XKE Car Numbers: A Guide
by Roger Los
Life could be simpler: Jaguar could have started number E-Types at "1" and ended at "72507." Instead, they started each new series, each new body type, and each left-or right-hand drive car at apparently random numbers. Occasionally they reused old numbers; sometimes later cars have lower numbers than earlier cars. Add into the mix different prefixes and suffixes and the often random numbers appended to the front of the car number by various licensing departments, and it's a wonder that we ever get a correct number at all.
The Builder's Plate
There's only two places we can be absolutely certain we're looking at the right number (barring forgery): The builder's plate (see the rather beat up one from my car at right) or the top of the engine "picture frame" next to the right front wheel. However, as this is sometimes damaged and replaced with a secondhand piece from a junked car, or a new piece without any identifying marks on it, the builder's plate is more reliable. Four numbers are stamped on the plate:
- The car number, [car]876073[/car]
- The engine number, R2512-9
- The body number, R2322
- The gear box number, EB1613JS
In our case, we're interested in the car number. Let's see what it can tell us.
Hey Baby, I Drive an XKE S1 LHD OTS...Hey, Come Back Here!
In true British fashion, Jaguar took one of the sexiest cars ever made and gave it a non-descript moniker in E-Type (or XKE here in the states). It gets worse, though, as there are different series (corresponding to different manufacturing periods), different body styles (depending on whether you like to drive al fresco, under shelter or with your family along), different specifications (depending on which side of the road you drive on) and finally, in the case of the early cars, different engine sizes.
At certain points in E-Type production, you had convertibles (or open two seaters in Jaguar parlance, hence "OTS"), 2-seat coupes (or fixed head coupes, "FHC") and 4-seat coupes (that's giving a generous definition of "4" to the rear seat, hence "2+2") rolling down the production line, in both left-hand drive (LHD) and right-hand-drive (RHD) forms. Those six separate models each had their own numbering scheme, all similar to each other, but with different number ranges. They also changed those schemes four times over the years as different series and engines were introductions (hence S1, S2, S3 and the unofficial S1.5). In the end, we have no less than 20 different numbering schemes for the 14 years that the E-Type was built!
We can determine exactly what your car is by examining the number in more detail.
Series 1 3.8 Litre Cars
The earliest E-Types, produced from 1961-1964, were equipped with the 3.8 litre engine and only came as an OTS or FHC. They had simple six-digit car numbers, in the following four ranges:
- 850001 - 850943: RHD Open Two Seaters (943)
- 860001 - 861799: RHD Fixed Head Coupes (1,799)
- 875001 - 881887: LHD Open Two Seaters (6,887)
- 885001 - 890873: LHD Fixed Head Coupes (5,873)
As you can see, it's pretty easy to determine how many of each kind were produced. Life is about to get more complicated!
Series 1 4.2 Litre Cars
In 1964, the 4.2 litre S1 was introduced. Externally identical to the earlier cars, the larger engine and more refined interior helped polish some of the rough edges off the 3.8 litre car. In 1966 the 2+2 was introduced, and all three models ran concurrently until the end of 1967...though see the next section!
These cars all had the prefix "1E" before their serial numbers. Some 2+2's also had a suffix of "BW" which indicated a Borg-Warner automatic transmission. Not all automatic cars had the suffix.
The mysterious "Series 1.5" also crops up in 1967. These cars fell within the S1 4.2 numbering scheme, but had many S2 features and today are considered their own separate run. I've broken them out from the earlier cars, though the serial number that the break occurred at is open to debate. This database uses the numbers published by Paul Skilleter. Without further ado, here are the "pure" S1 4.2 numbers:
- 1E1001 - 1E1863: RHD Open Two Seaters (863)
- 1E10001 - 1E15888: LHD Open Two Seaters (5,888)
- 1E20001 - 1E21583: RHD Fixed Head Coupes (1,583)
- 1E30001 - 1E34249: LHD Fixed Head Coupes (4,249)
- 1E50001 - 1E50974: RHD 2+2s (974)
- 1E75001 - 1E77644: LHD 2+2s (2,644)
The number scheme is still fairly straightforward. We can change that.
This unofficial series shared many of the characteristics of the Series 2 cars, though in varying degrees. Many simply had "open" head lights, with the rest of the S1 details the same, while others had a different dashboard and other detail items. These cars were numbered in the same series as the S1 4.2 cars, and officially they never existed, according to Jaguar. However, most enthusiasts agree that there is enough of a difference for them to be considered separately. The exact number where they start is a hot subject. This database defines S1.5 cars as follows:
- 1E1864 - 1E2184: RHD Open Two Seaters (320)
- 1E15889 - 1E18368: LHD Open Two Seaters (2,479)
- 1E21584 - 1E21959: RHD Fixed Head Coupes (375)
- 1E34250 - 1E35815: LHD Fixed Head Coupes (1,565)
- 1E50975 - 1E51379: RHD 2+2s (404)
- 1E77645 - 1E79222: LHD 2+2s (1,577)
If you own a car on the cusp, it would be interesting to note whether yours fits the pattern or not. It becomes increasingly difficult to track these changes, however, as many late cars have had earlier bonnets grafted onto them and vice versa.
Yet another prefix and number scheme was introduced, and in addition to the "BW" suffix, some cars also had a "P" prefix to denote power steering. Additionally, the "1E" was changed to "1R" for the Series 2--though it could also be "2R" if it fell late in the production run, though none of the texts on the subject note that!
- 1R1001 - 1R1776: RHD Open Two Seaters (776)
- 1R7001 - 1R14853: LHD Open Two Seaters (7,853)
- 1R20001 - 1R21071: RHD Fixed Head Coupes (1,071)
- 1R25001 - 1R28786: LHD Fixed Head Coupes (3,786)
- 1R35001 - 1R36041: RHD 2+2s (1,041)
- 1R40001 - 1R44287: LHD 2+2s (4,287)
Hang on, we're almost done!
Ah, the V12 E-Types. Smoothest, silkiest, most comfortable and the softest of the E-Types. The S3 saw Jaguar drop the FHC from its model line, and the roadster was built on the longer 2+2 floor pan. The prefix changed again, from "1R" to "1S." There were also prefixes assigned to the 1972, 1973 and 1974 model years in the United States (at least) of "UC", "UD" or "UE" respectively.
- 1S1001 - 1S2872: RHD Open Two Seaters (1,872)
- 1S20001 - 1S26120: LHD Open Two Seaters (6,120)
- 1S50001 - 1S52116: RHD 2+2s (2,116)
- 1S70001 - 1S75183: LHD 2+2s (5,183)
And thus ended the E-Type's production life.
So Why do I Get an Error?
The car number you enter into the boxes that call for it on this site are checked by the magic 8-ball against the numbers above. The most common mistakes people make?
- They look at the title to get the number, not the builder's plate. Many states added various letters in front of the official car number; California is the biggest culprit, I believe. If your title number starts "J62" or something similar, it'll be rejected by the database.
- They mistaken change a number for a letter or vice versa. Substituting an "I" (as in "IOU") for a "1" (as in "123") at the start of a later serial number is common, as is substituting an "8" for the "B" in the "BW" suffix.
- They forget the prefix on the later cars, entering, for example, 31659 (a FHC I owned once) instead of [car]1E31659[/car].
It may be that the number ranges I have above are wrong, though it's unlikely. Send me a clear photo of your builder's plate if you find yourself unable to enter information despite doing everything right. Gathering new information is part of what this site is about!
You may leave a comment or question about this article:
2002-12-27 14:29:43 | Roger writes:
If you have an unusually numbered car, this would be a good place to discuss it!
2003-03-11 21:14:30 | Allen Impellitteri writes:
I have a 71 4.2 liter FHC P 2R28107
2003-03-12 17:50:07 | Raymond Nilsen writes:
I am not an expert, but I know that there was produced 3 cars "six-cylinder Series 3!
Could Your car be one of the 3? (1971).
Best Regards :#1R13522 and #875287 Raymond Nilsen (Sweden9
2003-05-01 11:58:10 | Dan Holden writes:
I am apparently the only E owner who does not have a builders plate on my car. Is there any way to create another one? I own 1R7945 (from the title and picture frame) but I do not know the other numbers. The engine has ETZ67 on the rear between the cam covers. Any help?
2003-05-17 16:56:24 | Raymond Nilsen writes:
Try to get a "Production Record Trace Cerificate" Prepared for You by
Jaguar Daimler, Heritage Trust! (coast betwen USD 25,- to 50,-) to day I think, than
ask some "JAGUAR" workshop near by You if they can make a new one according to
Your "Certificate" with all the orginal number from the factory, and hope that is the
same as in Your car today! Good Luck!
Best Regards from RN( 1R13522 and "875287)
2003-05-23 16:48:59 | Jerry Hanrahan writes:
The above list of chass numbers for the Series 1, 4.2 litre and the Series 1.5 indicates a problem. The problem is the ending numbers for any of the car listed under Series 1 4.2 is also the first leadoff number of the Series 1.5 cars. Now the problem is which of the last/first numbers applies to which Series of cars? I believe the listing should say UP TO, BUT NOT INCLUDING or UP TO AND INCLUDING the final number in the series, whichever is correct.
2003-06-16 02:05:08 | Phillip Cloyd writes:
The way the individual series are divided here, I could very well have the oldest series 1.5 known to exhist. (chassis #1E34251) It needs a total restoration so maybe I should document everything as it comes apart. Except for a repaint, (now dark blue insted of primrose) the car is all original.
2003-09-28 15:21:44 | Bruce writes:
I have an E-Type body tub that I am using for parts. No Car Number available, but I assume that the body number is the number listed on a riveted, metal tab on the rear license panel: ?E53030. It appears to be a Series 1 - 1.5 2+2. If you can match the body number to a car number, you can log it as "rusted and wasted". I think that I have cut off the last salvagable panels.
2003-11-09 04:09:34 | Roger writes:
Hi, folks, great feedback. One thing to note about the 1.5 series cars is that the numbers I mention above are somewhat arbitrary. I think they're the numbers listed by Skilleter, but many Jaguar experts disagree with his conclusions. There were no factory records kept noting a car as a Series 1.5, so at best we can use it as a vague approximation.
2003-11-16 22:47:49 | John writes:
Hi Roger, I have a ‘67 FHC #1E33159 with matching numbers & open headlights. I find no evidence of collision damage/repair that would warrant a replacement bonnet, but who knows?
2003-11-19 16:53:57 | Wes Woldt writes:
Upon trying to add my E to your data base it came back incorrect car no. My car No. is 10314 right off the ID plate - no prefix. I have a Heritage cert confirming this No. In corespondence a few years ago with Karen Miller, she stated the car was built 11/64 of which was one of the first 200 4.2 ots built.
2004-01-05 12:15:29 | Dave Ramsey writes:
I am looking at a car that has a number plate with unreadable numbers. The number on the front crossmember is 10014, the engine number om the head and block are 7E1044-9 and the number on the plate behind the license plate is 4E1017. Who can tell me when it was built and if these numbers are okay? The owner thinks it's a 1967 but I don't think so. Help.
2004-01-29 19:32:35 | Roger writes:
It does appear that some of the earliest 4.2s had no "1E" prefix. For now, I'm entering them in the database with the prefix, and if I can get a handle on which cars did or did not have the prefix, we can later change it to reflect the real world.
Dave, you might try writing to Wes and see what his car is like, the one you mention must have been built within a few days of his. It's definitely not a '67 with those numbers, but maybe it wasn't registered for a few years when it was new.
2004-02-03 12:54:45 | Dave Ramsey writes:
I have bought 1E10014 and started restoration.
The number plate has turned up and it has 1E10014 on it. Also I have learned from Jag Heritage that the car was built Aug 24,1964 so it's a very early 4.2. My question to all is, were there any 1964 4.2's? or were they all 1965's? If there were '64's then my car would have to be among them.
Wes, does your car have a glas windshield washer? If so it's not a '67 it probably is a '65. There are other clues to look for from the various books on the subject re tech chenges as time went by.
I would have to say that you car has had a bonnet transplant, it's the only explanation.
Regards to all,
2004-02-10 21:31:47 | Craig writes:
Upon trying to add my E to your data base it came back incorrect car no. I have a 10/70 etype #2R28628. I wanted to enter it your database but I don't known much about he model. It has open headlights, small brake lights, and factory air conditioning, Also, it and rocker switchs, not toggle switches, in the dash. Which series does "2R" indicate?
Regards to all,
2004-02-13 06:34:26 | ALBERTO writes:
My car is 1R35366 but to import it into Spain they ask me for the TUV number which supposedly is a 17 digit chassis number.Any help?I have tried in the German jaguar web,since they use this TUV system but they cannot help.
2004-03-02 07:22:40 | Steven D. writes:
Your import regulations people are wrong. All early british cars like this dod not have the long 17 digits VIN (or TUV) numbers. The "1R35366" number is the correct VIN number for your car. Let us know what you find out from the German folks.
2004-03-06 23:53:59 | Anonymous writes:
I tried to add my car a 1965 etype ots 10139 to the data base but it came back as not a valid #. I have heritage trust certificate saying that several hundred early 4.2s were produced before the prefix 1e was added and that my car is one of those. It was built in Oct 64. and delivered Dec 8, 64. Canadian registration and still in canada. All numbers match heritage trust as well as first owner.
2004-03-10 01:03:46 | Bill Dunn writes:
My 1971 Series II OTS is 2R14350. Does anyone know at what production date the "2R" prefix began? Was it before, after, or concurrent with the first V-12's ?
2004-03-28 06:38:47 | Chris writes:
I would be interested to know how many Series 1 BW cars are left? Did they ever produce roadster or coup automatics? How many automatics were produced in the two+two line and how many were left or right drive? Does anyone have this info?
2004-04-07 14:52:41 | Harry writes:
I have a '73 XKE V-12 with Engine # R747. Any hints on this engine ID # Very much appreciated.
2004-04-25 07:40:36 | mimmo writes:
Which of you know the series with tre engine number 8L232155-H . May be it is a gear box number instead of engine number??
2004-04-30 16:11:33 | Steve writes:
I am trying to trace some history of a 1962 fixed head S1 xke, which is now being restored in the UK. I have two tatty New York State Inspection Certificates (1973 and 1974) and Two Registration stickers (1974 and 1975) on the windscreen. There are reference numbers on the stickers, but no licence plate apart from IJ7.... I have photos of the stickers and would welcome advice as to how I could track the car down.
2004-05-18 20:29:22 | Rick writes:
Regarding Series 1 vs. Series 1 1/2, I just entered data on a car I briefly owned that was titled 1967, and in every way like a full series 1 (serial number, valve covers, spinners, toggles, door handles, etc.) but had a 1 1/2 bonnet. May very well have been a replacement, but sure didn't show it.
2004-05-18 20:39:35 | Rick writes:
Regarding Series 3, cars with 6 cylinder engine, one of them used to be seen (late 70's / early 80's) in Mountain Lakes, NJ.
2004-06-04 14:05:30 | Dexter writes:
I'm looking for information on the 2R# cars as I have 2R14466or P2R14466.
how far from the end of series 2 production is this??
2004-06-06 15:51:23 | Dexter writes:
I'm getting warm as far as the 2R e-types.I understand a approx. 144 etypes were produced with the 2R # yes the LAST group of series 2 etypes were 2R....... if anyone has more info please write
2004-06-29 09:09:20 | Jeff Plumer writes:
You lost me . I own a 1968 1E10214. By this it is a S1 and not built in 68?
2004-08-16 19:46:55 | pauls writes:
As Roger responded to Dave and Wes above we know that the "very" first 4.2L cars did not contain the "1E" prefix. I have now heard from a credible source that one fellow whose car was missing the 1E was told when applying for a JDHT certficate that there may have been as many as 300, 4.2L cars without the prefix.
2004-08-31 22:27:32 | John writes:
I have a 1967 OTS with a J67 designation on the builder's plate. Is that part of the VIN number, or just a indication on the plate that it was a California car (or imported directly to the west coast)? Did all years have a "J", as I have generally seen this only on the series 1 or 1 1/2. The "J67" is on the title, but not on the JD Heritage Trust certificate. Thanks.
2004-09-02 17:27:13 | Justin writes:
Regarding the above comment, does anyone have a record of the numbers of "J67" cars brought into California.
2004-10-15 05:06:44 | Gerry writes:
Some of the above information is wrong.I owned a 1964 3.8 Coupe,the vin was ---877814----and still have all of the papers that came with the car new.according to the above info,it was a roadster !!
2004-10-25 17:43:54 | Roger writes:
I suppose it's entirely possible, but extremely unlikely, that a coupe would have been misnumbered from the factory. What does heritage have to say about it?
2004-10-25 22:39:45 | joseph mancinelli writes:
hi, i have a 67 e rdstr # 1E14552 which is by following the seiel # should be a ser 1 car, however my car has open headlights like a`ser 2. if it is a 1.5 the ser # still show it as a ser 1. ???
2004-10-29 19:28:49 | Gerry writes:
No Joe---I'm not saying that it was misnumbered,I'm saying that in the paragraph above ,they are saying that the numbers including mine had to be "roadsters". The info above is what is wrong. Thanks, hope this clarifies what I was trying to say.
2004-11-15 13:13:59 | steve.c writes:
I have 2 coupes.One a 67 1E34466,the other a 71 P2R28242...Anyone know how close to the end of the series 2 mine is??Also,my 67 is a transistion car I guess...#s matching, trip carbs,toggle switches but open headlights....Any info,Thanks...
2004-11-17 09:53:06 | Juerg writes:
WELDED LOUVRES! Does anyone know, as of which production number the bonnet changed? My car 876128 still has them, according to details on car 876447 it also does. Any info, Thanks!
2005-01-05 08:18:39 | Mario Domínguez writes:
I own a 4.2 series 1 FHC from late 1.964, car Nº 30216 with no prefix 1E, I think because it is an early 4.2.
The car was first registered in California and the USA title designed the car identification number as follows J651E30216.
I think that the J65 is an adition post factory due to the Californian laws that means Jaguar from/ or registered in 1.965 because my car was built in 1.964 but first registered in 1.965.
The car is actually in Canary island Spain, and was not easy explain to the customs and in the MOT that the car 30216 is the same that J651E30216. But it is for sure.
2005-01-12 20:52:48 | Dave Chessey writes:
I was wondering when my car was actually manufactured based on my California DMV Title says "J691R26179".
2005-02-05 17:17:55 | Dave Kerr writes:
Dave, if you apply to the JDHT for a build certificate then this will tell you the build date and the date of departure from the factory.
Not sure about the cost in the USA, there is a link on jag-lovers.
2005-02-24 00:03:19 | pauls writes:
To Steve.c and Joesph Mancinelli,
Open headlights occurred in Jan of '67. All cars were technically Series 1 until '68 when toggle switches and the stromberg carbs arrived. Those cars are referred to as S1.5 cars because they had S2 drive trains and interiors, yet retained S1 bodies. The books are incorrect as to when open headlights occured. There are Jaguar Service Bulletins that verify it happened in Jan of '67 unrelated to the S1.5 modifications. In North America (other coutries a few numbers later) open headlights occurred on OTS 1E14532 and FHC 1E34113. If anyone wants to see a copy of the bulletin info feel free to contact me.
2005-02-26 23:53:28 | Bill Dunn writes:
I would tend to agree that the open headlights occurred on or about 1E34113 for the FHC cars based on my previous ownership of 1E34136 which I acquired from the original owner in 1980 or 1981. When I got this car it had the open headlight bonnet but EVERYTHING else was identical to the earlier Series I cars. Too confuse matters even further, I had the bonnet modified for covered headlights for this car in 1983/1984.
2005-03-01 11:22:05 | Ian Chapman writes:
I have a 1970 Series 2 2+2 with car number P1R434028 which seems to fall into the designated range for a LHD..Yet when I submit the number the message back is that thjis is not a valid XKE number. Has anyone else experienced this error and what is the remedy?
2005-03-04 17:13:15 | Dave Kerr writes:
I have been reliably informed you should only have five numbers after the R prefix.
Go up this page and it tells you the layout of the numbers for a S2 they started for a lhd at 1R40001 to 1R44287.
2005-04-14 06:29:58 | Anonymous writes:
Bill, I also have a car similar to yours 1E51290. It is tatally S1 speck but with the open headlights. As Paul mentions, there were specific dates for changes but we must remember that Sir W. Lyons never liked waste and used every part for any car, thus the oddment in the 67, 68 ranges.
2005-05-13 09:49:33 | James Strickland writes:
I recently owned 1E10294--the 294th lhd 65 4.2 roadster. I was concerned that there was no 1E on the vin plate or over the right front shock on the chassis. From the above comments, it does appear that at least the first 300 or so did not have the 1E prefix.
2005-05-13 10:44:55 | James Strickland writes:
The person who bought 1E10294 from me received a heritage certificate showing that indeed it did not have the 1E prefix from the factory.
2005-06-13 14:42:33 | Bill Scheffler writes:
Roger, you can add 10243 to the list of OTS cars registered in this database that lack the 1E prefix. The whole thing was very confusing until I read through the posts here -- thanks for the list.
2005-07-16 09:42:31 | Jeff Plumer writes:
I was sold a 1968 XKE 1E16214 body 4E8193 engine 7E14720-9. Tail lights and turn signal indicate 1969. Any ideas?
2005-07-17 10:47:43 | pauls writes:
There is no documentation I know of that supports a S2 body style with a '65-'68 S1 VIN. Additionally looking at the VINs recorded on this site and factory records your VIN of 1E16214 would fall in as an early '68 as would the body and engine numbers. The last VIN for in the S1 body style should have been 1E18368. That car, 2000 later than yours, would have S1 style tail and turn signal lights. Without more evidence and information one would conclude that you have an S2 car with the numbers and components from an S1 car. Or its plausible that you have the proper car and numbers but someone replaced the bonnet (common), Don't know why they would have replaced the rear end with S2 parts, that part makes little sense. That said there are other distinquishing items one can look for that should get to the bottom of it without too much difficulty. At a minimum evidence of body work on the back end of the car.
2005-08-18 10:10:04 | Steve writes:
my 1R40371 has an engin number on the front of the head of EJ681--what gives?
2005-10-01 08:44:25 | pauls writes:
At some point early in series 2 production stamping the engine number on the head was discontinued. EJ681 is not an engine number but is likely some mfg. code. Series 2 cars have an engine number like "7Rxxxx". You should find the real number either just above the oil filter housing or on the flywheel flange near the oil dipstick
2005-10-05 14:42:35 | steve nelson writes:
im currently in the prosess of buying a1968 series 1.5 XKE the car has open lights series 1 bumpers and lights it has rocker switches ,easy clean whire wheels with non eared spinners, I think this car is a very late 1.5 The car came back to the UK in 92 the current owner has only travelled a few hundred miles in the car since , what i find odd is the car is fitted with tripple SUs and not strombergs like other cars that went to the states. Is it possible a few cars in the states were fitted with SUs ? Also the car has had its colour changed , is there a data plate that states the original
2005-10-25 21:24:42 | pauls writes:
The data plate does not tell the color. You can apply for a JDHT and that will tell you what the original color was. Also look at the metal work behind the instrument panel and the original color will usually be visible there. Compare that to the color samples on this site by clicking on "resources" then "Colors Illustrated by E-Types in the Database". So far as JCNA is concerned there were "no" S1.5 cars delivered with triple SUs. Personally I haven't found any exceptions to that rule but I think its very possible that a car may have been spec'd for another market which kept SUs somewhat longer than NA cars. If you care to email me directly I can likely get more specific about what Jaguar documents say it should have. It is very common, and popular, to replace the Strombergs with SUs.
2005-11-27 15:40:39 | tinksy writes:
i have a 1968 series 1.5 roadster that i am trying to trace the history of.
I think the number on the engine is different however: 7E9107-9. Am I looking on the wrong place or was the engine replaced? If so, is it also a 68 engine or somethine else?
2006-01-02 10:37:25 | Dexter writes:
I have a 1971 E-type P2R14466 does anybody know how many of the 2R cars where produced?? How do the numbers run??
2006-01-04 00:29:28 | pauls writes:
As mentioned above in the discussion about S2 cars there is little written info on when the "2R" appeared and why. It did happen in late '70 and all '71 cars have it, probably includes only several hundred cars, a small portion of the S2 production. It may have been associated with a change in tail light lenses and some other minor changes.
2006-01-04 00:39:47 | pauls writes:
The number for your engine should be near the oil filter, on the block above the filter housing. It should also be stamped into the cylinder head just ahead of the front spark plug. Check your block, it may be original and only the head has been replaced. For sure 7E9107-9 is not likely a '68 number and the number on your data plate is more in line with that era motor.
2006-03-10 17:55:25 | Gary writes:
Got a 1966 or 1967 Jag xke FHC, Engine number reads 7E3900-9, can anyone out there help me? Is this a 66 or 67 ?
Thanks in advance
2006-03-12 11:55:11 | Bill writes:
The best way to identify your car is by the chassis number. It will be the number on the data plate that begins with "1e" followed by 5 digits the first of which will probably be a "3" since your car is a FHC.
2006-03-15 20:43:46 | tomas writes:
Can someone please help clarify my engine and vehical being original, here are my numbers; It is a 1971 FHC Series II, not a 2+2. The engine number on information plate and block is 7R13242 9 The other numbers are 2R28324 4R24281 KE14593 They are on a rudimentry aluminum rivited plate devoid of other information. Is the engine original to this car? Please advise ASAP.
p.s. great information on your site.
2006-03-18 03:13:11 | c storey writes:
Tomas - your 7R engine is entirely correct for the car. 7 R engines were only fitted to series 2 e types - my early 1969 car has an engine number of 7R 3592-9 so your number sounds about right for a late series 2 car
You can get a good deal of information about numbers by searching this site's database for cars of similar age to yours
2006-03-19 19:44:03 | bill w writes:
I looking for the history of 877799 believed to have been raced in calif. and I found in 25000 pieces in a barn in 2005. Who owned, raced, photos, anything.
2006-03-21 13:04:30 | pauls writes:
Bill, you need to register 877799 by selecting "enter data" to the left. Enter what info you know. Then if someone searches xked.com to add or find info that VIN, as you have here, they will see your note. This is just the kind of thing that this site provides a venue to do. If you have any questions about entering the car let me know.
2006-03-26 12:45:07 | Bibi Baki writes:
Hi, I live in Spain. I own a LHD XK-E (1S25568). Can anyone give me details of the correct road clearance on this model. It seems very low, and touches bottom on very slight uneven roads. Would appreciate help. Thanks
2006-03-30 07:23:04 | gio writes:
I bought a 1967 series 1 fhc 2+2 that i am trying to trace the history of. The engine number on the head and block are 7E10000-9. Who can tell me when it was built and if these numbers are okay? The old owner thinks it's a 1967 but I don't think so. Help
2006-04-16 22:01:12 | David writes:
I believe I know how you page works if you have all of that information and if
car has all the number matching components but what about the cars that are
not? I have a couple of 3.8 engines and a Gearbox in the garage one of them
am confident is out of a XKE ( ra4233-9 ) if a person could post the engine
number alone in the data base perhaps it could be re united with it’s
car and that car could become a numbers matching vehicle again. I noticed
do not post the engine numbers, Gearbox, Etc. if the data base could post
those and perhaps set then in a different color if they are not the correct
ones for that particular car, I feel owners could work out some deals to
re-unite many of these cars with there correct number matching items and
knows perhaps there might be a glimmer of a hope for people so they would
less likely to just grind them and forge the numbers on these items????
2006-04-22 15:43:28 | Randy writes:
Has anyone seen or own a 65 FHC Carmen Red/Black #1E30939?
I owned it in the early eighties. I was just wondering if anyone has restored it.
I own 889231 now, starting off at the beginning of a long project. I found that my
picture frame is in Sweden, and that one on my car. Very interesting, the life of an E-type.
2006-07-11 07:27:14 | Ms TM writes:
Hi guys, hope you don't mind my dropping by - I'm trying to determine fair pricing of a restored car. It's a series 1.5 69 Roadster OTS, and as best as I can report here, it is absolutely painstakingly restored to the finest detail. I learned that in 2002 a 67 Roadster sold at Auction for $104k USD, and this 69 model seems to be floating into that price bracket... I'd like to know how rare this model is in the States and whether a maximum detail restoration qualifies the car for that price range...
I'm unsure of matching numbers, and have been unable to find information that confirms how many of this model approximately were available in the States and how many remain... Any help is welcome. Thank you kindly. Regards, Ms TM.
2006-07-24 00:13:59 | Manuel writes:
I noticed a few people wondering about their cars open headlights when the books say they should be covered, some dealers changed bonnets to closed headlights so the customer would have a newer looking car, buyers were not concerned with originality back then as much as wanting it to be the "upgraded ?" newer looking model, Another item is some cars built during transitions had parts mixed between new and previous models until old inventory was depleted as to not waste parts, My last E had a date in chalk behind the gauge panel on the forward inside bulkhead that matched all the paperwork and JDHT certificate,
2006-07-30 06:36:40 | Jim writes:
My 71 FHC S2 has title and picture frame numbered PR28144. I had to list it here differently to accomodate the data base. Go figure!
2006-08-09 17:57:45 | Allan writes:
I am looking for an XKE I saw on ebay back in '04 that was from somewhere in Arizona (dealer) that didn't end up meeting the reserve. I am hoping that maybe someone caught it and copied that info down like on some of the models on here.
It was a 1967 S1.5 LHD OTC, light shade of blue, white interior/top, open headlights, A/C, toggle switches, 3 carbs. It was the only Jag that I have come across with those features. Of course, I don't know if it came that way from the factory. Is there any way to do a search based on this criteria to find it? Any other place to look?
Thanks in advance.
2006-08-14 08:57:12 | Martin writes:
SOFTTOP XKE 74
I am looking for an replacement softtop for my 74 XKE OTS. I thought the original
softtop was made in vinyl only. After contacting SNG Barratt I was told that there
were Ser 3 cars fitted with mohair softtops. Is this correct ???
Can somebody clarify this as I want to keep my car as originaly ( stock) as possible.
Who does supply good vinyl replacement softtops ?????
2006-08-22 19:04:41 | pauls writes:
Regarding your '71 VIN. By factory records there should have been a "1" or a "2" between the P and R, most likely a 2 since this is a late series two car. Please check your data plate to look for the missing digit. That said there are always exceptions (factory errors) but the data base can't really allow for errors. Titles are historically incorrect, many used the body number and some even used the engine number.
2006-08-22 19:10:53 | pauls writes:
We catch most cars on ebay, however if no VIN is provided it can't be captured. A quick search of '67 ots cars, last seen in '04 does not turn up a blue car in Arizona. So probably the seller gave no vin. To the second part of your post what you saw is normal for a later '67 car. There are likely thousands of them exactly as you describe. Open h/ls but all other features of an earlier car. Please see my post above in Feb of last year.
2006-08-22 19:22:47 | pauls writes:
I'm no pro on S3 cars but also believe all cars from basically the 4.2L introduction in '65 had vinyl tops. You should pose your question to the E-type lovers forum at: forums.jag-lovers.org/
You will get a solid answer to these types of questions there.
2006-08-24 12:33:06 | ghetto man writes:
Have car number but only part. P1R26?78 is there any way of telling what the? might be? Have no title anyway of hetting a good title.The car has not been registered since early 70's.
2006-08-29 01:12:46 | Richard writes:
I have a 64 FHC, 890018. I have a good friend who is restoring a 1970 OTS He asked me to do some research for him and gave me the VIN 1R12987Z. I told him he must be mistaken, there was no letter at the end of the VIN. He insisted and showed me the original plate. Sure enough, there was a "Z" stamped at teh end of the VIN. In addition, there was a "Z" stamped at the end of the Body and Gearbox numbers. Not after the Engine number though. Do you have any idea what the significance of the "Z" is?
2006-08-29 07:58:47 | Roger writes:
Richard, is this a car in the states? I wonder if it might be some sort of state stamp for something like a reissued title...dunno. Does the engine number match the dataplate? I'd love to see a photo!
2006-08-29 13:11:46 | Richard writes:
Thanks Roger, I'll get it and scan it, so it'll be really clear. As I understand, the car came here through Canada. I'll talk to MIke, my friend, today and see if I can get the old plate. He's already had a repro plate done and now I have gotten him all concerned. He is in the restoration business and his target for this customer's car is 100 points. Thanks for the response.
2006-08-29 20:54:29 | Richard writes:
Roger, I have a very good scan of this number plate with the "Z" on it. How shall I send it to you?
2006-08-30 02:01:43 | Roger writes:
Richard, I'll send you a note, and you can attach it to the reply. Thanks!
2006-09-21 08:52:44 | Fred writes:
I'm not sure what year my v-12 xke is!! The ID plate shows: car # UD1S21547, eng # 7S9236LB, body # 4S 3230 , gear box # KL4490 . So what year is this car ? Also what colors did this car come in during that time ? Thanks.
2006-09-28 08:39:02 | Allan writes:
Paul, thanks for the reply. You know, it may have been on ebay anywhere from Sept 2001 through 2003. It was some dealer, possibly a classic car dealer, in AZ. I wish I would have saved the info.
2006-10-03 07:26:54 | Tricia writes:
Hi can you help, I need to varify the originality of an E-Type S3 2+2 , engin number 7S4044SB on the number plate GGD 291L and who the current owner is. I have tried putting details in to your form above but afraid I am getting nowhere.
2006-10-03 09:49:08 | Peter writes:
Hey Folks - Greetings from Vermont! How can I tell the original color of a 1974 XKE? I have the VIN (UE1S25215) and the Body # (4 S 7491), but not sure if it's been repainted. Please email me directly if you have any information. Thanks so much!
2006-10-05 10:21:22 | pauls writes:
E-types have no record of the original color like many other cars. In order to know for sure you will need to apply for a JDHT certificate.
That will tell you the original color, build and dispatch dates and will confirm the other numbers on the car match. On a simpler note one can usually tell the original color by looking behind the instrument panel in the fuse holder area. That area is rarely painted unless the car was truely taken down to a complete nut and bolt restoration.
2006-10-06 05:51:45 | Allan writes:
Paul, I found the ebay page saved on an old floppy (that was lucky). The car has been registered here but is missing most data.
2006-10-07 11:09:56 | pauls writes:
That is some kind of miricel.... especially given that floppies are hardly even ever used. If there is any info that we don't have please post it if you can. Otherwise feel free to send it direclty to me. You can contact me by clicking on the "pauls" above.
2006-10-11 14:14:41 | David writes:
Have a 65 XKE Series 1 Coupe. IE31697. Super solid, great wires, 3 carb, etc.I don't want to whore it up on E Bay, etc. Where can I get some appx. values and where best to market this car. Yes, I'm fishing, but have to start somewhere. I'm in So Cal, if that helps.
2006-10-12 03:30:08 | Roger writes:
David, I used to own 1E31659. Drop me a line, not sure I'll have any solid info, but might be able to help.
2006-11-05 17:39:04 | Dick writes:
I have a 74 OTS that has a 3:77-1 final drive unit. I am the third owner and I'm pretty sure it's original (UE1S25806BW). All other serial numbers correspond to the JDHT certificate. The certificate doesn't list the differential serial number. The final drive unit serial number stamping is Ex5448 D 74. The tag on the rear housing is stamped 49/13 which equates to a 3:77-1 ratio. I don't now if the car was special ordered with the 3:77 rear end unit. Anyone else have a 1974 automatic car with a 3:77-1 final drive ration unit? Any idea how to document this is a factor original shipped unit? Email me at OV1pilot@aol.com if you have information that may shed some light on this mystery.
2006-11-23 11:48:02 | GT writes:
I have a 61 e Type whis has the letters J62 appended to the VIN number on the reg docs. This was a California car . Does any body know by who and why this prefix was added to the cars as it is causeing me trouble with the newly computorised MOT system in England.
2006-11-27 21:19:13 | Alan Andrea writes:
Looking at a '68 fhc for purchase that is supposedly a US delivered car with a -8 engine number suffix. This means 8:1 compression ratio. Nearly all the S1.5 cars were 9:1. Any thoughts on why this car wasn't? Also FYI, own a late '66 OTS which had a canvas top from new. I believe S1.5 cars first had the vinyl soft top.
2006-11-27 23:33:44 | pauls writes:
The tops were canvas up to early '67. Regarding the 8:1 CR, anything could be ordered from the factory and 8:1 was commonly shipped to markets with poorer fuels.... not normally to North America tho. One can't be positive it was a US delivered car or even that it has the original motor without a JDHT certificate.
2006-12-06 00:16:30 | pauls writes:
To GT and others RE; Jxx VIN prefix.
Info is difficult to find about the prefix but all references and history point to it being mandated by the California DMV, some debate about why. The cars were imported to the USA via Jaguar Cars New York with the original VIN. Its believed that the west coast distributor Charles H. Hornburg Jr. Inc. installed the prefixes to satisfy CA mandates. As far as is known even tho he was west coast distributor it seems he only distrubuted cars to CA. Anyone has any factual historical info to add I'd like to hear it.
2006-12-26 11:56:21 | Phil Remig writes:
I recently registered my 1967 Jaguar OTS - Car # 1E14956. The numbers from the builders plate are listed in this database. The numbers Body and Transmission #'s do not seem to be in sequence with other 1967's in the database. Is this unusual??
2006-12-28 01:48:52 | Roger writes:
Phil, It's not unusual for them to be off by as many as a few hundred on engines and transmissions, usually much closer for bodies but not always and not unusual for them to be a bit off. Your body number seems to be about 100 out of sequence...at the rate of building 25 or so cars a week, if your car had something which needed to be rectified, it could easily be the case. Your gearbox number is very unusual, is that correct?
2006-12-29 08:34:55 | Phil Remig writes:
I am pretty sure that the # shown is the number on the build plate. Is there an easy way to inspect the transmission itself?
2007-01-04 09:37:06 | Bob Kay writes:
I've been looking for a 1963 3.8 litre fixed head coupe, which I owned in 1967 -69. I have the no's: 860805, which I thought was the "car" number, and R7021-9, the "engine" number. I have tried to put these into the register, but it rejects them ? Anyone know what I'm doing wrong, please ?
2007-01-05 12:21:51 | pauls writes:
There can be confusion with the numbers as Jaguar called them different things, Chassis No or Car No. Gov. agencies in North America call them a VIN (vehicle identification number). It didn't help that there is a separate Body number either. That's a good number and the car was registered in '04. Put 860805 into the box in the upper right hand corner. I see you mentioned that the International register has something wrong. What is wrong? The only thing listed is the color, registration and VIN. I have the '06 version of the register which has the same information.
2007-01-10 20:08:06 | Barry Perkin writes:
I have looked over my 71 series two coupe, I can't find any numbers that correspond to the type needed for tracking it. The small plate on the engine bulkhead in front of the driver (lhd) reads, Car number R28284, Engine number 7R13152-9, Body number 4R24244, Gear box number KE14539. The plate on the door jamb reads Year: 8-70, 2R8284. I am unable to locate any numbers on the engine or the gearbox. If there are any suggestions as to where else I can look, it would be appreciated. Is the small plate I quoted from on the engine bulkhead the build plate?
2007-01-11 13:17:14 | pauls writes:
Those are the correct numbers. Your VIN is the R28284 number however if you look closely its probably preceded by a "2". 2R28284 is a valid VIN for a left-hand drive, fixed-head coupe. Your VIN (if its North American spec) should also be on an aluminum tag on the windshield pillar on the drivers side and also stamped into the frame just above the right front shock absorber mount.
2007-01-15 20:52:54 | Peter Nicoll writes:
I have 7D53175-9 on both my engine head and block over the oil filter. My v i n # is P1R26785 colour is chocolate, which I believe is sable.What engine is in my car by that number I found,motor is 4.2L 1969 xke F H C?
2007-01-18 02:35:59 | jonny7 writes:
2007-01-20 20:34:14 | Anonymous writes:
HELLO............... ! HOPE ALL IS WELL.............
QUESTION.......THE `61 MODEL XKE HAS A SMALL WINDSHIELD AND SIDE WINDOWS.
CAN YOU TELL ME THE YEAR THE WINDOWS WERE ENLARGED, AND WHAT YEARS THE SMALL `61 TYPE WINDOWS WERE MADE ?
THANK YOU, PLEASE EMAIL THE CORRECT ANWSER TO :
2007-01-21 23:39:02 | pauls writes:
I assume by small windshield and side windows you're referring to the "short wheelbase" (SWB) cars. The glass is virtually all the same for those from '61-'71. In '66 a "long wheelbase" car was introduced, the 2+2. These can easily be detected by the longer doors and thus glass. The windshield changed on LWB cars in '69 to a steeper rake. In '71 with the new V12 motor the SWB cars were discontinued all cars became LWB even the roadster.
2007-02-11 17:07:57 | David writes:
I've recently bought a S2 +2, the vin number on the car is as follows, P1R7651994C, I cannot eter it into the register as it gets rejacted. I was told that the car was originally sent to Rhodesia as a diplomats car in knock down form on 1970/71, any info on this greatfully recieved... car is located in Britian, in standard UK spec.
2007-02-11 23:10:22 | Roger writes:
David, the "94C" on the tail end is suspect...have no idea what it is but as far as I know, it's not a factory mark and hence the parser doesn't like it.
2007-04-01 20:51:10 | Jack Fitch writes:
Hello, I am considering purchasing a 69 xke coupe is this a desireable model? I'm new to xke but have always loved their looks The car# etc all check out on your wonderful website. What shoud I look for or expect to find in this car. I tis supposed to be very low milage. I NEED advice. Thank You, Jack
2007-04-22 21:57:29 | Michael Hoover writes:
I have 1E15651 a 1967 it has open head lights and all the other quercks most 1 1/2 have.o as I understand it, it's a seres I, or is it a 1.5
2007-04-25 19:08:15 | Tom writes:
Michael, if you go to the JCNA website and read the new Series 1.5 judging standards you will find that your roadster is a late Series 1 open headlight car. The first Series 1.5 would occur at or near 1E15980 which was built more than 300 cars after yours. There continues to be much confusion surrounding the 1967 Open Headlight /1968 Series 1.5 cars but, according to the judging standards, the Series 1.5 cars begin with the introduction of the 1968 model year vehicles that were fully "federalized" to meet U.S. safety and emission standards.. The information in the numbers guide on this site relating to the Series 1.5 cars conflicts with the JCNA judging guide and probably should be updated. It appers to be fairly accurate to state that the headlight covers were deleted from the late Series 1 cars in January 1967 and that all subsequent 1967 model year vehicles are Open Headlight Series 1 cars.
2007-05-28 15:48:10 | guy Stewart, Jr. writes:
Thank you for your very informative collection of data. I have a E-Type FHC (rhd). The ID Plate states that is Car No. 889307, Engine No. RA 3897-9, Body No. V-6624, and Gear Box No. EB12003JS. It is my understading that this is a late model 3.8, built in 1964, and, as such, has an all-synchro transmission. Can you tell me if this is correct?
Again, thank you for your time and trouble.
PS The car is for sale. It is quite nice, and is the subject of a $90,000.00 restoration, although it is not concours (i.e, oversize aluminum radiator, electric fans, etc.)
2007-06-12 22:00:44 | John Kaukas writes:
I have a 1967 2+2 that I've owned since 1972. I never bothered to look up the car number and figured it was a Series I based on the fact that is has none of the characteristics of a Series 1.5. The car number is 1E77968 Engine 7E53814-9 and Body number 4E53498. It appears the car number of my car is off the right end of the numbering scheme for Series 1.5. How many cars are numbered in this range but have no Series 1 components. Also, what constitutes a Series 1.5 is it the car number or it's components? Thanks for any feedback.
2007-06-13 20:15:23 | Anonymous writes:
John, Your 2+2 should be a Series 1.5 car since it is more than 200 cars past 1E77709 which is the first 1.5 2+2. The easily recognizes differences from the Series 1 cars should include the deletion of the headlight covers, twin Stromberg carbureters, rocker switches on the dash, recessed interior door handles and a smooth center hub for the wire wheels.
Both the components and the numbers determine the Series 1.5 designation since all 2+2s from 1E77709 to the end of the 1968 model year production run should have left the factory with all the unigue series 1.5 features.
P;ease add some pictures of your car to your entry on this site.
2007-06-27 06:55:11 | John Kaukas writes:
I will post pictures soon. I realize what you are saying regarding the numbering but the car has none of the characteristics of a 1.5. The car has been in my family since 1972 so I know it's history from then on. I find it hard to believe that the headlights, carbureters, rocker switches, door handles have been switched out prior to owning the car. The only explanation I can think of is that the numbers scheme was deviated from at the factory. I'm considering doing a Heritage History on the car.
2007-06-28 19:04:58 | Tom writes:
John, Based on the body number of your car it appears that the body was built in late May or early June 1967 and should have a car number around 1E77553. The May/June build date would account for the Series1 features, The car number and engine number that you list would seem to indicate an assembly date in early 1968 but the engine would have the dual Strombergs and ribbed cam covers by that date. It would seem that either the factory had body 4E53498 sitting around for six months before putting it into production in early 1968 or prior to your ownership someone installed later running gear in your car. My bet would be that a prior owner blew the original engine and it was either replaced under warranty or from a wrecked donor car using the carbs and cam covers from the original engine, How the component numbers ended up on the same data plate is a mystery to me. A Heritage Certificate would help solve the mystery. If the certificate confirms that the numbers you list are original to the car you have a rather unusual vehicle and it would be interesting to see if the factory can explain the circumstances surrounding its birth.
2007-07-06 07:52:23 | John Kaukas writes:
Tom, I agree it makes sense to get a Heritage Certificate. I understand your point regarding the original engine although the car does have matching engine numbers to the VIN plate. I've posted a picture of the engine number on the cylinder head along with other pictues on this site. BTW, the car is obviously not the orginal color and has been painted twice since 1972 (the original color was a primrose yellow). Appreciate the information regarding body build dates.
2007-07-10 21:48:30 | keith writes:
i have a 1967 fhc it is from what i can tell a late build 1e 33140 this puts it july 67. it has twin strombergs but no cross over plate. does anyone else have a late 67 with out the triple su set up. i have heard so many conflicting stories.i do not want to change the intake setup if it is correct and original to the car. it has a block off plate where the heat riser is on the s1.5 please advise.
2007-07-12 18:43:03 | Tom writes:
Keith, Jaguar 1E33140 was built around July of 1966 and would be a 1966 model year coupe although since it was produced late in the year it may have been titled as a 1967 when it was sold new. Triple SU's would be appropriate for your car since the Strombergs were introduced on the coupes at 1E34583 in August 1967. Swapping SUs for Strombergs is somewhat unusual and it would be interesting to know why it was done.
2007-08-22 20:28:38 | John writes:
Can i track previous owners with vin. or other #s for more info. on car
2007-12-10 11:20:24 | Christophe writes:
I would like to know more information about the S1 - 875814. this car as a title from 62 but from i saw in your database it was produce somewhere in Oct from61. Is this possible? I also checked that there cars nearby this P/N appear with the Date 61, 62 or 63. This means when they were regiter for the 1º time?
What could be a price for this car with 4/5 stars?
2007-12-10 17:28:20 | kjelle writes:
Where do I find the punched carnumber in the engine bay of my OTS-74 LHD US-spec?
Need it for the regisration in Sweden.......
2008-01-06 12:05:17 | pauls writes:
Perfectly normal for a car to be sold in North America as a '62 even though built in Oct. '61. There is evidence that production of a new model year began in August of the previous year. As to value, impossible to guess without more information. Concourse winners are available for $100k. Very nice cars are available for half that so as you can see small factors between very nice and concourse can double the value.
2008-01-08 14:28:51 | Christophe writes:
Thanks for your comments
I have made the Deal so I´m another proudly jag owner. I´ve posted some photos of the car in the P/N database. please let me know what think.
Greetings from Portugal
2008-07-19 11:27:52 | Don Andersen writes:
I am just completing a 20+ year restoration on my 1964 3.8 E-Type FHC 890604. I am getting an archive certificate from Jaguar and have the numbers they have researched. My data plate was lost several years ago. A previous owner swapped the original gearbox to a full syncro unit EJ4183 which looks like a 1965-1966 vintage from a records file I found somewhere a few years ago. The Gearbox number Jaguar gave me is GB5019JS. All my research tells me the 3.8 gearbox prefix was always EB. Was there a GB prefix and if so what was it? Perhaps they misread the archive and put GB when it should be EB but then another question comes up on the numbers 5019. This is in the range of numbers going int mid 1962 cars and my car was built May 1964 at which time numbers in the high 14,000 to low 15,000 range were being used. Any helpful information would be greatly appreciated.
2008-07-21 00:05:41 | Darrin writes:
Just picked up a 1965? xke today car# 1E30919 engine# 7E3589-9 gearbox# EJ1904 body# 4E21461the gear box number seams to be a bit off from the cars registered here. Any info would be great
2008-07-24 17:53:59 | Roger writes:
Darrin, It's not unusual to see jumps like that. They probably finally grabbed the bottom of the stack of gearboxes the day your car was built, or something similar.
2008-08-29 21:14:04 | pauls writes:
There are several sources but one is XKs Unlimited in California.
2009-01-05 17:58:07 | Kevin writes:
Can someone help me out. I have the same plate above but it doesnt seem to be the same vehicle as mentioned here. My friend gave me the plate and is wondering which kind of jaguar it is.
Car NO. P/B 8614BW - Body NO. 4B 9819 - Engine NO. 7B 9763-8
2009-01-13 00:23:24 | pauls writes:
The plate is probably from a '67 S-type. The link below describes a car VERY close to the VIN on your plate. The forward slash between P and B is likely a 1. The P denotes optional power steering, the BW denotes automatic transmission leaving the VIN as 1B8614.
2009-02-12 18:25:39 | Bob writes:
My 1969 Ser 2 FHC is shown as "despatched" in Dec 68, but not "delivered" until Jan 72 - which seems odd because it has a UK "G" (1969) suffix registration plate. Original registration date was Jan 1969. Does anyone know why.
2009-03-01 22:41:23 | pauls writes:
Location of the body number depends on the body style and series. Most cars have it on a tag riveted to the body behind the rear license plate. Earlier FHC cars have it inside riveted to the vertical member on the fuel tank side, however it has been found in other places. If you leave your email address I can send you a document that explains the location of "most" of the numbers on the cars.
I know little about UK registrations but two suggestions; the JDHT made an error, it happens, you can ask them again to verify. My own car was delivered a full year after dispatch. I questioned JDHT about this, they said it was common for the cars to be held in the dealer as a demonstrator or executive car. In the US these cars are not registered and not considered delivered until sold, thus JDHT records show a very different dispatch and delivery date. Is it possible the car could have held unsold but registered by the dealer?
2009-03-05 12:00:46 | Daniel writes:
How can I know the original colour of car? I have a E-type Cabriolet '67 Chassis No. 1E14271.
2009-03-06 12:54:56 | pauls writes:
The only way to be 100% sure of original color is to obtain a JDHT certiicate. You can get info on how to get that by clicking on the "LINKS" button on the top left of this page. "Jaguar Heritage" is at the top of that next page. I wold recommend using the "Obtaining a Production Record Trace Certificate" link as it might be a little more informative. Otherwise the original color can usually be found behind the fold down instrument panel but if the car has had a complete restoration that area may have been painted too.
2009-03-17 09:18:04 | Tom writes:
Dave, I am having a tough time locating my series II engine number. I just saw, today, your post: "At some point early in series 2 production stamping the engine number on the head was discontinued. Series 2 cars have an engine number like "7Rxxxx". You should find the real number either just above the oil filter housing or on the flywheel flange near the oil dipstick.
My question, before I go out to the garage.. is: Is the number cast or stamped? on the block/or flywheel flange and how tall is the lettering?
2009-03-17 09:22:26 | Tom writes:
Oops, sorry Paul...that was your post on the location. My bad.
2009-04-20 18:09:05 | pauls writes:
Hmmmm, thought I answered your question but guess not, probably too late now. The numbers are stamped, roughly 7mm tall. It could either be on the block above the oil filter as on older engines or if a later engine on the flywheel flange. If on the flange there is an obvious milled area where it will be stamped.
2009-05-10 03:02:26 | Xavier Guerrero writes:
I have an xke rhd ots and the number in the chassis right hand side is 225368 ,I think it is not right . The engine number near the oil filter is B3 27 9 66 but maybe it should be E3 27 9 66. Should the engine number be the same as the chassis number? The number in the cylinder head is 7E11786-8 and the number in the body plate on the back is 4B6220 but maybe it should be 4E6220. Could you comment so I can sort out the vin plate to add to my car.
2009-05-16 18:48:15 | Alexander writes:
I want to import a KX8 or XKR into Mexico but the customs require -because of NAFTA- the VIN nr to be starting with 1,4 or 5 ( US manufactured ). It is odd to see all these XKE classics with a serial starting in a number, since cars made in the UK star usually with letter such as an S. My question is whether some one might advise how to get -if it is possible- an KK8 2000-2003 with a VIN starting with 1, 4 or 5. So much obliged for any follow up comment or lead. AL.
2009-05-21 07:25:31 | pauls writes:
Alexander, can't help with your import issues you might want to pose the question on the Jag Lovers XK8 forum.
There are different standards for importing these old cars. Nearly all older Jags have a 6 digit VIN, little more than a serial number. Now days there is all kinds of info packed into the VIN.
2009-09-21 18:05:28 | RHW writes:
Is the count displayed after each segment of car serial numbers correct?? For example, 1R25001-1R28786. Shouldn't the correct count be 3,786 vehicles?
2010-01-06 13:58:42 | DAVE MAC writes:
Great info, just started on getting the history on my 69' Type 2. This is the best site I've found, good job.
2010-01-17 13:45:07 | jaghog writes:
i have a 71 v12 2+2 in sabel i would like to do a color change would it be exceptable to choose from colors for that year ordo i have to kee pit coreect is the color id on the door plate ty
2010-02-06 18:55:00 | pauls writes:
I believe the consensus would be that its quite acceptable to do a color change. An originally available color for that year would be a plus. There is no color ID on the E-type that I know of which is a perpetual problem for people trying to find out what the original color actually was. You can find out from Jaguar archives by obtaining a JDHT, which will tell you what color the car was when it left the factory.
2010-02-12 00:11:12 | mark writes:
Could someone tell me where the builders plate is located on a 1971 series 2. Paul spoke of a document noted the location of all numbers
2010-03-13 07:04:35 | Daniel Chadwick writes:
I have had a series 1 4.2 roadster chassis 1e 1732 for the past 25 years and am considering restoring it. It is currently red but I was wondering how to find out the original colour.....if it was different.
2010-03-13 07:10:38 | daniel Chadwick writes:
Sorry just seen comment above. Where and how do you apply for a JDHT?
2010-03-18 09:59:02 | pauls writes:
Go to the below link.
2010-03-25 07:01:00 | chris writes:
Regarding the 2R designation on late model series II xke's, I am frantically trying to find an article I read sometime ago. It stated that they began using this numbering system on a few series II cars (16) i remember prior to launching the series III V-12;s. It also noted that these II's had an small leaping cat emblem on either side of the bonnet .
2010-05-22 04:47:42 | Bernie writes:
1E34387 is considered as a Series 1.25, being an early S1.5 with the only change of the open headlights.
Everything else is pure S1 4.2.
2010-06-05 17:39:28 | Daniel Cookson writes:
I have a 1967 2+2, series 1 (or maybe 1.5?). It appears to be a series 1 except it has the Series 2 dual radiator fans factory installed. There was something else in the engine area that had to do with the cooling system my mechanic said was Series 2 but thats it. In the process of restoring the car I came across a small aluminum plate stamped J/67 fastened with rivets to the rear license plate area. I posted a picture on 1E75265BW. I read where J/66 was for cars imported to California. What is the J/67 designation? Thanks much.
2010-08-03 17:48:30 | Kapro writes:
My car no. is not readable. Is there any chance to find out car no. if I have body, engine and gear box numbers?
2010-08-10 22:44:31 | Ed writes:
I just bought a '67 2+2 and I wanted to get a number plate made, where can i find the corresponding body number for car #1E76132BW I would also like to convert it fron the chevy it has now to the original 4.2 any suggestions as to where i can find a motor /trans?
2010-09-11 09:30:53 | Greg writes:
Hi - I'm looking at an e type 5.3 s3 with a number 1s 72019. The car appears to have bulit by British Leyland in France and is an open top 2 + 2 ? A bit confused as I thought the number referred this car as 2 + 2 LHD coupe ? Can anyone offer any advice please ?
2010-09-29 14:49:40 | Robin writes:
The number at the door handle is 1R13616 which according to the number should be a RHD but it is a LHD. It's a XKE 4.2 6 cyl. What happened? Or what gives?
2010-11-24 19:22:33 | pauls writes:
The factory numbers say 1S70001 - 1S75183 are LHD 2+2 cars. If your car is an open car (OTS) there are several possibilities. A number of 2+2 cars have been converted to open cars, there used to be shops in the US that specialized in this, all gone now. The numbers could have been legally purchased with a title and applied to your car or someone has changed the numbers for some reason. Compare the body number on the car to the one on the data plate to insure they match. I suggest you order a JDHT certificate from Jaguar Heritage Trust, this is the only way to discover how the car was delivered.
Factory says 1R7001 - 1R14853 are LHD open cars so your numbers are correct.
2010-11-25 09:55:34 | Mauro Borella writes:
Hallo, on my '66 Series 1 Coupè 4.2 the builder's plate shown the correct chassis and engine numbers 1E32961 and 7E8893-8 (matched with the ones stamped on the car and on the Heritage Certificate) but the Body and Gearbox numbers on the same plate do not conforms to the ones specified on the Certificate (Body 52K5 -on plate- instead of 4E24333-on certificate- and gearbox EJ846-on plate- instead of EJ8363-on certificate-). Could be that the plate was changed (may be during a past restoration of the car) and they put a new one stamping just the most easy, visible correct numbers (chassis and engine) and then put two fantasy numbers for the body and gearbox, or there are other cases where the body and gearbox numbers on the plate do not conforms to the ones specified on the Heritage Certificate? Many thanks in advance. Mauro
2011-01-10 14:58:16 | Mike writes:
on S1 3.8, i have 885505, where is the body number stamped other than data plate?
2011-02-12 15:58:24 | David writes:
I recieved my dad's 1962 XKE after he passed away. I'm trying to figure out how it fits into all of this. It has matching numbers. The data plate states car # 885215 (also found on the "picture frame", body # V1250, engine # R2699-9 (also on top of block near the radiator), Gear Box # EB1823JS. It also has two strip tags reading J-62 and another reading Made in England. This Jag has the flat floor board, but the bonnet has the inside latch. I thought the 500 had bonnet latches. Was this made in 1961 as the seems to indicate? Is this correct?
2011-02-12 16:11:33 | David writes:
I should proof read before I submit. I intended to say I had read the the first 500 made had exterior bonnet latch's and flat floor boards and does the car number indicate this was made in 1961 as it is a low number? On a side note this car has sat for about 35 years and I'm not sure what I will do with it.
2011-05-10 10:42:21 | John writes:
I am trying to find the production date for my E Type. Can anyone tell me if and where I might find that information on the car?
2011-08-02 13:39:19 | john mcgarry writes:
i have 1S70163 series 3 1971 it was sent to america as a lhd 2+2 i bought it in New Zealand now rhd and brought it back to uk. i have the New Zealand history from May 1976 would love any other information.
2011-09-21 14:43:29 | Jeff writes:
I have a 1970 Jag XKE convertible. I'd like to compare the engine and gearbox # to my data (Builder) Plate numbers. Where on the engine will I find the number?
Where on the gearbox will I find the number?
2012-02-01 10:30:33 | Anonymous writes:
Can someone assist me to find OEM red color of LHD Jaguar e-type 1970 convertible S2 and interior carpet combination for this body color. Also some advice how to trace history of my car by vin number.
2012-03-14 00:06:15 | pauls writes:
The motor serial number was moved to the bell housing flange on the S2 cars, its just right of the dipstick as seen in this photo:
2012-03-19 18:43:28 | simon wright writes:
i have a 1961 - 1964 e type roadster not sure what year.the numbers match however the number on the cylinder head is for a mark 10 but it is also stamped on the plate.so either they switched during the assembley line or the previous owner went to a lot of trouble to hide it has any one got some insight
2012-03-24 21:16:13 | pauls writes:
Compare your numbers with those in the database and you will be able to come very close to build date and correct numbers. To get perfect numbers you will need to get a JHT certificate. You can find a link for that under "Links" in the upper left of this page.
2012-03-27 18:15:57 | simon wright writes:
i have a 1962 e type roadster. ... my cylinder head starts with a za number so its off a mark 10 but the embosed number off the block is C13790 i dont know if that is an etype block or a mark 10 block.. any body got any ideas
2012-04-04 04:58:26 | Anders A writes:
Has a number of years restored my old e-type "flatfloor" -62. Now I have a small or perhaps a big problem, have been told that I do not have a flatfloor instead a remodeled version of the E-type.
Serial number is 876159 Can someone please help me with this issue.
Anders A from Sweden
2012-04-09 23:04:02 | Tony Stuart writes:
Hi Can some one help me with the chassis no of my car? It is a OTS I was told 1965 model RHD,dash has toggle swiches ,Engine No 7E1335-9, Gear box No EJ368. I am unable to find any numbers any where else, The pitchure frame was badly damaged,the tag behind the no plate was missing
2012-05-16 20:47:40 | pauls writes:
Factory documentation and the JCNA judging guide say the cars were flat floor to 876381 so looks like you're good.
A '65 car definitely has toggle switches. Rocker switches were introduced in North America in '68, other countries '69. The VIN is only on the picture frame and data plate without those there is no proof. Some cars have a VIN written in grease pencil on various components, e.g. inside the dash, under upholstery but this is rather rare. The body number is also written on components on occasion but I fear without those numbers there is no way to be certain what you have. The engine would be constant with an early '65 but there is no proof that engine belongs in the car. Same with the gearbox, car 1E10155 has gearbox EJ371. Your only hope is for Jaguar Heritage Trust, however they may not be willing to provide unknown numbers, their general mission is confirmation of known numbers.
2012-06-11 09:04:28 | Nigel writes:
Hi, can anyone give me any information on how to replace the ridiculous overriders on a 1974 E-type cabriolet. Thanks.
2012-06-16 03:49:21 | simon writes:
I have aLHD 2+2 1969 e type. Experimental EX102. The registration shows the engine no as 3117.8 which I know is a 4.2, it lists it though as a V12! - according to jag both engines were used in it by the Experimental Dept so it is likely there was a mix up at registration. Can you varify when this engine was produced (month and year) and the BHP?
2012-06-22 08:32:01 | walter evans writes:
I have a 1970 series two e type Roadster. There is a marking on the head, G 414. Does anyone know what these markings stand for ?.
2012-06-22 08:36:50 | walter evans writes:
Sorry re my last posting..the marking on the head should read: GX 414.
2012-07-03 16:17:15 | paul hurdle writes:
I have a 1961 e type roadster vin # 875112 It is the the 111th e type shipped to north America.
I am interested in possibly selling it. It needs total restoration. It is a flat floor with outside bonnet locks.
Please contact me if interessed.
2012-08-07 13:54:38 | Jesper writes:
I own a Jaguar E-type with the following numbers on the builders plate:
According to the above, this suggest that the car is a 1968, S1.5, LHD, FHC. However the car is a 1969, S2, LHD, OTS. What is the most likely reason for this? Is it because the entire bonnet has been changed at one stage? I have not yet checked the stamped numbers on the engine and gearbox itself. Can I find the original car number elsewhere on the car?
BR Jesper, Copenhagen, Denmark
2012-09-09 22:51:31 | Gorden writes:
My E type roadster VIN is 1R9522. I purchased in 84 as a 1970 and has been registered as a 1970 model since then. I recently did a search of models VINs within + & - 20 #s and all came up as 1969. Is it possible that I have been wrong all these years and my car is actcually a 1969 model.
2012-09-26 18:18:34 | Ed writes:
I am interested in a 1970 FHC with a number of P1R27072. I want to know what the "P" stands for and is this a valid VIN?
2012-10-06 08:42:59 | dom writes:
just bought a 1967 fhc with no glass cover lights. The previous owner said they bought the car in 1972. I see no reason for the bonnet to have been change. They said no accident since they owned it. Vin# 1E34465. So my car is a late 67,early 68? Any comment. Thanks, Dom
2012-10-08 12:19:50 | Tom writes:
Your coupe is a 1967 Series 1 open headlight car built in mid June 1967 and should have all Series 1 features with the exception of the open headlights and the later "clean hub" wheels that were introduced on the coupes at 1E34339. The first 1968 Series1.5 is officially recognized as 1E34583 but if you look at 1E34580 and 1E34581 on this site you will note that they appear to be Series 1.5 cars. Congratulations on your acquisition of an XKE.
2012-12-05 00:10:15 | chris clowes writes:
i am currently restoring my series 1 4.2 ots RHD number 1E1782.
82 cars before the series 1.5 production run,however it has always had the open headlight bonnet/hood.Any ideas?
2012-12-09 13:26:39 | pauls writes:
Yes, the open headlights happened well before S1.5 production. I do not have numbers and dates for RHD introduction but in North America (LHD) they arrived in Jan. '67 around VIN 1E14535, rest of the world was soon after. Please note !E1775 just before your car at: www.xkedata.com/cars/detail/
2013-03-07 04:14:30 | Peter Ossie writes:
I have an early (1961/2) 3.8 roadster but the identity plate is missing .
Where on the car aould any isentifying marks be located . ie the body no , chassis no etc. ?
Are they in different places on each car ?
2013-03-21 12:12:27 | robert writes:
what make of jag did this engine fit 4.2 ltr engine number c34780ff
all help needed
2013-04-12 09:11:34 | dr rob writes:
im restorng a 1962 series 1 fhc, rhd chassis no. 860432, body no. v2267 , is this a flat floor model ? thanks in advance.
2013-05-08 08:16:29 | Sharon writes:
How do I find the original colour of a 1965 E-type 4.2 series1? I bought it in Grenadier red which is not a 1965 colour.
I have the Chassis and Engine numbers but have not found the body or gearbox numbers.
Can anyone help?
2013-05-15 17:35:38 | pauls writes:
The color is not designated on the car anywhere. The only means of discovering the original color is find a place that hasn't been repainted or by applying for a JHT certificate that will tell you the color the car was delivered with. You can find info at this link:
2013-05-31 04:37:50 | Craig Brody writes:
Hi Paul...I am ready to purchace 1E14561. It has been in the same owners garage for 32 years. It is a triple Black car from new & still wears most of its original factory finish. My question...it has covered headlights & the current owner says since he purchased it from the original owner in 1981 it has been untouched, still w/only18K original miles. How can I be sure this was a covered headlight car from new ? Any help would be great. Thank you in advance. Regards, Craig.
2013-05-31 16:17:55 | Tom writes:
If you review the Series 1 Judging Guide at the JCNA web site you will see that open headlights were introduced at 1E14535 but a few covered headlight cars were produced subsequent to the change. The Judging Guide cites 18 OTS examples with 1E14561 included on the list. Good luck with the purchase.
2013-05-31 18:26:13 | Anonymous writes:
Thank you Tom. I did take a look & very glad such records are listed. She's Fantastic. She's a 3 owner, last one for 32 year, 18K mile all original Survivor. Original paint & interior... just the top replaced. She's Triple Black & needs just a bit of sorting out after a 3 year slumber. I am excited. Can't wait to show her off. Great website ! Regards, Craig.
2013-06-26 02:38:06 | Rob writes:
I own a series 1.5 fhc rhd numder IE21611 according to your numbering it would have been number 27 of the 375 series 1.5 built.
Just to let you know, the entire car id series 1 apart from the open head lights.
by the way it is opelecent maroon with beige interior
2013-07-24 12:48:50 | Matt writes:
Hi, I have a 1966 FHC 2+2 which was imported into the UK in 1989 RHD. The VIN / Chassis number is 1E59745 which does not match a 66 2+2 RHD according to the book. Not sure what has happened. I need to locate the gearbox number on the gearbox as there is nothing on the chassis plate. Can anyone let me know the location of this physically on the gear box??? If I can give this along with the engine number to the Jag Heritage maybe they can let me know the actual VIN number. Cheers
2013-08-23 17:10:55 | Tyson writes:
I have a 71 XKE OTS # 2R14309 with a matching number engine. I'm looking for two things.
1) Where can the transmission numbers be located on the tranny?
2) Where can I locate the car numbers on the TUB of the car? Meaning NOT on the front frame members. I was told there might be numbers behind the license plate on another small plate. I don't see that on my car so I was wondering is there any other location Jag might have put numbers on the later series two cars?
2013-09-18 10:18:43 | Steve writes:
Hi just purchased an ex-Californian S3 XKE its now back in England
is it possible to trace the Californian plates back to see who owned the car in Santa Barbara?
Any help greatly appreciated.
2013-09-20 02:04:57 | Pat writes:
I am the proud new owner of 1967 Jaguar OTS # 15097 . It just came out of a 40 ownership and has covered headlights . After reading here that the first open headlight cars were introduced at # 14535 and that the subsequent few that were made soon after that still retained covered headlights were on the JCNA's judging guide I decided to check to see if my car is on that list , it is not . Which makes me think that it is possibly a very old replacement bonnet ? But then I came across car # 15099 that just recently sold at auction in Monterey for over $250 K , it also has covered headlights and is only 2 vin #s away . Not likely anyone would put that kind of money into a converted car . . . My question is - is there any new info out there pertaining to these transitional cars and just exactly when they switched over to open lights ?
Thank you in advance , any new info would be appreciated !
2013-09-27 00:04:19 | Tony writes:
I have recently acquired a 1971 V-12 XKE roadster car no.1S 70266BW which I believe would have been exported to the U.S. originally. I have no history until the car arrived in Australia from New Zealand about 12 years ago and has been in one owners hands during that period. It was converted tio R/H steering in N.Z. according to a plate attached to the car. According to the car no. it was originally a Coupe so must have been either fitted with a roadster body at some stage or had a chop top done to finish up as a roadster now.I cannot find any indication of that being done on the car though. I amkeen to find out more history if anyone can help. I have applied to Jaguar Heritage U.K. for a certificate giving production and despatch details from the factory.The car is red with black interior.
2013-10-02 23:42:46 | phillip writes:
does the number stamped on the head of a Series 1 match the engine number on the block and plate?
2013-11-18 10:51:44 | george writes:
i have an 1964 xke convertble ,restored with 3.8 engine
body number is 88313,reportedly xkss engine number is 63068
i believe that with good looking car and good running engine that even though number do not match ,does this take away from the value?
2013-12-14 18:15:22 | Bob B writes:
Hi... I am looking at a 1970 XKE OTS... originally Primrose Yellow... current owner bought the car from a "law student" that was going to school in NYC... the car has lived in NJ ever since... it has been painted white... has black interior... some restoration work has been completed over the years... the Builder's Plate is missing... there were two numbers I was able to find... unfortunately not the body number... the engine number is 7R-9445-9 and then there is a second number stamped on the head GD 660... the number by the right front shock is not obvious... painted over hopefully... I did not see a number by the windshield and I have not tried to look for the transmission number... can you help me figure out the car VIN based on what I have provided? The car needs a fair amount of restoration work... but seems like a worthy project. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
2013-12-18 12:38:53 | DOC writes:
Your best bet is to sand off the paint on the bird cage frame to read the number...
2014-01-02 21:41:53 | Barry writes:
Would like to locate a 1967 E-Type, that we bought in England and brought it back to NZ. Chassis No. 1E21471. Originally painted Roman Purple for us at the Factory. Fitted with centre roof aerial, and triple spoke wire wheels. Currently own a BRG 4.2 e-type, but always wondered what happened to our original baby that we understand was purchased in NZ and shipped back to UK. Hope somebody can help.
2014-02-04 19:30:32 | Paul writes:
I have a 1964 S1 FHC and none of the drive train numbers match the body number/builders plate.
Is there a way to look up/search what car these came from using the block/head/trans numbers?
2014-02-09 00:15:56 | pauls writes:
Paul, you can try searching for your various components in the data base by entering the number in the "Browse-Add" function. Unlikely you'll find a match but you might get lucky. Otherwise Jaguar Heritage Trust is the only source for such info. For privacy reasons they generally do not volunteer data about a car but only confirm if the numbers you supply to them are original. That said you can ask.
2014-02-11 16:42:17 | Brent writes:
I recently purchased 1E21746 an original condition RHD FHC exported to South Africa and registered in 1968. It conforms in every respect to a series one specification apart from being an open headlight variant. The car is red with a black interior.
2014-03-08 11:53:02 | andy writes:
hi can any body give me any information on a jaguar etype i have chassie number 7e 50763 old reg pgy 40 e i have the old log book and was first bought in Eastbourne in1967 thanks
2014-03-18 09:29:44 | Ken writes:
I have a question in regards to chassis numbers. I understand my car is a Series 1, LHD, FHC, but I'd like to figure out what month/year it was built, and pooling through books, can't figure it out! Chassis # 887802, can anyone help me?
2014-03-23 16:30:26 | Alan writes:
Don't know if it helps...But I've just bought a 1 owner from new RHD 2+2 coupe off of the guy who bought it new! And it's totally original.
He ordered it in Oct' 67 (from the original purchase invoice) but collected it in Jan '68, and he told me he was p*ssed off because the demo he drove was a series one with closed headlights, which is what he thought he was buying, but when his showed up from the factory it had open headlights!
So I don't know how old the demo was, but just goes to show they were still selling "series ones" in late '67. Everything else is as a series one, including the toggle switches, polished heads and 3 SU's.
Chassis number is 1E51095
2014-03-28 15:28:35 | Mark writes:
I have owned a 1970 E-type since 1987. When I search data base it comes up with a 1964 E-type. 880940. The plate in my car looks original. The engine # is the same but I have engine # 7R8266-9 which I can' find anything on. I have a picture of the plate. Any explanation?
2014-03-29 03:43:38 | Jeff Young writes:
Hello All,I am part way thru a S2 69/70 build delivered in Jan 70 RHD to Australia. I have a badly battered id plate and can make out the following:
7R 12475-8...This is the worry the first number(1) is it a 1 or an i?
KE 13827..is this a gearbox number?
The car has an extensive race history, with very little damage ,must have had a very carefull lady race driver!
any info on the strange engine number and verification of the KE number would be appreciated.
2014-03-31 13:47:43 | mark writes:
paul I can't get your email to work
2014-04-22 21:32:53 | R Switzer writes:
I have always thought I had a 1967 S1 1/2 LHD FHC. It has S1 rear lights, uncovered front lights, S2 interior except an S1 dash. I know there have been no modifications since I purchased it from the original owner in 1969 but the numbers don't match the S1 1/2 guide. My builders plate reads: Car No. 1E 34174 Body No.4E 25682
Engine No. 7E 11957-9 and Gear Box EJ 12736. Any idea what I have?
2014-04-24 09:32:46 | Clive writes:
To R Switzer. That's interesting. Your Car Number is well outside the commonly accepted number range for Series 1.5. Is it possible that your Series 1 car was in an accident before you purchased it and had a Series 1.5 bonnet fitted at that time? (There are some minor errors in the Car Numbers quoted for E-type series on the XKEData website, but they don't have any bearing on your question.)
2014-05-05 13:32:14 | bucky writes:
Hi Need help I am exhaust trying to get data on my e type before i apply for a heritage certificate 62 rhd fhc serial 850625 Frame i think J60625 Cylinder head R 5853-9 Fly wheel P5853 Gearbox EB 5043 JS 0 some how does not look right any help greatly appreciated Thanks
2014-05-20 04:05:48 | John writes:
I'm looking at purchasing what is said to be an original RHD FHC, with the no. 1E21710. Now going by the information here, it would seem to indicate that it would be a Series 1.5. However, it looks like a pure Series 1 (i.e. closed headlights, S1 interior, doors, dash etc..) Anyway I can determine what the story is here or if indeed the car is true and correct?
2014-06-23 20:14:03 | Dreamer writes:
Hi, just spotted a project car with number 1R4242, it is supposed to be a matching numbers 69 FHC but I can't find this four digit number within the S2 FHC's.... See for yourselves www.erclassics.com/upload/photo_54060.jpg or www.erclassics.com/Jaguar-E-Type-classic-car-for-sale-809.php thoughts anyone?
2014-07-24 11:52:17 | colin writes:
I have just purchased a manual S3 v12 soft top but the VIN number ends in BW, does this mean it started life as a auto ?
2014-08-12 23:02:24 | Dan writes:
Does anyone know the effect on value of non-matching numbers? Series II FHC still has a 4.2L Jag motor, but not the original that came from the factory. What is the diminution in value? Thanks!
2014-09-15 21:56:47 | Steve writes:
Hi, I have just spotted my beloved Series 1 2+2 on your register (1E50716). Is there any way I can make contact with the current owner? I would love to see the car again. Sold her 25 years ago!
2014-10-06 10:41:30 | john writes:
Have a e type in workshop series 3 with chassis no 1W70001
It is usa car but no record. also is 6cyl car?
Any help ?
2014-10-13 11:04:06 | pauls writes:
Your car is a 1.5. The rocker switches and otherwise S2 interior is the key. Some S1.5 cars delivered outside of the US had triple SUs but many cars have been retrofitted with the triple SUs. If it was a US delivered car the triple SUs were illegal for the '68 model year.
2014-10-13 14:06:48 | pauls writes:
If you look closely at the VIN tag you'll see a very faint 9 after the 1R4242 so the car is P1R42429. This isn't a factory VIN plate and not the font the factory used for stamping. Some countries put on an additional VIN tag, e.g. France but since it is said the car came from the US the VIN may be correct but the tag is dubious.
2014-11-14 00:11:33 | Kev J writes:
Recently purchased e type but no build plate.
Was told its 1966, its a 2plus 2 with borg warner auto.
Usual S1 features, glass covered lights, toggle switches etc.
The body no is 4E51528
Engine seems to be early XJ6
I would like to know the chassis no to install a new plate and confirmation its a 1966.
Also, its an Australian delivered car, or so I'm told. No rust, RHD, so could well be.
Have applied to JAG Heritage today
Any info greatly appreciated.
2014-12-19 14:06:29 | Weston writes:
I have a 1970's Era Jaguar in my garaged that was left to me by the previous owner. now for the life of me i cannot find any information on it. i found the builders plate.
Car number is - UE2R53597BW
Engine number is 7P146794 / LB
Body Number is - 597489
Gear Box Number is - 29809
If anyone could help me figure out what year this car is and its model that would be greatly appreciated.
ps. also i know its a v12 version with an automatic gearbox.
2014-12-27 01:45:02 | Bud Sisto writes:
I'm adding the vin # of my 1969 2+2 for the record. British racing green. Stamped wheels. IR 41681RW. I've owned it since 1993. I'm in the process of a semi-restoration. I hope to be done by the end of summer 2015. I live in the Essex county area of new jersey.
2014-12-27 15:41:37 | James writes:
Hi, I have picked up on this thread which appears excellent, therefore I am hoping someone may be able to help me solve a mystery. I have recently bought a series 3 1971 2+2, it has had an engine change in its life but the previous history of the car does not give history of the engine other than to say it was bought with the plug threads all apprently purposely damaged. The buyer at that time says he thinks it came from the factory and as such was sold for scrap and may not have been fitted to a car previously. 7S 1031 94 how can I find out more about this engine, it is perfect in every way and runs beautifully. Tks
2015-01-10 04:36:41 | davey writes:
i have a 3.4 ltr DOHC engine that reads 8A14116-H & R317 and the casting number P41300E. anyone know what this might have originated from? it was brought in the uk if that helps
2015-01-17 23:27:03 | Pete writes:
I have a S1 OTS that I have owned since 1974. Car #8-78515,Engine # R8609-9, Gear Box # eb7779js, Body # r5151. It has J64 stamped on a screwed on plate next to the data plate. My question is, its titled as a 1964. Is that correct?
2015-01-24 16:14:56 | mark york writes:
I have a 1969 XKE coupe I'm thinking of selling and am trying to locate the transmission serial number to check it against the build plate. Does someone know where to look? Also, what is the easiest way to verify the transmission number on an assembled car?
2015-02-08 05:49:05 | phillip writes:
Hi guys, I am looking at a series 3 roadster with numbers 1S70793. Can this be right? Phil
2015-02-10 17:51:02 | santiago writes:
Is the Chassis Number located in more than one place? I have a OTS 1967. It´s on the right hand side above the shock and where else?
2015-02-12 14:54:40 | Rob writes:
I am looking at restoring an interesting pile of parts which should make up an early 3.8 E Type FHC (possibly 1962). I have no body number but the following detail only:
Engine Block: C20012FF
Gearbox: EB 14974 JS / D1559D
Can anyone tell me what it is exactly as I am struggling to trace the history!? I have contacted Jaguar Heritage but await a response.
2015-02-13 10:57:15 | Serge writes:
I am the owner of 889725, a 3.8 FHC that was firstly registered on 30 September 1964. It is a US origin car, history unknown earlier than 1987.
The car has chassis, body, top engine and gearbox matching numbers. I was told however that the 3.8 block may have been replaced and come from a Mk X.
The engine head has a stamped RA 4774-9 matching number. I recently looked for the block number. On the right side of the block, under the head gasket, its cast number can read C 22250 FF (with TL cast letters also appearing below this number) and on the left side, above the sump, its cast fabrication date reads 17-8-64 (with also a big Z cast letter before the date and apparently a D letter with the size of the date numbers cast in recess at the end of the date). But I could not identify a stamped engine number on the right side above the oil filter housing.
I am wondering why there is no stamped number on the block and whether a 3.8 block intended for installation in a Mk X in late 1964 or 1965 (when E-Types were then equipped with the 4.2 block) may have been installed in my car as a factory replacement under warranty.
I intend to ask a Jaguar Daimler Heritage certificate but I am not sure to obtain a clarification and I would appreciate any useful information to get a possible factory record or history of this engine.
2015-02-14 14:55:20 | Anonymous writes:
I've just inherited 1E17960 from my family. Dad has had it since 1989 and from reading the thread here, it should be a series 1.5.
However, it has the covered headlights ad a '67, but the title shows 1968.
Has the bonnet been changed or is it possible to have a 1.5 with covered headlights?
2015-02-15 13:00:13 | Anonymous writes:
Bob, The first Series 1.5 OTS is 1E15980 so your car is well into Series 1.5 production and could not have left the factory with covered headlights. Unlikely someone would have modified the bonnet to accept the headlight covers prior to 1989 so probably a bonnet change due to accident damage. The library section at the JCNA web site has a copy the Series 1.5 judging guide that provides a wealth of information as to how the cars originally left the factory.
Congratulations on your new E-Type.
2015-02-18 10:29:17 | Serge writes:
By chance, I noticed today that the number RA 4774-9 of the original engine is also stamped on the flywheel...
So, on the head, on the flywheel, but not on the block?
Any thoughts are welcome.
2015-02-20 07:26:53 | Anonymous writes:
Thanks for the answer and help on ID'ing the Series 1 or 1.5 OTS.
I had my suspicions and thanks for confirming.
Now, I'll need to dig further on the motor and other details too.
All the best!
2015-03-06 15:27:51 | Mark writes:
We are looking at purchasing a 1970 Series 2 4.2 Is there anthere can give us a history on the car. It came from Henleys of Ashford Kent. It was brought to Ontario Canada. Looking for any kind of history on this car.
Its number is P1R35838
2015-03-17 12:14:00 | donovan writes:
Vin 876383.. I've owned this xke for many years believing its a 1962 because its titled that way.. is it truly a 61?
2015-04-17 13:36:50 | Marc writes:
Hi, Can somebody tell me where I can find the body number (other than the vin plate ... which I miss). Is it hided somewhere in the trunk stamped somewhere? Thanks, Marc
2015-04-22 11:02:05 | ashley writes:
Hi, I have a customer who has a 1967 4.2L E Type VIN# 1E015557 and he wants me to get the "history" of this vehicle. I'm having a hard time doing that (I've never done this before, so please excuse my ignorance). Anybody have any suggestions for me? Websites? Thanks in advance!
2015-05-04 12:30:58 | Anonymous writes:
Hi, Can anyone help me check if my car has matching numbers for engine / chassis
2015-05-06 09:55:43 | Jack writes:
I own an early S1 4.2 E-type roadster, with full syncromesh trans, left hand drive. I've been working on it since 1974. (That's right over 30 years). Anyway, early on I did have questions about the id plates on my car. And I thought I'd share what I found. First there are TWO id plates, one on top of the other with the gearbox lubricant line sheared out of the top plate to reveal the lube line of the lower plate. Second there is no 1E in front of the car id number.
I did send a letter to Jaguar quite a few years ago (circa 1976) and did receive a response from them. After verifying I had a matching numbers car, here is what they had to say:
1. The two plates are correct. Some of the very first 4.2 cars were still fitted with the old transmissions. When the full syncro transmissions were first installed Jaguar did not have correct plates made yet for the proper lubricant required, so the "made due" with the plates they had.
2. There is no "1E" prefix on the car number for the first 420 cars, because the serial number would have conflicted with a previous Marque.
I have run across 1 other owner at a national meet in NJ, with a car 6 serial numbers newer than my car and the owner told me he found the same dual plates and no 1E prefix.
Hope this helps those interested.
2015-06-05 17:07:22 | Adrian writes:
Which nos are the flat floor cars please, I have never understood when they changed. Thank you
2015-06-23 23:32:29 | vince writes:
can anyone tell me any info about this? i just got it any info would be great.
car no P223662bw
body no s (Q or O) 26890
2015-07-11 06:00:09 | Martin writes:
Peter , from memory I think the last LHD OTS FF was 876581 ..... so 1581 were produced .
Happy hunting if your buying, I may have some interest if your selling ( im looking myself ) .
2015-07-14 13:38:18 | Peter writes:
Sorry Martin, I bought a FF last year and the FF is under bolts and nuts restoration.
Do you have more information about the FF numbers e.g. articles or proves?
Good luck on searching
2015-07-15 06:32:15 | Martin writes:
Hi Peter , im sure the info you want is somewhere in Philip Porters book . Jaguar E-Type the definitive history .
Floors were susceptible to rust and im sure some FF cars had replacement 'wells' fitted at a later stage once the originals rotted out .
Good luck with the Resto .
If you hear of a very early unrestored car for sale let me know . Martin
2015-08-04 10:53:22 | yann writes:
Do you know the flat floor E type OTS range of serials numbers?
Thank you for your help.
2015-08-31 19:38:03 | Lincoln writes:
Hello, I own VIN UC1S73626BW which is titled in Utah as a 1972 Jaguar XKE Convertible. Did it begin life as a 2+2? Thanks, Lincoln.
2015-10-27 02:33:46 | pauls writes:
Regarding flat floors, JCNA judging guide (based on factory documentation) states they were elminiated (foot wells added) at the following VINs LHD OTS 876382, RHD OTS 850358, LHD FHC 885504, RHD FHC 860176, previous cars should be flat floor.
2015-10-31 07:14:30 | Martin writes:
I think the first non Flat floor LHD OTS was chassis 875582 .....not 875382 , otherwise many cars listed on this database are incorrectly stating they are 'flat floor ' ( or they all have had the footwells removed and flat floors fitted !!... I think not ) .
I agree on the other Chassis numbers quoted.
2015-10-31 07:20:58 | Martin writes:
Ooops ...typo in prior message should have said 876582 as the first non LHD OTS Flat Floor .
2015-10-31 15:53:41 | rolando38 writes:
I'm the owner of a series 2 2+2 P1R44123
I've been searching for a long time the engine number on the left hand side where it finally happened to be on the right side, just below the JAGUAR cast logo
to my surprise, the engine number is 7E167xx where it should have been 7R40104 , so it corresponds to a series 1 1/2
BUT it has the late black cross-over pipe and last version of the inlet manifold
could it be a mistake at Jaguar factory ?? I doubt it also because the number plate states 7R40104; or more probably a change of the lower engine while keeping the upper part ?
any info on previous owners of this car previously owned in California (bought at Brentwood Motors in Santa Monica, lived in Los Angeles then Lakewood) ; primrose yellow then silver ; with 047CAA plate number , would be highly appreciated
2015-11-09 18:36:37 | Bob writes:
I have an XKE series 3 with a body No of IS50420 and eng No. of 7s4062SA.
How can I find out if these and other numbers are all matching?
2015-11-13 10:22:52 | Pekka T. writes:
Hi, your chassis number is 1S50420, the body number will be something else. Your car should have a maker's plate in the engine bay stating all the numbers (chassis, body, engine and gearbox) as it left the factory. If you give those numbers (and possible also digital photos of the numbers as found stamped on the body, the engine and the gearbox) and some $50 to the Jaguar Heritage Trust, they will send you a nice certificate. Cheers!
2015-12-21 12:18:29 | dale writes:
I have a 1970 series 2 XKE roadster that I was told came from a Japanese museum. It has fender mounted rear view mirrors 3 feet forward on the
hood/fenders and 3 carburetors instead of 2. Is it possible it was imported into Japan that way or someones modifications.
Body number is 4R7277
2015-12-25 06:08:05 | John S writes:
Dale, anything is possible. The twin carbs were for the North American market. Do you have a heritage Certificate? Most twin carb cars from that era that have triples on them were a owner change.
The mirrors likely came on the doors and the first or next owner removed them and placed them on the fenders.
2016-03-04 17:17:10 | CT writes:
My chassis number is 1RS/1549 registered in January 1971
Is this correct?
2016-03-07 19:09:55 | jeffery writes:
can someone kindly solve my problem.
I have a jaguar etype rhd series 2 having chassis number 1RS1549
I have checked many places but cannot find any etype chassis number with the letters .RS.... any one know something please
thanks in advance
2016-03-10 00:04:06 | Gordon writes:
Where can I find production dates by chassis number? Trying to resolve an error on a title. Thanks.
2016-03-27 00:36:52 | Kirk writes:
I am trying to get all my information together for Jaguar Heritage and I need conformation on my gearbox number. I found numbers on the passenger side of the case. They are da20594 and c22219 are these correct for my "69 xke coupe, if not where are the correct numbers located. Thanks for any help. Kirk
2016-03-27 10:57:11 | Sam writes:
Kirk, top of the gearbox on a flat aluminium area. However later models appear to have no stamping.
C22219 is a part number of the housing.
2016-03-27 12:08:57 | kirk writes:
Sam,thanks for the response. I will look again at the top of the case,I thought that was where it should be but I didn't see it. This is my first Jaguar experience I'm very excited about the project. I also am curious about converting it to closed headlights. Will this negatively effect the value of the car or should I put it back all stock. Thanks again for the help. Have a great day to all. Kirk
2016-03-27 20:32:31 | Martyn writes:
I have a jaguar heritage cert that matches my e type showing chassis no. 1E 2183. The jaguar heritage trust also show this number to be the last series 1 OTS UK car. Your register shows the last no. As 1E 2184? Does any one know the last no. In this series.
2016-03-29 03:59:28 | Darrel writes:
I have a 1974 XKE series 3. VIN at window is 1S23999. The numbers stamped in motor area ES3V12 and UE 1S23999. Motor number AD450?? Does this make sense? No builder Plate. Thanks
2016-03-31 04:26:52 | pauls writes:
We have your car 1E 2183 as the last one made. Other figures are obtained from factory records and publications, they may not be accurate or possibly corrected since publication.
2016-04-21 18:57:56 | paul singleton writes:
im looking at a series 2 dropheasd chaiss on j691r9059 4.2 and just thinking is that right for this car when it lift factory or has it been chopped thanks paul
2016-04-30 20:00:33 | Doug Kinney writes:
Just bought 1967 jag e type 1E13884
Looking for any historical information
2016-05-08 16:11:35 | Bob Yannacci writes:
I am assisting a older couple research their1971 Jaguar V12 Coupe 1 owner car prior to sale here in the Mooresville, NC region. I was wondering if you could point me towards a website where I can confirm that this is an original car and motor. The Chassis ID number is IS71980 which I can confirm as a 71 vehicle. The engine number however is 7S3628SA which I thought would be the same as the door and chassis number. The owner states that the engine was rebuilt but it is the original engine. I am not so sure. All other paperwork seems to be in order including import papers and extensive communication between the owner and British Leyland. It is supposed to be one of the first V12's imported into the US.
Are the engine and chassis number supposed to agree or is there a cross check list of chassis to engine numbers?
Any assistance of guidance would be appreciated.
2016-05-13 13:15:23 | Sam writes:
The Engine Numbers and Chassis Numbers vary from each other. Body Numbers are related to the Delivery for Left Hand Drive and Right Hand Drive all basically in sequence. The Engine numbers are in manufactured series for all Body Types. Often Engines came out of sequence as it was a bach process and there were likely batches of different Carbie set ups as well as Compressions for various countries. Many US cars have low compression ratios of 8 to 1 than Australian and British Cars which are 9 to 1. Send in to jaguar for a Heritage Certificate is the best way to find if the components are correct. This site gives some clues also.
2016-05-16 11:44:18 | Peter writes:
Do anyone has information's about # 875994?
I try to get the complete history of this car.
2016-07-07 20:08:42 | John writes:
I have owned a 1967 E-type 4.2 coupe for 2 years and have always thought it to be a Series 1 because it has closed headlights and a standard interior. However, the car number is 1E 21596 which according to the data shown on this site identifies it as a Series 1.5. Can anyone please explain what other identifying features could prove the correct Series one way or the other?
2016-07-30 04:55:36 | jude writes:
I'm researching a Chassis 850623 engine R83299...is engine number correct?
2016-07-30 20:10:41 | John S writes:
Jude, that engine number is in or near the correct range for the chassis number. A heritage Certificate will confirm if your numbers are factory.
2016-08-10 21:28:34 | Robert writes:
I have noted some confusion regarding when covered headlights ended. I have owned my OTS, 1E15221, since 1976 and do not believe the bonnet was replaced before I bought it. This car has covered headlights!! By JCNA judging standards it should not have covered headlights. Their opinion (E-Type Judging Guide 7th revision June, 2013) is that glass covers for OTS were deleted at car number 1E14535. However, the XKEData Car Numbers Guide indicates covers were deleted as of car number 1E15888. This is consistent with my car and several other cars noted on this site. I believe JCNA is incorrect.
2016-08-19 21:03:51 | Alan Ward writes:
Hello, I had a 1969 XKE convertible, 4.2 litre. I replaced the body on it. sold it in 1977 and it and it was finished by a friend and then sold. It was light green and black interior. It was sold from Poland, Ohio around 78' or 79'... Serial Number on my old registration was #1R8517... Just looking for the car to see if it is still out there somewhere. I ran that number and it tells me that it is not a valid number? so, I don;t know...
Just looking to see any info on this Jaguar... Alan
2016-09-25 05:56:34 | Anonymous writes:
Hi there I own a xk120 chassis number 660969, does anyone know any history on this jag please.
2016-09-26 20:56:35 | Ed M writes:
I have a 1973 E-Type and I am trying to determine the gear box number.
I can see a series of numbers on one side of the gear box although not very clearly.
The numbers are as follows:
P33202A This one was the easiest to read although still a bit of a guess.
Do any of these numbers look like a Series 111 gear box number?
Any help gratefully appreciated.
2017-02-02 18:55:51 | Tim writes:
I have S3 2+2 1S50088
I assume this is the 88th s3 2+2 in RHD?
Can anyone tell me how early this would have been in the entire S3 production?
2017-02-07 19:09:46 | Bob writes:
I am trying to complete the form for the Heritage Certification Application...I have my #s for my '73 XKE 2+2; however, I do not have
the "Registration mark......" Nor do I have
the "Date first registered........"
Am I required /supposed to have this "mark " and the "date" ? ...or, will they supply this? If I am required to provide the "mark" and "date"...where would I find/obtain them? Thank you for this great website...!
2017-02-09 23:33:02 | John S writes:
Fill in your numbers from the car only. They will provide the rest from their records
2017-02-09 23:52:29 | John S writes:
Jim if you are the 88th car it was likely made in the first two weeks of aug 1970.A heritage certificate would tell you a build date.
2017-02-22 15:52:32 | Anders writes:
I´m an owner of a E-type OTS 3.8 l
Car no 878646, Engine no R8930-9, Body no R5288, Gear box no EB7988JS. I Think it´s matching numbers?
Currently I´m restoring the car and I have a problem to determine if the car should have Square bottled fluid reservoires or round bottled?
2017-02-24 10:17:04 | Sam writes:
Car no 878646, Square or Round. Look at photos in car No 878640, which has square as do the preceding cars.
2017-02-25 07:26:58 | martin writes:
According to Clausager the changes to SQ bottles occurred at Chassis numbers
RHD OTS 850556 FHC 860678
LHD OTS 877557 FHC 886283.
2017-03-12 10:12:43 | man writes:
how do I find the original engine number fitted in a certain 4.2 body?
2017-03-16 09:26:49 | Andy Hewitt writes:
Hi..Please advise.I have a fellow trying to sell me a V12 Engine..The engine #s is 7p2356LA..He states its out of a XKE..?? Can you confirm thats a XKE Engine #....
2017-03-16 20:46:35 | pauls writes:
The only method of finding the original engine number (without the data plate) is via Jaguar factory records. If you don't know the number they may not supply it but you can try, google Jaguar Heritage Trust, then follow the instructions for Heritage Certificates.
The motor is for an XJ12, E-type motors have a prefix of 7S not 7P.
2017-04-29 08:44:58 | Adam Cecchini writes:
Found the body number on my S2 recently. It's behind the stainless steel plate behind the rear license plate, near the right reverse light. About a 2" tag riveted to the vertical bulkhead. Cheers, Adam
2017-05-11 20:33:17 | Rik writes:
On my 1973 e Type the chassis number and engine number are different, does this mean I have a non matching numbers car or do I have to look somewhere else to see if the 2 numbers match up? Thanks