The Jaguar E-Type was born in 1961, with production then running until 1975 for this very popular British sports car. It has become an icon in the motoring world, known as the Jaguar XK-E in the North American market, with its popularity a combination of its sheer beauty, performance, and very competitive pricing.
Back in 1961, an original Series 1 model was priced at around £2,000 (over £45,000 in today's market) but this sum would just about get you an old shell of an E-type today, with prices in the £100,000 and even into the £200,000 + range very common now.
First unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, the E-Type had a claimed top speed of 150 mph, making it the fastest production car at the time, and was capable of 0-60 mph in under 7 seconds. The design was based on Jaguar's successful Le Mans-winning D-Type from the mid-fifties and over the years has won numerous awards, and featured in movies and TV series.
Series 1 production ran until 1968, then followed the Series 2 and finally the series 3 from 1971-74. There have been numerous limited editions and concept versions over the years, with the Jaguar E-Type also very active, and successful, in Production sports car racing.
The first E-Types produced were rear-wheel-drive two-seater coupes and two-seater convertibles, with a four-seater version of the coupe released in 1966. Initially, the engines had a 3.8-litre capacity, this increasing to 4.2 litres for models produced between 1965 and 1967. These early E-Types have come to be known as the "Series 1" and, usually, still sell for the highest value of all E-Types when they come up for sale.
Enzo Ferrari apparently described the E-Type as the "most beautiful car ever made" and to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2021, Jaguar introduced its "E-Type Reborn Programme", whereby Series 1 E-Types were restored to their original specification for future buyers to purchase directly from the manufacturer.
Emerging in the swinging sixties, the E-Type defined that generation and was common with the jet-set, rock stars, movie stars and models. During 14 years of production over 70,000 units were sold, and this iconic beauty with its sculpted nose and centred twin exhaust shows no sign of losing its popularity in today's ever-changing market.
For sheer driving pleasure, there is no denying that the Jaguar E-Type can still compete with the best of them, despite its age, and it will remain a true icon of the classic car industry.
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