1962 JAGUAR XKE SERIES I ROADSTER. Chassis #896878, Engine #R 2527-9. (Stock #3887.) In 1961, Jaguar introduced one of the most beautiful designs of the post-war sports car world. The Jaguar E-Type, or XKE as it is commonly called, coupled a flawless design with outstanding performance. Designed by Malcolm Sayer, the car is the subject of Enzo Ferrari’s reported remark upon first seeing the car—that it was the most beautiful sports car ever built. Built with a 265 horsepower, twin cam, triple carburetor, 6-cylinder engine couple to a 4-speed manual Moss gearbox, the car became an instant sensation in the motoring world. This series of XKE’s became known as the “Series I” cars when, in 1968, a second series was introduced incorporating many changes—a new bonnet with uncovered headlamps and a larger grill opening, a new facia with “butterfly” switches instead of toggle switches, taillights hung under the rear bumpers, non-eared wire wheels, different seats and a detuned engine of 210 h.p. In 1971, the XKE became a larger car, then powered by a V-12 engine and in 1974, production ceased and all XKE’s started appreciating in value. Our car’s engine was assembled in November, 1961 and the car itself was built in March, 1962. The car was painstakingly restored by Classic Showcase in California, Jaguar specialists, prior to 2006 when it was sold by RM/Sotheby’s in Scottsdale, Arizona for a record-setting $143,000. These cars have been steadily escalating in value since that time with reports of some Series I sales topping $300,000. Quoting the RM/Sotheby’s description at the 2006 sale, “Every single component has been rebuilt or replaced on this show ready Jaguar and it is a simply breathtaking car in every respect. Our car, driven just 180 miles since restoration, remains in as-new condition and is offered at a most attractive price of $175,000.