The E-type Jaguar quite simply amazed the world when it first appeared at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, never had there been such an affordable supercar with such immense performance. Early pre-production cars could reach a claimed 150mph, although most production cars were capable of not much more than 140mph.
The E-type 3.8 litre Coupe featured the same twin-cam, six cylinder engine and "Moss Box" transmission as the roadster version. The cars bodywork consisted of a skimpy fastback shell coupled with a long, swoopy bonnet. The interior had only two bucket seats but did at least have a practical luggage area behind them, complete with an opening rear hatch / tailgate.
This early E-type was an instant success, the first of many closed E-type variants to arrive. Retrospectively these cars have become known as the Series 1 and are now quite sought after.
Buyers Guide Jaguar E-Type (1961-1974) featured in Practical Classics June 2011 – available from our sister site Bookbase. Click here to view.