This guide has been written for the Series 1 E-Type Jaguar (known as the XK-E in the US) produced between 1961 and 1967, and covers both the 3.8l and 4.2l cars. The Series 1 cars are particularly desirable, and typically demand higher prices than later series vehicles in the E-Type range, being seen by enthusiasts as the most asthetically and mechanically pure vehicles.
For clarity in understanding the vehicles covered in this guide, it is important to note that several changes occurred to the E-Type from August 1967, and cars made between August 1967 and throughout 1968 are regarded as a distinct series within the Jaguar community, known as the Series 1.5. The Series 1.5 cars have been outlined in a separate guide. Follow this link to view the information guides on other series vehicles in the E-Type range.
This guide includes information on exterior features, interior features, mechanical features, as well as details of the engine, body and chassis numbers applicable to the Series 1 E-Type, to assist in the identification of a genuine vehicle. If you have additional information or photographs you believe could benefit this guide, please contact us by clicking the button at the top of this page, or comment below.
E-Type (XK-E) Series 1: period of manufacture and production numbers:
|3.8 litre (Series 1):||Number built:||4.2 litre (Series 1):||Number built:|
|Roadster (LHD): February 1961 - September 1964||6,886||Roadster (LHD): October 1964 – July 1967||5,888|
|Roadster (RHD): February 1961 - September 1964||942||Roadster (RHD): October 1964 – July 1967||863|
|Fixed Head Coupe (LHD): February 1961 – September 1964||5,872||Fixed Head Coupe (LHD): October 1964 – July 1967||4,249|
|Fixed Head Coupe (RHD): July 1961 – September 1964||1,798||Fixed Head Coupe (RHD): October 1964 – July 1967||1,583|
|2 + 2 Coupe (LHD): March 1966 – July1967||2,644|
|2 + 2 Coupe (RHD): March 1966 – July1967||974|
*These production numbers have been taken from xkedata.com.
|Total Series 1 (3.8 litre)||15,498|
|Total Series 1 (4.2 litre)||16,201|
|TOTAL Series 1||31,699|
These figures are out of a total of 72,507 E-Type’s produced across all series 1 - 3.
Please note, this guide has been written based on a variety of online sources and enthusiast input. You should not rely on this guide to make any purchasing decision and we make no representation that all information is accurate. You should always seek independent professional advice when looking to purchase a unique car. Please follow us on Facebook to support the production and continued improvement of these guides.
The below table outlines the factory paint and interior colours available with the Series 1 E-Type Jaguar. These have been cross-checked as best as possible, however, exceptions may exist (including special order cars), and the data may not be 100% accurate See references at the base of this guide for further information. If you are aware of any corrections or additions needed, please contact us.
|Paint colour||Available interior colours||Series 1 years available|
|Black||Red, Grey, Tan, Light Tan||1961 - 1967|
|British Racing Green||Suede Green, Beige, Tan, Light Tan||1961 - 1964, 1967|
|Bronze||Beige, Red, Tan||1961 - 1964|
|Carmen Red||1961-1962: (Buiscuit, Red) 1963 - 1967: (Black)||1961 - 1967|
|Claret||Beige||1961 - 1962|
|Cotswald Blue||Dark Blue||1961 - 1964|
|Cream||1961 - 1962: (Cream, Red), 1963 - 1967: (Red, Black)||1961 - 1967|
|Dark Blue||Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Grey||1965 - 1967|
|Golden Sand||Red, Light Tan, Black||1962 - 1967|
|Imperial Maroon||Tan||1961 - 1962|
|Indigo||Red, Light Blue||1961 - 1962|
|Mist Grey||Red||1961 - 1964|
|Old English White||Red, Black||1961 - 1967|
|Pale Primrose||Black, Beige||1964 - 1967|
|Opalescent Dark Blue||1961 - 1962: (Dark Blue, Red) 1963 - 1964: (Grey, Dark Blue)||1961 - 1964|
|Opalescent Silver Blue||Grey, Dark Blue, Red||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Dark Green||Suede Green, Beige, Tan, Light Tan, Black||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Silver Gray||Red, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Grey, Black||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Gunmetal||Red, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Beige||1961 - 1964|
|Opalescent Maroon||Maroon, Beige, Black||1963 - 1967|
|Sand||Black, Beige||1963 - 1964|
|Sherwood Green||Suede Green, Tan, Light Tan||1961 - 1964|
|Warwick Grey||Red, Dark Blue, Light Tan, Black||1965 - 1967|
|Willow Green||Grey, Beige, Suede Green, Light Tan||1967|
The below table outlines the factory paint colours available on the Series 1 E-Type Jaguar, and the years in which they are believed to have been offered. We have also included PPG and British Leyland paint codes, which may be useful if a Jaguar code cannot be found (which was the case for several colours, despite out best research efforts). We have done our best to confirm the accuracy of these colours by cross-checking against many original cars and sources, however, exceptions may exist, and we cannot guarantee the accuracy of these colours and codes.
|Paint Colour||Jaguar Paint Code||PPG / Ditzler Code||Dupont Code||Series 1 Years available|
|Black||9000 (PPG)||9000||99L||1961 - 1967|
|British Racing Green||602||43907||8542L||1961 - 1964, 1967|
|Bronze||25458||22189||-||1961 - 1964|
|Carmine Red||303||70824||8311LH||1961 - 1967|
|Claret||50552 (PPG)||50552||IC183H||1961 - 1962|
|Cotswald Blue||7411A||12199||-||1961 - 1964|
|Cream||2335A||8157||8313L||1961 - 1967|
|Dark Blue||529||13141||8320L||1965 - 1967|
|Golden Sand||802||22346||8318L||1962 - 1967|
|Imperial Maroon||7420||50553||-||1961 - 1962|
|Indigo||7412A||12119||12119||1961 - 1962|
|Mist Grey||31904 (PPG)||31904||-||1961 - 1964|
|Old English White||250||8233||32501L||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Maroon||-||50629||8317LH||1963 - 1967|
|Pale Primrose||104||81499||8319L||1964 - 1967|
|Opalescent Dark Blue||7409A||-||1961 - 1964|
|Opalescent Silver Blue||7410S||12594||8316L||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Dark Green||-||43022||8314L||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Grey Silver||31627 (PPG)||-||8315L||1961 - 1967|
|Opalescent Gunmetal||7402A||32222||-||1961 - 1964|
|Opalescent Maroon||7421A||-||8317LH||1963 - 1967|
|Sand||-||-||-||1963 - 1964|
|Sherwood Green||605||42596||8312L||1961 - 1964|
|Warwick Grey||703||32522||8321L||1965 - 1967|
Chassis number / car number format:
The chassis number format differs between 3.8l and 4.2l cars, as outlined below.
3.8 litre cars (1961 - 1964):
|Body Style||Chassis number range|
|RHD Open Two Seaters (943)||850001 - 850943|
|RHD Fixed Head Coupes (1,799)||860001 - 861799|
|LHD Open Two Seaters (6,887)||875001 - 881887|
|LHD Fixed Head Coupes (5,873)||885001 - 890873|
4.2 litre cars (1965 - 1967):
|Body Style||Chassis number range|
|RHD Open Two Seaters (1,183)||1E 1001 – 1E 1863|
|LHD Open Two Seaters (8,367)||1E 10001 – 1E 15979|
|RHD Two Seater Coupe (1,956)||1E 20001 – 1E 21583|
|LHD Two Seater Coupe (5,814)||1E 30001 – 1E 34582|
|RHD 2 + 2 Coupe (1,379)||1E 50001 – 1E 50974|
|LHD 2 + 2 Coupe (4,220)||1E 75001 – 1E 77708|
Car number / chassis number Location:
The number is stamped in 2 locations (see images for details):
1. On the vehicle's data plate, which sits on the right hand side of the engine bay, below the fuel bowl/filter.
2. Stamped into the top of the square frame next to the right front wheel (the cross member above the hydraulic shock absorber mounting).
Body numbers can also assist in identifying a Series 1 car. Body number formats changed throughout the years, with certain number ranges applicable to the 3.8l and 4.2l cars, and certain prefixes applied to the different body styles. These are outlined below:
3.8 litre cars:
4.2 litre cars:
Body number location:
The body number can be found in multiple locations (see examples of each in the images):
1. Stamped into the vehicle's data plate.
2. Embossed on a small plate/tag riveted into the body, which may be in one of several locations. Early cars (dates unspecified) may have a body tag and number on the engine bay firewall. Other locations include behind the rear licence plate and in the left side inner trunk panel (under the trim/above the fuel tank area on the inner mudguard). Some early cars have reportedly had more than 1 tag.
3. Stamped into the bonnet of the car, on the forward support brace.
4. Hand written on multiple locations, including the rear hatch (behind the trim), right or left front firewall, top of picture frame (above the fan), inside the rear hatch, behind the instrument cluster and underside of the dash-pad. There may be additional locations, as this was simply a number written on parts to assist in allocating them to the correct body.
The engine number for an E Type Jaguar Series 1 should be in the following format:
Location of engine number:
The engine number will be stamped in the following locations (see images for a better description):
The engine capacity is also cast into the side of the engine block, along with the engine casting date, as shown in the images. This data can assist further in confirming the identity of an E-type engine.
The gearbox/transmission number on a Series 1 E-type will depend on the vehicle's age, with the early 3.8l cars fitted with different gearboxes than the later 4.2l cars. The different numbers are outlined below:
Note: Some 2+2's also had a suffix of "BW" in front of their chassis number. This indicates a Borg-Warner automatic transmission. However, not all automatic cars had the suffix. Several sources have suggested "EE" was also a gearbox prefix applied to the E-type after 1965. However, we have viewed an extensive number of data plates for vehicles and have not been able to track down any examples. If you have more information, please contact us.
Location of gearbox number:
The gearbox number will appear on the vehicle's data plate, as well as in the following locations on the gearbox itself:
We have started collecting several examples of original brochures / advertisements for the Series 1 E-Type / XK-E, and the intention is to display these here for historical purposes.
If anyone has copies of early documentation, such as brochures, advertisements or specification sheets, please contact us so we can display the information.
Please note, all documentation placed here is not owned by Classic Register, and is for historical reference and educational purposes only. Upon request from any original copyright owner, the material will be removed.
The following sources, among input from many owners and enthusiasts, have contributed to the creation of this page. If you have any further information you believe can be added, please let us know by contacting us or commenting at the base of this page.
Crespin, C. (2007). Jaguar E-Type: The Essential Buyer's Guide, Veloce publishing.