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 Ratio 9:1 (8:1 optional)
BHP 265
@ RPM 5500
Torque (lb ft) 260
@ RPM 4000
Fuelling 3x SU carbs
  4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Engine (cc) 4235
Bore and Stroke (mm) 92.07 x 106
Compression Ratio 9:1 (8:1 optional)
BHP 265
@ RPM 5400
Torque (lb ft) 283
@ RPM 4000
Fuelling 3x SU carbs

Engine Performance

  3.8 Litre Series 1
Top Speed 149.1 mph
0 - 60 mph 7.1 seconds
Fuel Consumption 19.7 mpg
  4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Top Speed 150 (136.2 2+2) mph
0 - 60 mph 7.0 (8.9 2+2) seconds
Fuel Consumption 18.5 (18.3 2+2) mpg

Model Specifications

  3.8 Litre Series 1
Transmission 4-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
Brakes 4-wheel disc, rear inboard
  4.2 Litre Series 1 and 1½
Transmission 4-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
Brakes 4-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

Model Driver Side Chassis No. Commenced Number made
E-type 3.8 OTS RHD 850001 942
E-type 3.8 OTS LHD 875001 6885
E-type 3.8 FHC RHD 860001 1798
E-type 3.8 FHC LHD 885001 5871
E-type Series 1 4.2 OTS RHD 1E1001 863
E-type Series 1 4.2 OTS LHD 1E10001 5888
E-type Series 1 4.2 FHC RHD 1E20001 1583
E-type Series 1 4.2 FHC LHD 1E30001 4249
E-type Series 1 4.2 2+2 RHD 1E50001 974
E-type Series 1 4.2 2+2 LHD 1E75001 2644
E-type Series 11/2 OTS RHD 1E1864 319
E-type Series 11/2 OTS LHD 1E15889 2478
E-type Series 11/2 FHC RHD 1E21584 4230
E-type Series 11/2 FHC LHD 1E34250 1564
E-type Series 11/2 2+2 RHD 1E50975 404
E-type Series 11/2 2+2 LHD 1E77645 1576

Series 1 Events

Lcconline

The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products.

The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products.

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The Restoration Show returns for its 5th year and we return with more advice and demonstrations that you may face restoring or maintaining your Jaguar. ...

The Restoration Show returns for its 5th year and we return with more advice and demonstrations that you may face restoring or maintaining your Jag...

Club News

F Type

We are immensely proud that our Windsor event raised £105,000 for The Princes Trust, and was also voted 'Club Event of the Year'. Tonight we will be handing over the proceeds to the Trust, read more below.

We are immensely proud that our Windsor event raised £105,000 for The Princes Trust, and was also voted 'Club Event of the Year'. Tonight we will be handing over the proceeds to the Trust, read more below.

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The classic car season culminates in the indoor event of the year for the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club as we scoop the "Event of the Year 2017" award. The end of season event was the perfect time to celebrate all the hard work that the team at the JEC...

The classic car season culminates in the indoor event of the year for the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club as we scoop the "Event of the Year 2017" award. ...

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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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