*This is a translation done by a machine.
Sports car style with long nose and short deck. The standard is probably the Jaguar E type. It's the "eternal idol" of sports cars, and the styling has inspired many more sports cars like the Toyota 2000GT and Fairlady Z.
Another name is "XK-E". It debuted in 1961 and underwent 3 big changes until the end of production in 1975. Each of them was given the name Series 1, Series 2, and Series 3, and each has a strong fan base.
Initially, there were 2 models: FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and OTS (Open Two Seater). However, in 1966, in the middle of the Series 1, a 2 + 2 coupe with an extension of the wheelbase by 229mm was added. At this time, automatic transmission specifications can also be selected.
The Series 1 is equipped with straight 6 engines, both 3.8 liters and 4.2 liters (since 1964). Nearly 40,000 units were produced, including a transitional model called the Series 1.5, which was slightly modified to comply with U.S. safety standards. As a result, it quickly gained fame as a sports car blockbuster.
In 1968, a series 2 that even more closely matches American security standards will be released. As with the Series 1.5, the main distinguishing feature is the removal of the headlight cover, the addition of larger lights, the change from 3 wipers to 2 wipers, and the change from split rear bumpers to integrated right and left. The engine was still a 4.2 liter straight 6, but the American version was forced to reduce power and torque due to the change of carburetor. Even so, the popularity of the E type has not declined, and by 1971, nearly 19000 units of the 3 models had been produced.
In 1971, the series 3 with the newly developed 5.3 liter V 12 engine was introduced, bringing power back to the series. There were only 2 body types, OTS and 2 + 2 coupe, but until the end of production in 1975, more than 18000 were shipped out.
|Jun Nishikawa's Highlights!|
This car is a series 2 automatic 2 + 2 coupe with American specifications. The current owner, longing for the E-Type style (There's no one you don't admire!), chose the AT specification so that he could enjoy driving every day, and maintained the engine system thoroughly, so he used it as his usual means of transportation. In fact, the engine is so good that I feel a little shock when I drive the automatic into R. I didn't feel so uneasy.
Because the current owner was going to ride every day, so the exterior condition is damaged. The old repainted body also lost its luster overall and some paint peeling and cracking around the hood and rear door. It may not be suitable for those who want a beautiful exterior, but it may be interesting to finish it in your favorite color.
Because the engine system is good and the interior is very beautiful. Seen from a driver's point of view, there is no stress in using it every day. I understood well that the car was carefully driven. It may be an interesting choice if you think that there is a fun to repair while riding.
If I was, I would be happy to stay in this state for a while and take part in a long-distance drive rally event and repaint in light blue in the future.
That kind of spread of dreams is also unique to a cool sports car.
Originally written by Jun Nishikawa
Photo by Yoshitada Moro
Published on September 2018
|Year of Purchase||Mar 2002|