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Jaguar XKE for sale | Buy a new Jaguar XKE

Updated on October 20, 2009
Jaguar XKE Series 1 in beautiful dark blue
Jaguar XKE Series 1 in beautiful dark blue
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Jaguar D-Type

Jaguar XKE: One Sexy Car

Often called one of the sexiest cars in existence, the Jaguar XKE (sometimes also called the E-Type) is a masterpiece. With well under 100,000 manufactured, the XKE is also quite rare. If you're looking for a Jaguar XKE for sale, skip the next section and go to "Where Can I Find A Jaguar JKE for sale" below. Or if you just want to learn about the Jaguar XKE, read on!

Jaguar XKE: A Brief History

Production of the Jaguar XKE began in 1961 and continued until 1974. During this time, the Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3 versions were created and of course there were some variations within each series (coupe, convertible, roadster, lightweight and a few others).

Inspiration for the car was found in Jaguar's D-Type, a similar Jaguar with a very successful racing history. The D-Type's racing history was so successful, in fact, that the Queen of England actually sent her personal congratulations to Jaguar when the D-Type won several major races in a row ("Le Mans" winners in 1955, 56 and 57).

Found at, this XKE Roadster won a Visionaries award. No idea what that award is, but it sounds cool
Found at, this XKE Roadster won a Visionaries award. No idea what that award is, but it sounds cool

Jaguar XKE Engine Startup

Jaguar XKE Specs

All specifications below are for the Jaguar XKE Series 1:

Jaguar XKE by the numbers


Manufactured between 1961-1968


38,410 made

Jaguar XKE configurations

Body Styles:

Coupe, convertible and coupe variant (with two + two seating)


Independent with torsion bars (front) and independent with four coil springs (rear)


96 inches (or 105 inches in the two + two configuration)

Front and rear tracks:

50 inches each

Overall length:

14 feet, 7 1/2 inches (or 15 feet, 4 inches in the two + two configuration)

Jaguar XKE engine specs



Engine type:

I-6, iron block, aluminum head with dual overhead camshafts and two valves per cylinder.

Engine displacement:

3.8 litre (3781 cc) or 4.2 litre (4235 cc)

Best 0-60 mph time: 6.9 seconds

Highest top speed: 153 mph 

Jaguar XKE Engine Sounds

Tips Before You Buy A Jaguar XKE

Before running out and buying yourself a brand new Jaguar E-Type, you should definitely do some research. If you keep the below tips in mind then you'll be off to a great start when looking to buy your new Jaguar.

  1. Be wary of RUST (Nothing ruins a fine antique car more than rust).
  2. Verify authenticity of the car (Is it a true original or a fake? With some basic training in this area you should be able to sniff out a fake a mile away).
  3. Originality of parts (This is more of a personal preference, but keep it in mind. Over the decades many car parts could have been replaced with non-authentic Jaguar car parts).
  4. General car problems (Make sure the car does what the seller claims it can do! If the description says "car runs smoothly" but it spews black smoke out the tailpipe and has to crank for 10 seconds before starting properly, you should probably look elsewhere.)

For a more in depth list of things to look for when purchasing a Jaguar, look at this article.

Where can I find a Jaguar XKE for sale ?

Enough about the Jaguar XKE specifications, you say! If you're looking to buy a used Jaguar XKE, there are some great websites and dealerships out there. Don't just limit yourself to one seller, though, as you can often get a better deal when shopping around!

Take a look at the below links (of which I have no affiliation) and be sure to bookmark this page to come back to it and shop around for better prices and availability!

And Finally...

In case you wanted to see more of the Jaguar XKE, below are pictures taken from many different angles and even a video of the XKE being taken out for a spin. Enjoy! 

Jaguar XKE seen from different angles

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1964 Jaguar XKE taken out for a spin


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      Maree Michael Martin 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      A dream car for sure, why not? They catch my eye, of course I would get one if I could, for a while anyway, just for the fun of it.

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      WeddingConsultant 5 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Possible? YES. Realistic? NO. But then again, I'm a purist.

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      chris 5 years ago

      is it realistic or even possible to covert a xke jag to right hand drive year 1971

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      WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Keith it's great to see you make a business out of it. I wish you the best of luck! It's a beautiful car, isn't it?

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      Keith 7 years ago

      They are a great car to drive, there's no two ways about that, it's the car guaranteed to turn heads.

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      WeddingConsultant 8 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting earnestshub and auto expert.

      earnest- I have to admit, the jaguar xke engine sound is probably one of the most beautiful antique car sounds you can it's lack of handling gets a free pass from me as long as I can hear that engine purr.

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      auto expert 9 years ago from US

      hey, i must say, its a great hub. WORTH Spending Time Upon...i read through the entire post. great work. a lot of research done on it.

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      earnestshub 9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I'm with Mark knowles on this one.

      E types handle like a block of apartments on wheels! But I love them too. Art on wheels. Driving an E type Jaguar is a real joy. The motor has so much low down power, that if you are a skilled driver the car can take off in top gear. They are very expensive in Australia, especially the later models which could be driven a bit quicker than the earlier models without falling off the road. The 3.5 litre Mk five was also a lovely car to drive.

      A pristine E type was sold here about two years ago for AU$100,00

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      WeddingConsultant 9 years ago from DC Metro Area

      They're really not *that* expensive compared to a new Ferarri or Bentley ;)

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      I want one!

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      WeddingConsultant 9 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Unless you have a potato gun mounted on the top.

      At least that's what I've found.

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      funnebone 9 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      I want to buy one of these current car, a 1984 econovan, doesn't help my street cred...nobody is scared of a pimp in van anymore.

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      WeddingConsultant 9 years ago from DC Metro Area

      Wow, so you could have written a better article on it than I! Dare I ask how much you got for it whenever you sold it?

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      Mark Knowles 9 years ago

      This was the first car I ever bought with my own money. I loved it but sold it to buy a house :(

      They are awesome as long as you don't try going ropund a corner.

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      foodstorage 9 years ago from Utah

      Now if only I were rich enough ... ;)

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      WeddingConsultant 9 years ago from DC Metro Area

      I agree, cars will never be as beautiful as they were in the past! And yes, as soon as I get my Jaguar XKE working fine, you'll be given the first chance to take it for a spin! haha

      Wish I had one...

      My dad's actually got this Porsche 914.6 in his garage:

      Maybe I should write a hub on that car as well? hmm.

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      Ricardo Nunes 9 years ago from Portugal

      Well done Peter! Great research work about this lovely car which will always be part of automobile history ;)

      Car industry may have improved a lot in recent years but they will never make cars as beautiful as this again. As soon as you get your´s working fine I´ll want to go for a drive ;)