E-Type History (in Short)The 3,8 litre, 1961 - 1964
The E-Type 3.8 was the first "E" type. It came as OTS (Open Two Seater) and FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) versions. launched at the Geneva car show in March 1961, it was a sensation. Equipped with the triple-carburettor 3.8 litre XK engine from the XK150, but with a new sexy body (designed by aerodynamics engineer Malcolm Sayer) made it capable of nearly 150 MPH (240 KmH). Had diskbrakes all-round, and was fitted with IRS (Independent Rear Suspension) to give it the roadholding to match its performance.
The 4,2 litre series 1, 1964 - 1967
The E-Type 4.2 'series 1, came in OTS (Open Two Seater), FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and 2+2 versions. The body was the same as the 3.8's (except the 2+2, which was 9 inches longer, The most important of these were the use of a new all-synchromesh 4-speed gearbox, the enlargement of the engine to 4.2 litre capacity -giving more torque-, better brakeservo, and ergonomically better seats. The dashboard and tunnel were changed from aluminium to respectively a black finish and full trim.
The 2+2 was a succesfull effort from Jaguar to make the "E" type a viable family saloon alternative; it had a rear seat, and because the wheelbase was longer, an automatic gearbox could be fitted.
The 4,2 litre series 2, 1968 - 1973
The E-Type 4.2 series 2 came in OTS (Open Two Seater), FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and 2+2 versions. The outer appearance of the car changed: bigger bumpers, larger 'mouth' for extra cooling and to accustom the optional airconditioner, larger taillights located below the bumper, frontlights 2 inches moved forward. The brakes were uprated, a dual cooling fan fitted. Powersteering was now available as an option on all models. The 2+2's front screen was altered by changing the rake to give a smoother look. The engine on USA bound versions was de-tuned as a result of various emission control measures.
The 5,3 litre V12, 1973 - 1975
The E-Type 5.3 Series 3 came in OTS (Open Two Seater) and 2+2 versions. Big changes this time moving away from being a Sports Car, bigg bumpers, flared wheelarches, a chrome grille, and a The brakes were uprated (vented discs at the front), OTS was now based on the large 2+2 floorpan, an automatic gearbox was an option on this model too. Powersteering was standard, and the wooden steering wheel was replaced by a one with leather rim.