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JAGUAR E-TYPE (1961-1975) CAR HISTORY

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The Jaguar E-Type was an instant classic, an exercise in cool aerodynamic theory and unashamed showmanship producing probably the most beautiful sports car of the 60s. It had the ability to live up to the looks, too. The 150 mph (241 kph) that Jaguar claimed for the E-Type was devastatingly quick in 1961 (in reality only the tweaked-up press cars could achieve it, and 140 [225] was nearer the truth), making the new Jaguar Britain's fastest production car. Better still, it was probably Britain's greatest bargain price wise, undercutting its nearest rival, the Aston Martin DB4, by a third.


That curvy shell, inspired by the Le Mans-winning D-Type racer, was immensely stiff - the entire better to take advantage of its new wishbone and coil-spring independent rear suspension. Combining near-limousine ride comfort with vice-like grip, even on the slender cross-ply tires that looked like something off a bike to modern eyes, the new Jaguar handled superbly. Providing the power was the 3.8-litre XK engine, already 13 years old but still well worthy of the new chassis. The same couldn't be said of the elderly, slow-shifting Moss gearbox, a feature of all Jaguars since the 1930s or the disc brakes that were spoilt by an uncertain-feeling pedal.
Pop stars, racing drivers and royalty jostled for position in an ever-lengthening waiting list for the car. Lew Grade wanted to borrow one for his new British TV series. The Saint, but Jaguar turned him down — they could sell every car they could make.
Despite the demand, development continued. The bigger 4.2 engine from 1964 was torquier and came with a much better gearbox and brakes. Seats and trim improved, as did the electrics, making the 4.2 Series lEs the best of the bunch. Appeals for a roomier car were answered by a two-plus-two version in 1966 and there was even an automatic as Jaguar tried to reconcile the E's performance image with a need to increase sales in America.


The rot was beginning to set in, however, and from the launch of Series 2 in 1968, middle age seemed to creep up on the E unawares. North American safety demands tarnished the purity of its styling with fussy open lights and strangled its power with emission controls, so that by the turn of the decade the car was a shadow of its youthfully vigorous former self. The final V-twelve Series 3 cars completed the sanitation process. Smooth and fast but somehow less soulful, the sylphlike shape was ruined on the longer, fatter V-twelve by fashionable fat arches and a cheap chrome grille. The once legendary sex symbol was a flabby spent force, living on old glories, not to mention borrowed time. It is amazing to think that Jaguar, gearing up for the E's successor, the XJS, had trouble getting rid of the last few in 1975.


The E-type's design found a place in the Museum of Modern Art and is sensual rather than sexy, for the car was designed from the heart and the world has been in love with it from the start.

JAGUAR E-TYPE

 

SPECIFICATIONS

 

ENGINE TYPE

Straight six/ V-twelve

CAPACITY

3781/ 4235/ 5343 cc

POWER

265 bhp

TRANSMISSION

4-speed manual

3-speed auto

TOP SPEED

Up to 150 mph (241 km/h)

NUMBER BUILT

All model:72,507

 

 

 

 

 

 
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