After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with its D-type, Jaguar was concerned that its newest technology had not passed down to its road cars.
Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold June 23-25 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Northeast Auction.
After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 with its D-type, Jaguar was concerned that its newest technology had not passed down to its road cars. As a result, the XK-E, or E-type, was created and delivered a combination of performance and style at an affordable price in 1961.
To showcase Jaguar’s winning technology, the XK-E had independent suspension on all four wheels, with torsion bars in the front and coil-over shocks in the rear, as well as Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels, and rack-and-pinion steering.
Series 1 XK-Es were powered by a 3.8-liter engine rated at 265 horsepower and were capable of attaining speeds of 150 miles per hour, in part due to aerodynamics that also made the cars quiet at speed.
Just 300 early Series 1 XK-E cars had flat floors and a welded louver panel on each side of the hood, a feature modified after 500 cars had been built by moving hood latches to the inside of the car.
Offered with a reserve at Barrett-Jackson’s inaugural Northeast auction is this 1962 Jaguar XK-E Series 1 roadster, lot 702, with matching numbers and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate.
The Series 1 roadster offered showcases the early-production flat-floor and has been given a new convertible top that highlights the cars original colors of Carmen Red with a black leather interior.
Additionally, the car has 80,000 original miles on the 3.8-liter engine mated to a 4-speed manual transmission.