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Signage: Speed, styling and cost were all ingredients in the development of the E Series. The E replaced the 150 in 1961. It was the most spectacular sports car available to the general public, as well as being the fastest. The E Type began with a 3.8 litre engine which became a 4.2 in 1964. The engine used a double overhead cam, had a compression ratio of 9:1 and a BHP of 265 at 5,500 RPM. The E Type Jaguar was one of the most popular and the most distinctive automobiles to come out of Coventry.
The North American export models, such as this one, were constantly being modified to meet the ever-changing EPA specifications. The net result was reduced performance such as dropping the top speed of the 1970 model to 130 MPH compared to the 150 MPH rating of the earlier 4.2 litre models.