent suspension that would end up being used by all subsequent saloons of the period. Initially fitted with the 3.8 litre version of the legendary XK engine with triple carburettors and high compression head, the car capable of up to 150mph in standard trim, yet was very practical in town driving conditions. 

Available as a two-seater roadster or a fixed head coupe with rear opening ‘hatch’ door for luggage, the car was upgraded in 1964 with the 4.2 litre engine, all synchromesh gearbox and improved seating. In 1966 an extra model, with 2 + 2 seating capacity was introduced by increasing the wheelbase by 9 inches and raising the roof by 2 inches. This also enabled the car to be fitted with the option of automatic transmission. 

Due to changes in legislation in the USA, the E-type had to go through various changes which started with the substitution of the flared in headlights for an open type and some changes to switch gear in the car along with emissions systems for the engine. Interim changed cars were still identified as Series 1 models, but have later become known as Series 1 1/2 because there was no clear differentiation between the earlier and later Series 2 models in specification.

Model Summary

Model Type:

E-Type

Production Dates:

1961 - 1968

Engine Range:

3.8 Litre Series 1

4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½

0 - 60 mph:

3.8 Litre Series 1 - 7.1 seconds

4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½ - 7.0 (8.9 2+2) seconds

Top Speed:

3.8 Litre Series 1 - 149.1 mph

4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½ - 150 (136.2 2+2) mph

Series 1 Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

 3.8 Litre Series 1
Engine (cc)3781
Bore and Stroke (mm)87 x 106
Compression Ratio9:1 (8:1 optional)
BHP265
@ RPM5500
Torque (lb ft)260
@ RPM4000
Fuelling3x SU carbs
 4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Engine (cc)4235
Bore and Stroke (mm)92.07 x 106
Compression Ratio9:1 (8:1 optional)
BHP265
@ RPM5400
Torque (lb ft)283
@ RPM4000
Fuelling3x SU carbs

Engine Performance

 3.8 Litre Series 1
Top Speed149.1 mph
0 - 60 mph7.1 seconds
Fuel Consumption19.7 mpg
 4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Top Speed150 (136.2 2+2) mph
0 - 60 mph7.0 (8.9 2+2) seconds
Fuel Consumption18.5 (18.3 2+2) mpg

Model Specifications

 3.8 Litre Series 1
Transmission4-speed (3 synchro)
Wheel Size (in)15, wire
Suspension (Front)Ind wishbone, torsion bar
Suspension (Rear)Ind lower wishbone, upper driveshaft link, radius arms, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, rear inboard
 4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Transmission4-speed (3 synchro)
Wheel Size (in)15, wire
Suspension (Front)Ind wishbone, torsion bar
Suspension (Rear)Ind lower wishbone, upper driveshaft link, radius arms, coil springs
Brakes4-wheel disc, rear inboard

Model Dimensions

 3.8 Litre Series 1
Length (in)175.5
Width (in)64.25
Height (in)47 (48 fhc)
Wheelbase (in)96
Front Track (in)50
Rear Track (in)50
Weight (Cwt)24
 4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Length (in)175.5 (184.5 2+2)
Width (in)66.75
Height (in)50.5 (2+2)
Wheelbase (in)96 (105 2+2)
Front Track (in)50
Rear Track (in)50
Weight (Cwt)25.1 (27.7 2+2)

Optional Extras

All Models

  • Choice or three radio installations with fitting kits
  • Two choices of bonnet-mounted wing mirrors
  • Locking petrol cap filler
  • Front seat safety belts
  • Clear glass rear door (fhc)
  • Sundym tinted glass
  • Detachable glass fibre hardtop for roadster model
  • Alternative choice of tyres
  • Chromium-plated wire wheels
  • Competition wire wheels

4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½

  • Rear seat safety belts for 2+2 model
  • Electrically heated rear screen for 2+2 model
  • Steering column lock and ignition switch

Chassis Numbers

ModelDriver SideChassis No. CommencedNumber made
E-type 3.8 OTSRHD850001942
E-type 3.8 OTSLHD8750016885
E-type 3.8 FHCRHD8600011798
E-type 3.8 FHCLHD8850015871
E-type Series 1 4.2 OTSRHD1E1001863
E-type Series 1 4.2 OTSLHD1E100015888
E-type Series 1 4.2 FHCRHD1E200011583
E-type Series 1 4.2 FHCLHD1E300014249
E-type Series 1 4.2 2+2RHD1E50001974
E-type Series 1 4.2 2+2LHD1E750012644
E-type Series 11/2 OTSRHD1E1864319
E-type Series 11/2 OTSLHD1E158892478
E-type Series 11/2 FHCRHD1E215844230
E-type Series 11/2 FHCLHD1E342501564
E-type Series 11/2 2+2RHD1E50975404
E-type Series 11/2 2+2LHD1E776451576

Series 1 Events

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The Jaguar Enthusiast' Club visit Hull in September.  For the first time, alongside a car show, we have a series of seminars on a range of topics including parts advice from SNG Barratt, oils from Millers Oils plus Jaguar memorabil...

The Jaguar Enthusiast' Club visit Hull in September.  For the first time, alongside a car show, we have a series of seminars on a r...

Mark Russell And Mark Gordon Cg

A day of classic racing at one of the best circuits in the UK. Join hundreds of car clubs and displays as well as get up close to racing legends.

A day of classic racing at one of the best circuits in the UK. Join hundreds of car clubs and displays as well as get up close to racing legends.

Club News

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Silverstone Classic 2017 was a real Jaguar experience this year. Over 400 Jaguars turned out to display on the Copse Banking area, a record number of XJ220's on track and the Jaguar Challenge made its first appearance at the event....

Silverstone Classic 2017 was a real Jaguar experience this year. Over 400 Jaguars turned out to display on the Copse Banking area, a record number ...

Cadwell Park Adam Powderham Pursues The Mid Field Pack

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

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Model Contacts

Art Lawrence

E-Type Forum Co-ordinator & E-Type Registrar

Tel: +44 07834 542403@: etype.jec@gmail.com

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