Introduced at the 1961 Geneva Auto Show, the Jaguar XKE (also known as the “E-type”) caused a reaction never seen on the auto show circuit before or since. Initially, the XKE was built as a car that could be driven to the racetrack and raced by the owner. Jaguar instead turned their attention on the road going aspects of the car. Nevertheless, the XKE remained highly successful on the track. Graham Hill took first place in the Jaguar’s debut race. The competition was fierce, with Jaguar besting the finest race cars that Aston Martin and Ferrari had to offer.
The car’s initial design was conceived not by an automobile designer but an expert in the field of aeronautics, Malcolm Sayer. Sayers’ first concern was the aerodynamics of the car. Most surprisingly, the aesthetic appeal of the XKE was actually a secondary concern! Even though the looks of the XKE were not as important to the designer as the aerodynamic shape, the E-type is still considered to be one of the most beautiful cars ever built.
Don’t be fooled, however, the XKE is no wallflower. The car’s performance was astounding. With blindingly quick acceleration and a top speed of nearly one hundred and fifty miles per hour, the XKE’s performance caused as much sensation as its inspiring looks.
This particular example is a perfect candidate for a concours quality restoration. A desirable series I car, this XKE has spent its entire life in the American Southwest. The floor and trunk area are in excellent shape and the numbers matching engine and transmission were rebuilt and the car does start and run.