The 1962 Jaguar XKE's features included a 3.8-liter, straight-six engine that used a combination of three SU HD8 carburettors and double overhead camshafts to generate up to 265 horsepower at 5,500 rotations per minute. The engine was also capable of generating 260 pounds-per-feet of torque, and was designed to complement a manual gearbox with four independent speeds. The 1962 Jaguar XKE was able to reach speeds up to 150 mph and used a monocoque chassis.
The 1962 Jaguar XKE shared the design of other E-Type Jaguars, which made the car able to minimize wind resistance through its aerodynamic curves. The car's visuals included a long hood, short rear deck and headlights that were covered in glass. The 1962 Jaguar XKE was able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just seven seconds.
The 1962 Jaguar XKE belonged to the E-Type Jaguar Series 1 production period that lasted from 1961 until 1967. The car was available in a variety of body type designs, such as a flat floor convertible, flat floor coupe, roadster and coupe. A submodel of the 1962 Jaguar XKE was produced under the SI Lightweight designation, however, it was only available in a coupe body type design.