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Jaguar E-type 3.8 litre Roadster


Produced: 1961-1964, 7827 produced.
Types: Sports,2 doors,2 seats
Jaguar E-type 3.8 litre Roadster (1962, front view)

Launched alongside the fixed head coupe version the E-type 3.8 Roadster first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. The new car took the motoring world by storm, never before had a genuine supercar been available for such a low price and in such numbers. The 3.8 E-type ( or Series 1 as it is now referred to ) made use of the legendary XK series twin cam engine. This engine combined with the E-types aerodynamic shape produced startling performance figures for the time, early press reports claimed 150mph top speeds! The 3.8 Series 1 E-types sold well from the moment production started until their replacement in 1964 by the 4.2 version. Many enthusiasts prefer the Series I 3.8 cars with their covered headlamps and lighter appearance, early cars had a rather crude "Moss Box" transmission which was later replaced by a more refined unit.

Buyer Guide - Jaguar E-Type (1961-1974) featured in Practical Classics June 2011 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click Here to view.

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3781ccS6 DOHCJaguar XK87mm x 106mm9

Fuel System




Drivetrain and Suspension

DrivetrainSteeringFront SuspensionRear Suspension


Top Speed0-60SQMMPGEngine PwrComment
149 mph7 s0 s20 mpg265 bhp 5500




WheelbaseFront TrackRear TrackLengthWidthWeight (CWT)Turning Circle
8' 0"4' 2"4' 2"14' 7"5' 4" 0 (24)0' 0"

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