Breaking News | 2021 Anniversary tribute editions to celebrate 60 years of Jaguar classic E-Type

2021 Anniversary tribute editions to celebrate 60 years of Jaguar classic E-Type

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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 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.