Descending from the Jaguar Type D to the aesthetic level, the Jaguar E 3.8 liter flat floor coupe series 1 was presented in march 1961 in Geneva. This Flat Floor collection car is a true architectural masterpiece that, more than fifty years later, still reveals a surprising modernity. The engine comes from the Jaguar XK150 S 3.8L with its six-cylinder, 3.8-liter, 265-horsepower engine. The E Type Jaguar 3.8 L series 1 flat floor is both magnificent and affordable at the time, being half the price of a Mercedes 300 SL and more compared to the Aston Martin DB4. The success will be dazzling, all the stars of the world wishing to own a E Type, especially in America where will be delivered more than 80% of the cars produced. The production of 1961 and the beginning of 1962 will however be limited and it was during this period that was produced the Jaguar Type E 3.8 liters FHC coupe Flat Floor proposed for sale. The car had magnificent bucket seats, a dashboard and a centre console in corked aluminum, and instrumentation buttons on the dashboard of the aviation version that enhanced the interior of the vehicle.
The unofficial appelation Flat Floor is the most desirable for any enthusiast of the Type E. This rare model is in 1961 recognizable by its lateral closings of hood opening by a small key in T. These closures will subsequently be replaced by elements inside the vehicle. 1962 marked the appearance of anchor points for the seat belts, and the floor, now hollow, will be modified in order to obtain a better habitability for the legs. Jaguar launched the Jaguar E Series 2 in 1968, to overcome the new security and anti-pollution requirements demanded by the US. Its 4.2-liter engine now has two Zenith-Stromberg carburettors instead of the 3 SU from the earlier versions, to reduce the vehicle's pollutant emissions, which will only produce 175 horsepower. Enhanced passenger protection will also be introduced, with larger bumpers and grille, non streamlined headlamps and less refined interior, which distort the aesthetic fluidity of this new Jaguar E. In order to regain a power worthy for this Jaguar, the automaker will launch in 1970 the Series 3 with a V12 engine 5.3 liters of 272 horses. The Jaguar E will give way to the XJS in 1975.
The car that we present for sale is the most desirable model of all Jaguar E, the 3.8-liter Flat Floor series, offered here in its 2-seater coupe, which was produced at a few hundred copies. It is in concours condition, totally restored and matching numbers, and its engine works to perfection.