The iconic Jaguar E-type, the dream car of many motoring enthusiasts.
This summer it will be celebrating its 60th birthday at Autoworld in Brussels. Some fifteen models will be on show, and for two months they will be joined by a Jaguar F-TYPE Heritage 60 Edition, of which a limited edition – a mere 60 models – are being produced on the occasion of this diamond anniversary.
The E-type, “the most beautiful car ever designed (*)”
To make its appearance at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the “77RW” prototype, entirely hand-built, was driven to Geneva during a spectacular and predominantly night run lasting 17 hours, by Norman Dewis, Jaguar’s legendary development and test engineer. “77RW” is also the oldest E-type in the world.
Never before, and perhaps never hereafter, has the car brought about so much passion, delight and British pride!
As from the launch of the E-type, Jaguar had a car that was at least as good looking and fast as a Ferrari, but for a third of the price. It is similar to a Porsche 911, a model that every car designer has in his garage … or at least longs to have. Its six-cylinder is a dream, the driving position is fantastic and even Enzo Ferrari stated it to be the most beautiful car ever designed (*). Its historical background cannot be underestimated and above all its record of achievements is impressive.
In many ways the E-type was designed based on the successful D-type racing cars with which Jaguar claimed numerous successes, including three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the period 1955-1957. The E-type was originally conceived as a racing car, but it eventually emerged as a road-going sports car and a pure “Grand Touring” machine. This does not detract from the fact that many E-types were also successful in the racing world. We owe its coachwork style to the aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.
The E-type originally came on to the market either as an open two-seater or a sporty closed “fastback”. Both versions had a similar chassis, a monocoque structure with a frontal support chassis. The power unit was the 3,8-litre engine developing 265bhp, that had proved its reliability in the Jaguar XK. Over a number of years new and more powerful variants came on to the market.
The E-type’s look was sensational and swiftly grew into a symbol of the ‘60s. With its highly favourable price/performance ratio, a top speed in the region of 240 km/h and for not very much more than £2000, the car was an immediate hit, especially on the American market.
From 14th June through to 17th August the F-TYPE Heritage 60 Edition will join its legendary ancestor at Autoworld.
This summer during a period of two months the Jaguar F-TYPE Heritage 60 Edition will be exhibited at Autoworld, surrounded by several of its ancestors, and the legendary E-type.
Jaguar celebrates the 60th anniversary of the E-type with the introduction of a limited series, inspired by the ‘60s, the F-TYPE Heritage 60 Edition with a supercharged V8 engine developing 575 bhp. A mere 60 models of the four-wheel drive car will be offered for sale worldwide. Each car will be hand finished by the craftsmen at SV Bespoke.
All cars of this specially developed commemorative series will be offered in Sherwood Green, the E-type’s original colour, which Jaguar had not offered since the ‘60s. The interior is available in two colours of leather - Caraway and Ebony Windsor – which are not available for the “normal” F-TYPE models.
The F-TYPE Heritage 60 Edition is available both as a Coupé and a Cabriolet, with exclusive 20-inch forged alloy wheels, finished off with Diamond-Turned Gloss Black, with Gloss Black and chrome accents and black brake callipers.Performance is downright breath-taking: with 0 to 100 km/h in a mere 3,7 seconds, and an electronically limited top speed of 299 km/h.
This summer Jaguar will be the talk of the town at Autoworld!
For more detailed info please contact the museum
Parc du Cinquantenaire 11
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