It is 60 years since the world first saw the Jaguar E-Type.
In that time they have become a car everyone wants to own. But it is important to go into any classic car purchase with your eyes wide open and in ultra logical Star Trek Mr Spock mode. The reality is that any old car can go up or down in value and the rare ‘flat floor’ Series 1 E-Types are no different. URL ecdautodesign.com
The E-Type had a great start with 72,529 cars sold in 13 years. That prompted Sir William Lyons to think about revising the design with the XK120 replacement. But it became apparent that the cost of completely retooling the factory would be prohibitive. So the Panel makers (Abbey) retooled their lines to meet the demand and the E-Type became a best seller.
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As well as being a very capable and beautiful road car the E-Type was also an outstanding racer. A major contributor to the latter was the superb body work designed by Malcolm Sayer. Heavily influenced by aircraft fuselage design and futuristic American concept cars of the time, he managed to create a shape that was both modern but unquestionably elegant with a unique presence.
To mark the 60th anniversary of the launch of the E-Type Jaguar Classic have built a series of six Lightweight E-Types using up unallocated chassis numbers. This is a very limited run and it is not clear which of the 3.8s they have chosen to build. But if we had to guess it might be one of the six original 77 RW fixed head coupes that made their debut in Geneva in 1961.