1960 jaguar e type
1960 jaguar e type hoped to capture the American market with its new E-Type, which went on to be a successful model that was produced for over four decades. It had a 265-hp 3.8L XK inline-6 engine. Production began in 1961 with two right-hand-drive Open Two Seaters (OTS) and two Fixed Head Coupes (FHC), which were displayed at the 1962 New York Auto Show. The cars were priced at $5,595 and $5,895 respectively.
It was not until 1964 that the Series 3 arrived, which brought a larger 4.2L engine and increased torque for a quicker 0-60 time of 6.4 seconds. It was also the first series of E-Types that offered a power transmission option, which was the more desirable and less expensive choice for most.
The Birth of an Icon: Unraveling the Legacy of the 1960 Jaguar E-Type
The E-Type was a very fast car and it racked up countless awards including one significant accolade from Enzo Ferrari himself. He called Sayer’s design “the most beautiful car in the world”.
There was a factory competition version dubbed the Lightweight E-Type that had 12 made with racing in mind. It was an aluminum chassis with a lightweight body, but it didn’t have the success that a C-Type or a D-Type had on the race circuit and Jaguar decided to focus on producing road-going cars for the future.
Cyril Crouch had to work hard to get the steel production line at Browns Lane up to speed, as many components were delivered by Abbey Panels in sections to be welded together by hand. The early models used steel panels, but later they were replaced with unique aluminum ones and perspex glass to reduce weight.