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October 25, 2021

The Jaguar E-Type: One of the Most Beautiful Cars of All Time

The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world.

The E-Type’s claimed 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration, unitary construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes.

The E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car, which had won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years beginning in 1955, and employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel racing design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub.

It is rumored that, on its release on 15 March 1961, Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made”, but this statement is not fully confirmed. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. In March 2008, the Jaguar E-Type ranked first in The Daily Telegraph online list of the world’s “100 most beautiful cars” of all time.

Here is a set of beautiful photos of the Jaguar E-Type.





















2 comments:

  1. While quite handsome with the top down, I always thought that with the roof on it looked much like a suppository and not very attractive at all.

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  2. A work colleague bought one in the 1980s, with the intention of restoring it: it came as a heap of bits on a trailer, and many cardboard boxes of smaller bits. He was an experienced restorer of vehicles of that era, but even so it took him the best part of a year simply to finish the bonnet assembly, so complex was it, and needing him to hand-make many parts. (I lost touch, but did hear that he did eventually finish the restoration.)

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