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The Jaguar XK-E Roadster was an inspiration to Enzo Ferrari, who called the E-Type “the most beautiful car ever made.” In 2008, The Daily Telegraph agreed with Ferrari when it ranked the E-type first on a list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time. With its sleek design, flowing lines, and classic style it’s an inspiration to collectors and designers even today.
It’s no wonder that this car has appeared in 57 shows and won 57 1st place awards.
Jaguar only manufactured 5,143 cars in 1968 through all of its models combined. A rarity, this car was added to The JBS Collection in already mint condition when Jack B. Smith Jr. purchased it at auction. Despite the three other E-Types at the auction, Jack found himself bidding against a surprising opponent for this beautiful roadster: the Jaguar factory. It was the only E-Type of the three present that the Jaguar factory tried to purchase.
More Than Looks
Jaguar put its famous straight 6 (XK6) engine in this 1968 Jaguar that boasted a 0-60 time of just 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph. The E-Type also won the legendary Le Mans three consecutive years beginning in 1955.
A History of the XK6
Spanning in excess of 40 years, 1949-1992, the XK6 powered some of the most beautiful cars ever produced, including the most beautiful: the Jaguar E-Type.
It was originally produced as a 3.4-litre engine and went through a series of iterations including being reduced to a 2.8-litre for entry level XJ6 models in 1968, being bored out for racing to a 4.2-litres and released in 1964 as an official 4.2-litre model, and the “new” 3.4 which replaced the 2.8 in entry-level XJ6 cars.
Our XK-E has the 4.2-litre engine.
Jaguar XK-E Roadster specs:
- 265 BHP
- 256.3 Cu. Inch 4.2-Litre Engine
- Front Engine Compartment
- Rear-Wheel Drive
- Four-Speed Manual Transmission
- Weight of 2,540 Lbs