BaT Auction: Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

This 1962 Jaguar XKE is a left-hand-drive, flat-floor Series I coupe that was completed on November 17, 1961 and delivered to its first owner in Belvedere, California. The car was acquired by its current owner, a Jaguar collector and restorer, in 1990, and a restoration in original Opalescent Gunmetal over red leather commenced in 2011. Power is from a rebuilt matching-numbers 3.8L inline-six that is fed by triple carburetors and paired with a four-speed manual transmission from a later XKE. Additional features include replacement chrome wire wheels, a mix of replated and new brightwork, a period Stromberg-Carlson radio, and more. This XKE is offered on dealer consignment with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, records from current ownership, its removed stock transmission, and a clean Oregon title.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

The car was repainted in 2012, reportedly using its original color of Opalescent Gunmetal. The rear bumper ends and guards were rechromed, while new brightwork includes the front bumpers, rain gutter trim, taillight bezels, and reverse light housing. The bumper mounts, spacers, and body rubber were also replaced.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

New chrome knock-off wire wheels with two-eared spinners and 185-section Vredestein Sprint Classic tires were mounted in 2012. The four-wheel disc brake system features inboard rotors at the rear. Rebuilt calipers and a resleeved master cylinder were fitted in 2011 and 2012 along with new rotors and pads.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

The cabin was reupholstered in red leather with a gray headliner using a kit from BAS Ltd., and features rebuilt low-back roadster-style seats, a two-piece rear mat, and aluminum center console trim. The bezel around the Stromberg-Carlson radio was rechromed by Oregon Plating Co., as were the speaker trim rings and shifter surrounds. Replacement components consist of the shift knob, seatbelts, toggle switch ends, and more.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

Smiths instrumentation includes a 160-mph speedometer with a replacement angle drive and a tachometer with a 5,500-rpm redline. Approximately 52k miles are shown on the five-digit odometer, 20k of which were added by the current owner. Total mileage is unknown.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

The 3.8-liter inline-six was rebuilt in 2011 with an .040″ overbore, a sleeve on cylinder #3, and installation of new main bearings and Mahle 9:1 pistons. The cylinder head was fitted with new bronze valve guides, exhaust valves, and hardware. The triple SU carburetors were rebuilt, and additional replacement components included the timing chains, gaskets, exhaust manifolds, engine mounts, header tank, chrome underhood hardware, and more as detailed on included invoices.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

Engine number R2740-9 is shown on the block above and on the cylinder head in the gallery below, both of which correspond to the data plate in the engine bay and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

Shifting is through a four-speed manual transmission sourced from a later 4.2-liter car, and the selling dealer reports that the stock transmission is included. A new clutch disc, pilot bushing, and throw-out bearing were fitted in 2011 along with resleeved master and slave cylinders. A new fuel tank and rear suspension fulcrums were installed in 2012.

Flat-Floor 1962 Jaguar XKE Series I 3.8 Coupe

The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate shows the original colors and driveline numbers as well as the build and dispatch dates. The spare wheel, jack, and tool roll are shown in the gallery. A drive video is presented below.

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