Rumors abounded as the Fifties ended about Jaguar's successor to the XK series. Unprecedented success at Le Mans with the C- and D-types had stoked enthusiasts' dreams. But when Jaguar introduced the XKE at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961 even the wildest concepts were rendered mundane. The sensation outdid even the XK 120's debut in London 12 years before. The sleek, svelte body evoked all the cues of the C- and D-type, rendered even more seductive under designer Malcolm Sayer's deft hand. Four wheel independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes, streamlined covered headlights and the 3.8 liter XK engine's renowned performance and flexibility translated into 150 mph performance comparable with the best of Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Maserati at half the price. The XKE would evolve through the next decade and a half, but the original Series I remains the most pure and satisfying. It’s textured anodized aluminum interior trim, white-on-black analog instruments and leather upholstery exemplifies Jaguar's determination to deliver comfort and a focused driver's environment without ostentation or excess cost. This 1962 Series I XKE is an early model with welded hood louvres, flat floors and inside bonnet latches. It has been attractively cosmetically restored with its original block and later cylinder head in bright red with matching leather upholstery and carpets and a black soft top. Equipped with a pushbutton AM radio, chrome wire wheels and black wall tires it has the aggressive, sleek look of the famed D-type based XKSS roadsters. In 1961 Road & Track magazine's Henry N. Manney, Jr. called the XKE the world's greatest crumpet-catcher. This Series I XKE is what he was writing about, and it still is.
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