Jaguar E-Type Brochure, Page Four
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ENGINE. Six cylinder twin overhead camshaft 3.8 litre XK Jaguar 'S' type engine. 87 mm.
bore X 106 mm. stroke (3.425 ins. X 4.1732 ins.). Cubic capacity 3781 c.c. (230.6 ins.).
Compression ration 9 : 1 (8 : 1 optional). Power outupt (9 : 1): 265 b.h.p. aat 5,500 r.p.m;
torque: 260 ft./lbs. at 4,000 r.p.m. Three S.U. carburetters, type HD.8 with manual choke
control. Forced lubrication by submerged pump system incorporating a full flow filter.
Chrome iron cylinder block fitted with dry type cylinder liners. Special 'straight port' cylinder
head of high tensile aluminium alloy featuring hemispherical combustion chambers and twin
overhead camshafts operating large valves of 70° included angle. Aluminium alloy pistons.
Steel connecting rods fitted with lead indium big end bearings. 2 1/4 ins. diameter counterweighted
crankshaft carried on seven large lead indium bearings. Pressurised cooling system with
thermostatically controlled electrically driven fan.
TRANSMISSION. Manually operated four speed, single helical synchromesh gearbox.
Centrally positioned change speed lever. Synchromesh on Top, Third and Second gear ratios.
Borg and Beck 10 ins. single dry plate clutch with hydraulic operation. Hardy Spicer needle
bearing propeller shaft. Hypoid rear axle fitted with limited slip differential. Ratios 3.31 : 1.
Optional ratios: 2.93, 3.07, 3.54. Differential unit mounted in sub-frame carrying the rear
SUSPENSION--FRONT. Independent front suspension incorporating transverse wishbones
and torsion bars controlled by telescopic hydraulic dampers. Anti-roll bar fitted to lower
SUSPENSION--REAR. Independent front suspension incorporting, on each side, a
lower transverse tubular link pivotted at the wheel carrier and sub-frame adjacent to the
differential case and, above this, a halfshaft universally jointed at each end. These serve to
locate the wheel in a transverse plane. Longitudinal location is provided by the rubber
mountings locating the sub-assembly in the body structure and by a radius arm between
the lower link and a mounting point on the body structure. Twin coil springs, each enclosing
a telescopic hydraulic damper, provide the suspension medium. The whole assembly together
with the differential is carried in an easily detachable sub-frame which is located in the
body structure by rubber mountings.
BRAKES. Dunlop bridge-type disc brakes featuring quick-change pads, are fitted to all four
wheels. Front brakes fitted on wheel hubs, rear brakes fitted inboard on halfshafts adjacent
to differetial unit. Bellows type brake servo operating directly on to brake pedal. Pedal
operates twin master cylinders through a compensator device which divides the system into
two entirely independent hydraulic systems to front and rear brakes. Centrally positioned
handbrake system on rear wheels only. Brake fluid level warning light operates on both
STEERNG. Rack and pinion. 16 ins. steering wheel with seperate adjustments for height
and reach. Number of turns, lock to lock, 2 1/4. Turing circle, 37 ft. diameter.
WHEELS AND TYRES. Wire spoke wheels with centre lock hubs fitted with Dunlop
6.40 X 15 type RS.5 tyres and tubes. Dunlop R.5 racing tyres available as optional equipment.
6.00 X 15 front. 6.50 X 15 rear on special wheels.
FUEL SUPPLY. By Lucas electric pump fitted into tank of 14 Imperial gallon capacity.
Petrol filter incorporated into fuel line and located in engine compartment.
ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT, INSTRUMENTS AND FITTINGS. Lucas 12 volt system.
Large capacity battery giving 57 amp-hours at 10 hour rate with current voltage control.
Ventilated dynamo. Eight fuse control box, fully labeled, located behind central facia
panel for ease of access. Side lamps. Lucas PL700 head lamps with hand operated dipping
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control on facia. Seperate lever actuating head lamp flashing. Seperate Stop-Tail direction
and reflector units mounted in a single assembly. Rear number plate lamps. Flashing direction
indicators with self-canceling and warning light on facia. Instruments and labelled switches
illuminated by internal floodlighting controlled by a two-position dimmer switch. Map
reading light. Interior light. Twin blended note horns. Triple blade two-speed self-parking
windscreen wiper unit. Elecrically-operated windscreen washers. Cigar lighter with luminous
socket. Starter motor. Vacuum and centrifugal automatic ignition control. Oil coil ignition.
5 ins. diameter 160 m.p.h. speedometer incorporating total and trip distance recorders.
5 ins. diameter electrically-operated revolution counter incorporating an electric clock.
Ammeter. Electrically-operated water temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge fuel gauge with
low level warning light. Choke warning light. Combined handbrake and brake fluid low
level warning light. Wiring harness in quickly detachable front body section connected to
main circuits through an eight-pin connector mounted on engine compartment bulkhead.
BODY CONSTRUCTION. Stressed shell steel body of unique patented monocoque con-
struction. Front sub-frame of square tubing carries engine unit, suspension and
forward hinged front section.
BODY--OPEN TWO Seater. Two door two seater body of extremely low drag character-
istics resulting from intensive wind tunnel testing. The folding hood incorporating a large
rear window is of the finest quality mohair, mounted on a special frame to permit single handed
erection or stowing. When stowed the hood assembly is completely concealed by a seperate
detachable cover. Fibreglass detachable hardtop available as an optional extra. Hardtop
can be fitted without removing stowed hood. Counterbalanced forward opening front
section provides excellent accessibility to all mechanical components. Wraparound wind-
screen and thin pillars provide superb forward visibility. Door lights completely concealed
within doors when fully lowered. Wraparound bumpers with overriders at front and rear.
Twin bucket seats, adjustable for reach, upholstered in finest quality Vaumol leather over
Dunlopillo foam rubber cushions. Three panel facia. Facia and screen rail in matt grained
finish to eleminate reflection. Comprehensive instrumentation with revolution counter and
speedometer postioned in front of driver. Central panel contains seperate instruments for
oil pressure, water temperature, fuel gauge and ammeter, together with row of labelled
tumbler switches controlling ancilliary equipment. Seperate housing beneath panel contains
a radio and twin speaker (optional extra) together with an ashtray. When no radio is fitted,
the speaker grilles are retained and the radio control panel aperture is blanked off with an
escutcheon. Panel in front of passenger contains an open-fronted glove compartment and
grab handle. Three-spoked polished alloy lightweight steering wheel with wood rim and
central horn push. Wide angle vertically adjustable rear view mirror incorporating anti-
dazzle secondary mirror position. Deep pile carpets, over thick felt underlay. Luggage
accomodation provided in tail of car. Luggage boot lid controlled from inside the car.
HEATING AND DEMISTING. High output fresh air heating and multi-point windscreen de-
misting system incorporating a two-speed fan controlled by switch on facia. Temperature and
volume of air to windscreen and car interior regulated by controls mounted on facia panel.
Ducts direct air to each side of compartment.
SPARE WHEEL AND TOOLS. The spare wheel is carried beneath the boot floor in a
seperate compartment and is readily accessible. The tools are housed in the spare wheel
compartment together with the jack and wheel hammer.
JACKING. Centrally located jacking sockets enable the front and rear wheels on either
side of the car to be raised simultaneously by means of the manually-operated screw type
easy lift jack.
PRINCIPAL DIMENSIONS. Wheelbase, 8 ft. 0 ins. Track, front and rear, 4 ft. 2 ins.
Overall length, 14 ft. 7 5/16 ins. Overall width, 5 ft. 5 1/4 ins. Overall height, 4 ft. 0 ins. Ground
clearance (laden), 5 1/2 ins. Dry weight (approx.), 22 1/2 cwts.
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