The E-type is 60 years old next year and Jaguar Classic is creating six matched pairs of the car that Enzo Ferrari called “the most beautiful car ever made”.
Celebrating the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021, the E-type 60 Collection will pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’. Both of which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.
Jaguar E-type – 9600 HP
An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered as ‘9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with minutes to spare for demonstration drives.
The rapturous welcome the E-type received meant an overwhelming demand led to legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis being told to ‘drop everything’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ‘77 RW’ overnight from Coventry to Geneva.
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Both vehicles were also used for media road tests, which proved the car’s sensational performance – including its 150mph top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.
Existing E-type Fully Restored
Every E-type 60 Edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th-anniversary tribute specification.
Each E-type 60 Collection pair will include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars. The cars will also feature a number of commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.
Synonymous with the revolutionary zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties, E-types were owned by celebrities including Steve McQueen, Tony Curtis, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison and Britt Ekland.
Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said:
“The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on.
“The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”