The Jaguar E-Type - released in a trilogy and often nicknamed in the US as ‘Jaguar XK-E’ - left every petrol head baffled from its initial release in 1961 until the end of production in 1974. The sleek and aerodynamic design has stark resemblances to the design of jet planes. Underneath the hood there’s a performant engine which emphasizes those resemblances. These two aspects have become Jaguar’s trademark which makes their cars coveted with classic car enthusiasts.
Malcolm Sayer was the aeronautic engineer who designed the E-Type, his inspiration came from the design of jet planes. Inspiration which he very successfully converted to making an icon in the automobile sector. The distinguished result was: a long prow, a short rear and a long and wide body made of monocoque steel which visually emits prestige and power. Enzo Ferrari once pronounced the XK-E to be the most beautiful car ever made.
Beside the E-Type’s aesthetic perfection there’s obviously also the performance. Initially, this British flagship came flat floor and equipped with a 3.8L in-line-six engine. Co-operating with three SU carburettors, the engine produces not less than 265 hp. In 1964 de Series 1 was upgraded enginewise: the engine capacity rose to 4.2L. In 1971, the Series 3 was released, the new engine - 5.3L V12 - jeopardized its competitors even more. That Series 3 reached speeds up to 241 km/h, which made it one of the fastest cars on the road.
Groundbreaking technology also wasn’t something Jaguar missed out on, they engineered four-wheel disc brakes and the four-speed manual gear box made this coupé even safer and easier to handle. The classy mahogany gear stick and steering wheel strengthen a certain feeling of safety and moveability.
During the past decades, and still, the E-Type has remained a prestige-emitting car. Obviously, this car has won several awards and they seem not to lose their value soon. Car enthusiast from all over the globe have been coveting this car.
The E-Type Series 2 was only manufactured during two years, from 1969 until 1971. US car safety laws were becoming more strict which forced Jaguar to re-engineer the car in 1970. The Series 2 was made as a two-seat coupé, a two-seat convertible and a 2+2 coupé. This second series of the E-Type was also provided with the well-known 4.2L in-line-six engine. The Series 2 brought new car gadgets: new indicator levers, comfy seats, AC and powered steering. The glass cover was removed from the headlights, because some Series 1 owners had some moisture in the headlights.