This guide has been written for the Series 1.5 E-Type (XK-E) Jaguar, referring specifically to the 1968 model year vehicles produced for the US and Canadian markets. With respect to right hand drive ("RHD") markets, we have undertaken a large survey of vehicles and concluded that RHD markets did not receive the Series 1.5 specification cars throughout the 1968 model year. Rather, RHD markets received a closer continuation of the Series 1, known unofficially as the Series 1.25 (essentially a Series 1 vehicle in every respect, with the exception of open headlights). If you're looking for information on the earlier Series 1 E-Type, follow this link to the Classic Register's Series 1 E-Type Jaguar ID-Guide.
Although not officially recognised as a distinct series by Jaguar, the Series 1.5 cars are unique as they contain certain features of both the Series 1 and Series 2 cars. The Series 1.5 name has therefore been broadly adopted to categorise these particular vehicles.
E-Type (XK-E) Series 1.5 period of manufacture and production numbers:
Approximately 5,621 vehicles were produced within the chassis number range for the Series 1.5 E-Type, all of which were built between August 1967 and July 1968 (The Series 2 was then produced from August 1968). The breakdown of production numbers has been outlined in the table below for each body type:
|Series 1.5 body style||Number built:|
|Fixed Head Coupe (LHD)||1,565|
|2 + 2 Coupe (LHD)||1,577|
These production numbers have been taken from xkedata.com, and represent the series 1.5 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 individual 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 Series 1 E-Type Jaguar had the following interior features. As noted where applicable below, certain features and finishes are different depending on the model year.
The following interior colours (and their associated paint colour) were available on the 1968 Series 1.5 Jaguar.
These colours have been cross-referenced against several sources, however, there may be exceptions. If any readers have additional information (including original colour charts), please get in contact with us so we can improve this section. Examples of each interior colour listed below have been provided in the images.
|Paint colour||Available interior colours|
|Beige||Red, Tan, Light Tan (biscuit), Suede Green|
|Black||Red, Grey, Tan, Light Tan (biscuit)|
|British Racing Green||Beige, Tan, Light Tan (biscuit), Suede Green|
|Carmen Red||Red, Black, Beige|
|Dark Blue||Red, Grey, Light Blue|
|Golden Sand||Red, Light Tan (biscuit)|
|Opalescent Silver-Blue||Dark Blue, Grey|
|Opalescent Silver-Grey||Red, Grey, Light Blue, Dark Blue|
|Opalescent Maroon||Beige, Maroon|
|Pale Primrose||Black, Beige|
|Warwick Grey||Red, Dark Blue, Light Tan (biscuit)|
|Willow Green||Grey, Beige, Suede Green, Light Tan (biscuit)|
A full list of paint colours and codes for the Series 1.5 is provided in the table below. This list has been cross-checked against many sources, however, exceptions may still exist.
The Jaguar code (if available), and the equivalent Ditzler/Dupont codes are provided, and examples of each colour have been labelled in the images.
|Paint colour||Jaguar paint code||PPG / Ditzler code||Dupont code|
|British Racing Green||602||43907||8542L|
|Opalescent Silver-Grey||31627 (PPG)||31627||8315L|
|Warwick Grey *||703||32522||8321L|
*Note: Although several sources confirm Warwick Grey was available on the Series 1.5, we have not sighted a car in this colour. If any readers have an example, please send in an image so we can improve this section.
Car number (chassis number) format:
The Series 1.5 cars had a 6 digit Car Number within the ranges identified in the table below, differing based on the body style of the car. Note that the numbering prefix format "1E" was carried over from the Series 1, 4.2 cars (officially, the Series 1.5 was not considered a distinct series by Jaguar).
|Body type||Car number range|
|Open Two Seater (LHD)||1E15889 - 1E18368|
|Fixed Head Coupe (LHD)||1E34250 - 1E35815|
|2+2 Fixed Head Coupe (LHD)||1E77645 - 1E79222|
Car Number Location:
The car number can be found in two locations (noting that we've anonymised the end of each number for privacy):
1. Stamped into 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 box 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 1.5 E-type. The Series 1.5 inherited the same rules as applied to the late Series 1 (4.2l) cars in terms of body number format. Unfortunately, however, we have not been able to confirm the specific range of body numbers that were applied to the Series 1.5 cars. Nonetheless, the body number format for the Series 1.5 should conform to the below rules:
|Body style||Body number format|
|Open two seater||4E followed by a 4-digit body number (starting at 1001)|
|Fixed head coupe||4E followed by a 5-digit body number (starting at 20001)|
|2+2 fixed head coupe||4E followed by a 5-digit body number (starting at 50001)|
Body number location:
The body number can be found in several locations (each is further described in the images):
1. Stamped into the vehicle's data plate.
2. Embossed on a small plate/tag riveted into the body. On a Series 1.5, this is usually located on the panel behind the rear licence plate. The number will be stamped into a small plate riveted to the body.
3. Stamped into the bonnet of the car, on the forward support brace.
4. Hand written in multiple locations: This may include the rear hatch (behind the trim), right or left front firewall, top of picture frame (above the fan), 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.
Engine & Transmission Number
The engine number applied to the E-Type Jaguar Series 1.5 carried over the same number format from the Series 1 4.2l cars, as outlined below:
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.
The transmission number for a Series 1.5 E-type will depend on the vehicle body style and the transmission type (auto/manual) as outlined below:
OTS and FHC (available in manual transmission only):
- EJ, followed by a 5-digit number (close ratio gearbox)
- EE, followed by a 4-digit number.
- KE, followed by a 3 or 4 digit number.
2 + 2 FHC:
Manual transmission: EJS, followed by a 5-digit number (close ratio gearbox).
Automatic transmission: 5-digit number beginning with 2.
Transmission number location (See images for examples):
1. Stamped into the vehicle chassis plate.
2. Stamped into the gearbox casing in two locations.
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.
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