• Wonderful “barn find” discovered after 30 years of storage
• Factory-original colors; accompanied by JDHT certificate
• Retains matching numbers, 9:1 compression engine
• Most desirable and highly collectible Series I example
• Enduring design and engineering tour de force on all counts
Engine No: R9587-9
3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, 265 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with torsion bars, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes; wheelbase: 96"
Reporting on the action at the introduction of the new Jaguar XKE at the March 1961 Geneva Salon, Autosport magazine’s show correspondent announced “The E-Type Jaguar has made its electrifying appearance, and at one stride Britain takes the lead in the Grand Touring market of Europe.” The next month, the XKE followed up on its Geneva triumph, stealing the show in New York. Ever since then, the XKE, alternatively known as the E-Type, has earned almost universal praise from critics and enthusiasts alike for its overall design excellence, race-bred performance, and sensuous bodylines that continue to captivate all who experience it. The XKE is also renowned as one of only a small handful of automobiles placed on permanent display at New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Based upon a competition-style rigid steel monocoque body shell with the front suspension mounted upon a front subframe, the new XKE was clearly descended from the glorious D-Type sports racers that dominated Le Mans during the 1950s by winning three consecutive years spanning 1955 through 1957. The E-Type’s advanced and highly effective independent rear suspension was elegantly designed by Jaguar engineer Bob Knight and proven on the E1A development “mule,” also known as ‘XKE-101’ and the promising E2A sports-racer campaigned by Team Cunningham at Le Mans in 1960.
A highly functional and attractively sporting interior treatment and the well-developed, 3.8-litre DOHC ‘XK’ engine inherited directly from the outgoing XK150S made the XKE an ideal two-place Grand Touring car. Delivering breathtaking performance to match its appearance, the XKE gained immediate and lasting fame as the world’s first series-production sports car to finally break the magical 150-mph speed barrier – or very nearly do so, depending upon the source quoted. In fact, the XKE was one of very few automobiles capable of mounting a credible challenge to Ferrari’s vaunted 250 GT SWB and 250 GTO in racing tune. However, as famed British automotive journalist John Bolster wrote of the XKE, its “Figures are all very well, but these almost incredible times are recorded in a silky silence that has hitherto been utterly foreign to the sports car.”
E-Type production began with cars for Jaguar’s all-important export market in March 1961, followed by domestic production commencing in July. While the basic E-Type design kept pace with the changing times and regulatory environment throughout its run, the earlier Series I cars are particularly valuable and coveted today for their unadulterated performance, purposeful aircraft-type switchgear, and pure bodylines with sleek covered headlamps.
Verified by its corresponding Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this preserved Series I open Jaguar is a captivating find by the current owner after 30 years of barn storage on a private Arkansas estate. A 3.8-litre car retaining its factory-specified color combination, it also has the original engine, a high-specification unit with 9:1 compression. The interior appears to be preserved and a Blaupunkt AM radio is present. This first series, covered headlight example is a wonderful find for committed Jaguar enthusiasts and admirers everywhere.
1963 Jaguar XKE Series I OTS