the Jaguar E-Type (XKE) was introduced in the 3.8-liter form in May of 1961, wearing classic smooth lines, attractive appearances, and a top speed of 150 MPH.
The styling, coupled with 265 horsepower and a substantial weight saving of over 500 pounds on its immediate predecessor, the XK150 was a formidable combination.
The powerplant was the same 3.8-liter, triple-carburetor 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150.
Developed from that of the original XK120 sports car and refined in the racing D-Type, the double-wishbone, an independent front suspension was mounted on the forward subframe.
Evolutionary improvements resulted in the introduction of the 4.2-liter engine, fully synchronized gearbox
Jaguar built the E-Type in three series from 1961 to 1975. Series I cars were introduced in March of 1961 and initially intended for export only.
Series 2 cars had numerous improvements to comply with the U.S. National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration mandate, including the absence of the glass headlight covers
the addition of a wrap-around rear bumper, an enlarged grille, twin electric fans, larger front indicators, and tail lights repositioned below the bumpers.
The 1965 Jaguar XKE was powered by an inline dual-overhead-cam six-cylinder engine with a cast-iron block and aluminum-alloy head.
It displaced 4,235cc (258.4 CID / 4.2 Liters), had solid valve lifters, three SU side-draft carburetors, 9.0:1 compression, seven main bearings
In fact, the first 20 cars off the line were allocated to customers who made their racing intentions clear.
In 1963, the GT class was elevated to Manufacturers' Championship status, prompting Jaguar to develop a small batch of lightweight cars to challenge Ferrari.1964 Jaguar XKE
Ferrari had used similar tactics with its limited edition 250 GTO, claiming that they were re-bodied 250 GTs.
The lightweight versions used the aluminum versions of the E-Type's monocoque tub and outer body panels and the engine received an alloy cylinder block
These changes increased horsepower to over 300 bhp. Initially, the production four-speed gearbox was used but changed towards the end of 1963 with a ZF five-speed unit.