It first appeared as a concept in 1957, entered production in 1961, and after 14 years of being Jaguar’s most popular model, retired for a long hiatus. The Jaguar XKE, also dubbed the E-Type by most enthusiasts, is one of the British marque’s longest running model lines, and in 2014, it returned for one more go at sweeping design awards.
The first generation of the Jaguar XKE for sale was, at first, only available in export markets. With a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine capable of producing approximately 268 hp and 240 lb-ft, the Series 1 XKE was able to reach a top speed of 150 mph, an impressive number for the time. Exports of the model began in March 1961, and four months later it was available to customers in the United Kingdom.
The XKE Convertible, as well as the XKE Roadster, came as part of the first generation rather than waiting for a redesign later, and the design is just as stunning without a top as with one. The XKE’s second generation, Series Two, launched in 1968 and was produced until 1971, with the exterior design featuring a wrap-around bumper, uprated brakes and different placement of the indicators. The interior featured a redesigned dashboard and seats.
For the third generation, Series Three, the engine received a major upgrade. Produced from 1971-1975, this generation of the E-Type was available as either a coupe or roadster, with an unmistakable front grille. The inline-six design of Series Two was replaced, and the Jaguar XKE V12 was introduced. At 5.3-liters, the V12 was capable of creating 282 hp and 300 lb-ft, and appeared in Jaguar’s cars until 1982.
After Series Three stopped production in 1975, the XKE name remained silent for forty years before its revival. In 2014, Jaguar announced that it planned to finish creating its line of Lightweight E-Types. In production during 1963-1964, there were supposed to be 18 of the aluminum-heavy, racing-oriented car, but only 12 were ever created. The final six are Jaguar’s newest project.
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