The Jaguar E-Type has been in the news a lot recently, not least because it was voted as the ‘greatest car of all time’ by 32% of Brits. As well as this, miraculously, in America, one man has finally been reunited with his E-Type after it was stolen over 46 years ago! With news swirling around the internet about the E-Type for a variety of reasons, we thought that this week was a brilliant time to feature it as our car of the week:
With only one single glance at the E-Type you can see exactly why it is so beloved. Arguably the most beautiful car of all time, the E-Type was once described by Jeremy Clarkson as “arguably the best thing to ever come out of Blighty.”
In fact, even the New York City of Modern Art recognised the significance of the E-Type’s design, adding a blue roadster to its permanent collection. It is one of only six automobiles to receive the distinction.
From almost every single angle the E-Type Jaguar is something really beautiful, and even the late Enzo Ferrari described it as “the most beautiful car ever made”. Praise certainly doesn’t come much higher than that.
The E-Type, however, is about much more than beauty. Manufactured between 1961 and 1975, Jaguar sold more than 70,000 units during the production span. In 2004, the E-Type was voted as the ‘Best Sports Car of the 1960s’ by Sports Car International.
Initially, it was designed as a rear wheel drive grand tourer in two-seater coupe form and as a two-seater convertible. The lightweight E-Type was intended to be a follow up to the Jaguar D-Type, but only a dozen were ever built.
This specific model, a Series 2 (affectionately known by some collectors as a Series 1.5), is one of the very best available. The Series 2 cars are identifiable because they have open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper a better cooling system and updated brakes. Only 18,809 were ever made, so this represents a real slice of motoring history.
As well as this, the engine is also distinguishable from the series 1 model, with ribbed cam covers differing from the smooth polished cams on the Series 1. In addition, the dashboard was also redesigned, with a steering lock and ignition key mounted on the steering column. Finally, new seats were added. Some purists claim that these lack the style of the original, but they are certainly far comfier than the seats of the Series 1.
This particular model, available in Signal Red with black leather upholstery is one of the finest examples available today. The car itself is world travelled, having spent time in California, France and the UK. Recently updated- including a new exhaust system- it is a stunning example of Jaguar’s motoring pedigree. If you’re interested in the E-Type, take a look at the full listing today.