The Jaguar E-Type 60 has a great story

Want to know all the hype about the Jaguar E-Type 60 and the E-Type in general? The iconic Series 1 Jaguar E-Type came to life in 1961. But before its impending appearance at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show – and before it captured the hearts and minds of Hollywood actors and celebrities in equal measure – something happened along the way. The story behind this is why Jaguar has revived the original E model for the exclusive 60 Series.

“The Jaguar E-Type is a true icon, as exciting today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961,” said Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic. “It is a testament to the advanced design and engineering of the E-Type that it can still be enjoyed and admired with passion nearly 60 years later.”

But let’s get it right. If you’re interested in owning an original-spec E-Type Jag, know this: The E-Type 60 range consists of two cars – a coupe and a roadster – and the story behind them is fascinating. The night before the Geneva Motor Show, a light gray E-type fixed-head coupe with registration “9600 hp” was flown from Coventry to Switzerland for the motor show.

Led by Bob Perry, Jaguar’s Director of Public Relations, both human and machine arrived safely within minutes of demonstration drive. As expected, the E-type’s exquisite body style has garnered the most praise. With a massive demand for test drive, Jaguar chief Sir William Lyons told development engineer Norman Deweys to “drop everything” and drive the British Racing Green E-Type Roadster (with “77RW” registration) overnight – you guessed it – Coventry to Coventry Geneva.

The 700-mile journey took 11 hours and arrived the next morning. Both towering accomplishments weren’t the only testament to the aerodynamic shape of the Class 1 car (which was good for a top speed of 150 mph), but it speaks volumes for Jaguar’s engineering prowess, too.

“The E-Type 60 range is an enduring tribute to fans of the E-Type, and a tribute to the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom are descendants who work at Jaguar Classic today, restoring, maintaining and proofreading the future with expertise to enjoy for generations to come,” Pink continued.

Each pair includes the E-Type 60 Coupe 9600 HP in Flat Gray and the 77 RW Roadster in Drop Everything Green. Both paint colors are exclusively for the E-Type 60 range, and both are powered by a 3.8-liter in-line-six engine that produces 265 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. 60th Anniversary details created by Jaguar Classic and Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson are also standard.

Jaguar only dedicates six pairs to the E-Type 60, making this a rare and exclusive opportunity to own a pair of 1 Series E-Types. Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, but given that the Eagle E-Type Lightweight GT starts at about $700,000, we think an E-Type 60 kit will cost about the same — a bargain, really, given that you get two cars in returns. .

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