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The History of Jaguar E-Type

The History of the Jaguar E-Type


The Jaguar E-Type is one of the most iconic and loved British sports cars ever produced. Even Enzo Ferrari is reported to have called it "the most beautiful car ever made" (1961).

In March 1961, Jaguar Cars Ltd unveiled the Jaguar E-Type at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, automatically becoming an instant hit with the public and car industry.

Based on the Jaguar's D-Type racing car, the E-Type boasted a top speed of 150 mph top speed and acceleration of 0-60 mph in under 7-seconds. The look, the style and, importantly, the competitive price, made the car unique and sparked industry-wide changes in the automotive world.

Between 1961 and 1975, 72,515 Jaguar E-Types were produced in 3 different series.

  • Series 1: 1961-1968 (38,419)

  • Series 2: 1968-1971 (18,809)

  • Series 3: 1971-1975 (15,287)

The Jaguar E-Type was an instant success, perfectly reflecting the changes in society as the UK came out of the post-war period. The car was desired by many celebrities of the time including footballer, George Best, actress, Brigitte Bardot, and actors, Tony Curtis and Steve McQueen.

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