History of E-Type

The iconic Jaguar E-Type has a long history with three series of the car produced over a period of fifteen years. The British Sports Car was reputedly named the “most beautiful car in the world” by none other than Enzo Ferrari and is often considered to be one of, if not the greatest sports car of all time. The car was first displayed to the press on 15 March 1961 to huge excitement and thus the E-Type was born. The car was revolutionary in many ways but it was the stylish and iconic bodywork that set it apart from the rest of the cars currently in production. The car also featured faired-in headlights and a centred twin exhaust, which was different to all other production cars at the time.

But it wasn’t just the looks that impressed many about the Jaguar E-Type and made it one of the most desirable cars in production. The launch price of the car was around £2,250, comparatively valued at £38,000 in today’s money, which made it surprisingly more affordable than many other sports cars. It also featured much more modern specifications such as independent rear suspension and all-round disk brakes that put it ahead of its time.  The 3.8 litre engine gave out 265bhp and could reach a top speed of 150mph, which made it the fastest production car in the world at that time. The Jaguar E-Type came in three series over its period of production.