Jaguar XKE Sports Cars
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1964 Jaguar XKE Series 1 Coupe.
265 bhp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with torsion bars, double wishbones and anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with coil springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes.
Today, many sports car enthusiasts rightly consider the landmark
E-Type one of the finest sporting cars of the 20th century, bar
none. Jaguar artfully merged the lessons from competition with the
design for its new road car, with the E-Types monocoque passenger
compartment/tail section with a tube-framed engine bay and tilting
bonnet all inspired by the Le Mans-conquering D-Type. However, the
E-Types well-appointed interior, a civilized 3.8-liter XK engine
(directly from the XK 150S) and compliant suspension made it an ideal
two-place touring car. While continuously developed and produced among
three basic series, the original Series I cars are the most highly
prized for their exceptional purity of line, stunning performance and
265 hp, 3,781 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, twin coil springs, and telescopic shock absorbers, and four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96 in.
Whether you referred to it as an E-Type or XKE, this Jaguar was most assuredly the sexiest car of the 1960s. It followed the Jaguar formulasensational looks and sensational performancewhich had been introduced so successfully with the XK120 in 1949 that it was restated with vigor in 1961. The youthful curves of the XK120 had matured with the XK150, while the E-Type made Jaguar young and exciting once again. Replacing the voluptuousness of the former car was the sleekness of the new one. What remained, however, was the undeniable sex appeal of the Jaguar formula.
The E-Type was preceded by the competition D-Type of the mid-1950s
and its short-lived production version, the XKSS of 1957. Like the
D-Type, the new car used monocoque construction: The front of the
chassis featured a space-frame with steel tubes that supported the
engine, the front suspension, and the hinged hood and fender assembly,
which lifted to provide virtually unlimited engine access. The proven
twin-cam inline six-cylinder engine of the former 150S, a four-wheel
independent suspension, and disc brakes at each corner were featured,
and 150 mph was also promised; all of this for a of only 6,000!
The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a rear-wheel drive grand tourer in two-seater coup form (FHC or Fixed Head Coup) and as a two-seater convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). A "2+2" four-seater version of the coup, with a lengthened wheelbase, was released several years later. On its release Enzo Ferrari called it "The most beautiful car ever made."
Later model updates of the E-Type were officially designated "Series 2" and "Series 3", and over time the earlier cars have come to be referred to as, sensibly, "Series 1" and "Series 1".
The New York City Museum of Modern Art recognized the significance of the E-Type's design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only six automobiles to receive this distinction.
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