Jaguar E-type 3.8



2015-06-26 11:05:47

The Jaguar E-type 3.8 is a classic car manufactured between 1961 and 1964

In total, 15498 were manufactured in this time.

With a low launch price of just £2098 and in such high numbers, the E-type 3.8 Roadster was very popular and quickly became an icon of 1960s motoring.

Notable sales

RM Auctions offered a 1963 Jaguar Series I E-Type 3.8 Roadster in January 2007 at its Vintage Motor Cars sale in Arizona. It eventually realised $132,000, within its estimate of $125,000-132,000.

In 2007, Barrett-Jackson auctioned a titanium grey 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster Coupe for $88,000.

Gooding & Co. sold a 1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster in 2010 for $110,000.



Development of the E-type actually started as a race car program. As the prototypes were built and tested, circumstances and the racing world changed and the project eventually became a road car. A prototype (known as the E2A) was raced on a limited basis.

A major milestone achieved by the project was the development of an independent rear suspension, which became one of the many high points in the design of the E-type.

Introduced in 1961, the E-type 3.8 roadster first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show. The car appeared less than 13 years after the first Jaguar sports car was launched, the XK120 in 1948. The success that the XK120 and the subsequent XK140 and XK150s enjoyed, coupled with Jaguar’s amazing successes at Le Mans in the 1950s, meant the company was already world renowned when the E-type was introduced at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.

Jaguar described the model as being “developed from the famous “C” and “D” type sports-racing cars” because it has a monocoque at the rear half of the car and a tubular chassis frame in front similar to the D-type.

The first 500 cars built had flat floors and external hood latches, after the first 500 the outside bonnet lockings were dropped in favour of an internal release mechanism, the flat floors were changed to ditched floors later on in production. These models are more rare and valuable than the later models which had ditched floors to provide more leg room.

The list of mechanical features was, for 1961, very advanced: a double overhead cam engine, fully independent rear suspension and four wheel disc brakes (inboard at the rear no less, an exotic touch usually found only on race cars).

In late 1964, Jaguar updated the engine from 3.8 litres to 4.2 litres, which had noticeably more torque but retained the top speed of 150mph. Additional refinements included better seats, revised dashboard and arm rests and a storage compartment on the transmission tunnel, and an improved brake servo are the most noticeable of differences.

Defining Features

The E-type 3.8 can be recognised by the following features:
• Glass covered headlights (up to 1967).
• Small "mouth" opening at the front.

  • Bucket seats

• Signal lights and taillights above bumpers.
• Exhaust tips are under the license plate in the rear.

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