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1961 Jaguar E-type

SI 3.8 Flat Floor FHC

Vehicle values by condition

Fair
Condition 4
£68,920
#4 cars are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped.
Good
Condition 3
£93,310
#3 cars could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 car, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior.
Excellent
Condition 2
£99,780
#2 cars could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 cars that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws.
Concours
Condition 1
£125,000
#1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best car, unmodified, in the right colours, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours.
Insurance premium for a
1961 Jaguar E-type SI 3.8 Flat Floor FHC
valued at £93,310
£413.01 / year*

History of the 1961 - 1962 Jaguar E-type

1961 - 1962 Jaguar E-type
1961 - 1962 Jaguar E-type

The Jaguar E-Type stunned the automotive world when it debuted at the 1961 Geneva Salon. Chief Jaguar tester Norman Dewis drove the elegant coupe through the night to Switzerland, then spent his time giving rides to astonished journalists.

The E-Type was designed by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer and William Lyons, and adopted many of the styling cues of the D-Type, this time in steel. The bonnet was one-piece and hinged forward; there were front and rear sub-frames and the centre section was immensely strong. Headlights were cowled, and taillights stripped across the rear bumpers. Throaty dual pipes exited in the centre, but the noise was far behind the driver, and the E-Type was much quieter inside than the XK150.

Performance was impressive. The 3.8-litre, 265 bhp DOHC engine delivered 0-60 mph in 6.5 seconds, 0-100 mph in 16.2 seconds and a top speed of just under 150 mph. Triple wipers kept the windscreen clear until about 110 mph. The E-Type was fitted with independent suspension and disc brakes all round; with the rear brakes inconveniently inboard. All for £2098 for either Coupe or the OTS (Open Two-Seater), which also offered a removable hard top.

The dash was crammed with gauges, with a row of toggle switches below them. Seats were leather and the precise rack-and-pinion steering encouraged drivers to power out of corners. However it was hard to heel-and-toe on the early “flat floor cars” and the old Moss crash box was tricky. By the time the Series I was replaced by the Series II in 1964, these problems had been resolved.

Production of Series I roadsters totalled 7,669 units, with 7,827 of those being coupes.

The Jaguar E-Type received a boost in engine size in 1964, with the introduction of the 4.2-litre 6-cylinder engine. Torque increased to 283 lb-ft from 260, but horsepower stayed the same at 265 bhp. This would be the last model to be the same in UK and US specifications. After 1967, emissions and safety requirements in the US led to exposed headlights, bigger bumpers and lower rear axle gearing. When the triple SU carburetors were replaced by two Strombergs, power dropped to 171 bhp and top speed fell below 130 mph.

In many respects the 4.2-litre Series I is regarded as the best, and most user-friendly E-type model, with a new all-synchromesh gearbox replacing the much-grumbled-about Moss box, significant upgrades in electrical equipment, and better brakes. Everything that mattered remained the same as earlier cars, or was improved. A 2+2 coupe was introduced in 1966, but many have automatic transmissions, which limits their appeal.

Production of Series I 4.2-litre cars totaled 22,916; with 9,548 roadsters, 7,770 coupes and 5,598 2+2 coupes.

All 1961 Jaguar E-type body types

Year Make Model Submodel Body Type Average value
1961 Jaguar E-Type SI 3.8 Flat Floor FHC £ 68,920 93,310 99,780 125,000
1961 Jaguar E-Type SI 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster £ 85,720 96,040 104,000 162,000
1961 Jaguar E-Type SI 3.8 OSB FHC £ 344,000 363,000 382,000 451,000
1961 Jaguar E-Type SI 3.8 OSB Roadster £ 241,000 254,000 275,000 324,000
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