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1970 Jaguar XK-E Series II

The Jaguar E-Type (or the XKE as Americans call it) is arguably the most artistic and beautifully designed sports car of all time. I purchased the XKE from a friend in 2000 and slowly brought it to original show quality culminating in an AACA Senior Award at the 2004 National Meet, Melbourne, FL.

History:  "The Sexy XKE"


On April 1st, 1961, Jaguar unveiled the sensational E-Type sports car for the first time in the United States. The debut at New York's Fifth International Automobile Show attracted recored-breaking crowds, with 47,000eager spectators squeezing themselves into the Jaguar display area on the first day alone, The four show E-Types became almost obscured by people, causing the New York Time to report that, at times, it was impossible;e to walk through the area at all! Over the nine-day run of the show, more than 330,000 automotive enthusiasts viewed the stunning new 150 mile-per-hour Jaguars.

“When we launched E-Type to a car hungry America forty years ago, we couldn't have imagined the impact it would eventually have,” said Mike O'Driscoll, President of Jaguar North America. “The car has become an icon, representing Jaguar's constant desire to produce ever more attractive and fun-to-drive cars. As a styling exercise marvel, it embodies the true meaning of “The art of Performance'.”

The centerpiece of the New York Show exhibit was an opalescent bronze E-Type coupe, spinning slowly on a raised turntable above the crowd. Adding further glamor was actress and Playboy centerfold Marilyn Hanold, dressed in a shimmering gown, long white gloves, and a floor-length silk scarf.

The new Jaguar E-Type or XK-E as it became known in the U.S., broke new ground for a production car, and then some. Performance styling, comfort, refinement, price – never before had anything so fast, beautiful, advanced and affordable been offered to the car-buying public, So stunning were the looks, so sensational the performance, that the E-Type quickly became the automotive icon of the swinging sixties. Rock stars such as George Harrison owned one and Frank Sinatra even tried to buy the first roadster on the west coast.

The car was developed directly from the company's three-time Le-Mans-winning D-type race car and the 3.8-litre straight-six XK motor with dual overhead cams and triple carburetors came from the latest Jaguar XK 150S. With four-wheel disc brakes and precise rack and pinion steering, the new E-Type was a delight to drive compared with many high performance cars of the time, which tended to be heavy at low speeds and often harsh and incompliant over rough surfaces. Acceleration time under seven seconds and 0-60mph were on par with cars considered fast more than twenty years later.

Arguably the most indefinite and recognized Jaguar model ever, the E-type was – and remains – one of the most sought-after cars of all time. Its styling appears modern even today, and many of the cars today, and many of the car's features, like the faired-in glass-covered headlamps and four-wheel disc brakes, were far ahead of their time for a production car. When compared with the futuristic concept vehicles also exhibited at 1961's New York auto Show, like Ford's Gyron – a rocketship-shaped vehicle balanced on two inline wheels using a large gyroscope – the E-Type far more accurately foreshadowed the design and engineering trends of today's vehicles.

Forty years after the New York Auto Show introduction, these phenomenal automobiles are still guaranteed to draw interest everywhere. E-Types are consistently the most popular vehicles with readers of major collector car publications, and have been shown in surveys to be the car readers would most like to own. A testimony to their enduring virtues, E-Types are owned by some of the most influential automotive writers and prominent collectors worldwide

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Sable on Tan

Max. BHP    
246 @ 5500rpm

Bore x Stroke    
3.625 x 4.173 in.

Max. Torque    
263 lb.-ft. @ 3000rpm

Twin Zenith-Stromberg

Compression Ratio    
9 : 1


Twin OHC 6cyl. Inline

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