Whether you call it an 1960 jaguar or an XKE, this sublime rear-wheel drive grand tourer stirred passions in automotive aficionados the world over when it was introduced at the Geneva Salon in 1961. Based on the company’s racing D-type, which had won Le Mans through 1956 and 1957, it was a sensational success, reviving Jaguar’s image and launching a golden age for its sports cars.
Initially available as a two-seat convertible roadster (OTS) and as a fixed head coupe, later a longer wheelbase 2+2 version was added to the line-up. The 3.8-litre XK engine produced 265 brake horsepower, providing the sexy Jaguar with a top speed of 150 miles per hour.
The Golden Era: Jaguar Cars of the 1960s
This example, chassis 77 RW, was built in late March of 1961, on the cutting edge of production. The factory had not yet implemented any of the design changes that would make Series 1 Jaguars so distinct. A knowledgeable collector might recognize the covered headlamps, external bonnet latches and flat floors as early Series 1, while a specialist could also point out the slender shape of the door handles that was changed after only 300 examples were built.
In its present form, this is a stunning and very original car. Finished in heritage correct Opalescent Gunmetal over a French Grey hood and dark red interior, it has been beautifully restored and boasts a superb shine that can only be obtained through careful use. A re-chromed windscreen and the requisite bumpers are also in place.