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E-TYPE SPOTTER'S GUIDE

( text contributed by Patrick Golder )

(* = key identifying features)


Series 1 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre (and series 1.5)

    - 3.8 Open two seater March 1961 - October 1964
    - 3.8 Fixed head coupe March 1961 - October 1964
    - 3.8 'Lightweight' open two-seater March 1963 - January 1964
    - 4.2 Open two seater October 1964 - December 1967
    - 4.2 Fixed head coupe October 1964 - December 1967
    - 4.2 Two plus two March 1966 - September 1968
    - 4.2 1.5 Open two seater September 1967 - October 1968
    - 4.2 1.5 Fixed head coupe September 1967 - Ocotber 1968
    - 4.2 1.5 Two plus two September 1967 - October 1968

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Series 1 - 3.8 litre (1961-1964)

- 2-seat coupe & roadster only.
(coupe also known as fixed head coupe or FHC;
roadster also known as open two-seater or OTS).
- 96" wheelbase.
* Only a "Jaguar" script appears on boot lid.
- Glass headlight covers, with chrome ring around them.
- Small taillights and front turn signal lights are mounted above
the bumpers, both front & rear.
- Rear license plate mounts in cutout between rear bumper blades.
- Chrome center instrument cluster & console.
- Seat backs are arched in shape.
- Wire wheels have "dished" center hub section.
- Two wings on wire wheel knock-off nuts.

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Coupe


Series 1 - 4.2 litre (late 1964 - 1967)

- 2 seat coupe & roadster.
* "Jaguar", "EType", and "4.2" scripts on boot lid.
Exterior is otherwise the same as 3.8 litre.
- Black center instrument cluster, leather console.
- Seat backs are rectangular in shape.
- Armrests on doors and center console.

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E-type Series 1 coupe and roadster

Series 1 - 2+2 (1966-1967)


- 102" (?) wheelbase.
- Longer doors than 2-seat coupe.
* Small rear seats.
* Narrow chrome strip at top of doors.

"Series 1.5" - (late 1967 - 1968)

- 2-seat coupe, roadster, 2+2 coupe.
* Exterior is the same as Series 1, except headlight covers have
been removed. Headlight bucket area is surrounded by a thin
chrome trim ring.
* Retains small taillights & front turn signal lights above the
bumpers.
- Numerous Series 2 details were phased in during this period.
"Series 1.5" is not an official designation. These are really
still Series 1 cars, even though they are often lumped in with
Series 2 cars at shows.

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