Despite its success in the marketplace Jaguar was never content with the status quo and made continual improvements to the XKE. Some were big, like the footwells that made it drivable by people with normal size feet, 4.2 liter engine and fully synchronized gearbox, others were small. All contributed to the enjoyment and reliability of the E-type. These culminated in the January 1968 introduction of what has become known in retrospect as the Series 1 1/2, not quite a Series I, but not yet a full Series II.
Most notably the Series 1 1/2 migrated to open headlights to meet new US regulations while retaining the Series I marker and taillights. US cars reverted to two Stromberg side draft carburetors with ‘hot-spot’ intake manifolding to meet low speed emission requirements. Rocker switches on the dashboard replaced the earlier toggle switches, satin finishes replaced chrome to knock down reflections, door latches added an anti-burst feature, interior door handles were recessed into the door cavities, energy absorbing sleeves were added to the steering column and pedestrians were saved from being snagged or slashed when the centerlock wheel nuts lost their ears and became hex nuts. No d
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