Jaguar Classic has confirmed that they will create six matched pairs of E-types editions to celebrate the iconic sports vehicles 60th anniversary in 2021: the E-type 60 Collection. Each pair of E-type 60 Edition vehicles contribute two of the eldest and most infamous Jaguar E-types of all: ’9600 HP’ and ’77 RW’, which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the vehicle at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.
An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered ’9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types uncovered to exclusively-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ’flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the evening before the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with a few minutes to spare for the demonstration drives. With an exceptional reaction to the E-type resulting in immense demand for drives with Berry, legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to ’leave it all’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ’77 RW’ an overnight trip from Coventry to Geneva. Both of the vehicles were also used for media road tests, which showed the car’s sensational performance – including its 241km/h top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.
Every individual 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 élite 60th anniversary tribute specification. And each E-type 60 Collection pair will come with one Flat Out Grey ’9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ’77 RW’ roadster, with an individual and ’one of a kind’ paint formulations kept aside for these vehicles. Each E-type 60 Edition will feature several 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in unification with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.
Identical with the revolutionary zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties, E-types were owned by celebrities of which some were; Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Tony Curtis and Britt Ekland. And, thanks to the aesthetic of its sculptural forms, its capabilities and its impact on designing, an E-type became the third only vehicle to join The Museum of Modern Art’s design collection in 1996.
"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", said Dan Pink the Director of Jaguar Classic. "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."
Jaguar Classic is the world’s pioneering source of genuine parts and owner services for the E-type – from health-checks to restoring expertly selected examples and sympathetic upgrades to ’Reborn’ specification, meticulously returning them to brand-new condition. For more information on the full range of vehicles, services, parts and experiences offered by Jaguar Classic, visit www.jaguar.com/classic. For regular updates from Jaguar Classic, as well as the progress of the E-type 60 Collection, follow the new official @Jaguar.Classic account on Instagram.