Although automotive styling is subjective, the one vehicle that seems to top more opinion polls naming the most beautiful car in the world, the Jaguar E-type. Styled mainly by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer, with significant input by Sir William Lyons, the car caused a sensation when it was unveiled in 1961. For many, it has also gone on to become the one car that consistently challenges the Mini as the decade’s automotive icon.
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The Jaguar E-type redefined people’s expectations of what could be expected from a relatively affordable sports car – race-car handling, and a potential 150mph. It rightly defined a generation, and then went on to become the de facto classic car. Ian Nicholls tells its story. Although automotive styling is subjective, the one vehicle that seems to top […]
Dating from 1974, this archetypal Towns design was essentially a reclothed E-type… Story by Declan Berridge One stormy night in 1972, hill-climb champion Jim Thomson – who was also Managing Director of shot-blasting equipment manufacturer Guyson International – lost control of his Series III E-type Jaguar on a country road near Wetherby in Yorkshire. Most […]
Here’s an interesting way to make the Jaguar E-type even more usable – even if it comes at a hefty price. Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC) is currently restoring a 1968 Series 1 4.2-litre roadster, and is going to stretch it by 4.5in for its owner. The E-type has been named ‘the Kaizen’ […]
Fifty Jaguar E-types greeted Londoners today as a fleet of privately-owned vehicles travelled in convoy through the Capital to the 2011 Motorexpo in Canary Wharf, marking 50 years of the sports car.
JAGUAR In the week ending 14 September 1974, Jaguar produced the last E-type. Due to the large amount of unsold cars in dealers showrooms, the event was not publicised at the time.
On this day: JAGUAR MEMO Jaguar Cars, technical director William Heynes writes a memo to Sir William Lyons titled, “E-type Vehicle Project Plan”. In it Heynes argues the case for introducing a V12 E-type, codenamed XJ25, for launch in January 1970. The XJ21 would then appear in spring 1971. “Engineering is well in hand on […]
GENEVA Thursday Britain’s new E-type Jaguar was hailed by the Swiss press today as the “sensation” of the 31st Geneva International Motor Show. Sir William Lyons, chairman of the Jaguar Company, was standing beside a model of the car which is making its world premiere here when the show opened today. “We have already received […]