The E-type Jaguar

The E-type Jaguar with its long bonnet and sleek lines is a real classic amongst classics …

The E-type Jaguar was a revolutionary car, ahead of its time. The massive bonnet and cockpit situated just in front of the rear wheels had mass appeal but only the well off could afford it. The rest of us had to be content to just look.

In the 1960s Steve McQueen may have enjoyed riding motorcycles, but his passion for classic Jaguar cars was undeniable. In particular, his love for the E-type Jaguar resulted in an affair with this fine automobile which became and was a part of his collection until his death. Most recently, as many people may know, this very car was offered at the Mecum Auction, and sadly enough the car wasn’t sold because the reserve was not met. One can confidently assume that this car will be purchased at some future date, and it’s owner will cherish this amazing car as much as it’s original owner did.

The E-type Jaguar has been from the moment it was first introduced to the general public an inspiring automobile, and has certainly motivated many an admirer to purchase it the instant they saw this finely crafted car. First presented at the Geneva Auto Show in 1961, it was originally meant to be a replacement for the Coventry, which was England’s D-Type racer car. An irrefutable fact is that from the initial presentation of this fine automobile it immediately became a hit.

For those who are not familiar with the E-Type Jaguar there is further good news, because it comes available in more than one version. They are commonly referred to as “Series 1, “Series 2, and “Series 3″. The collector will most likely be drawn to the “Series 1″ version because of it’s rarity, and if a decision is made to sell the car, it will bring more money at an auction or in a private sale than the other versions. The increase in value relates directly to the fact that a very small number of this particular model of Jaguar was manufactured. This Jaguar sports a 3.8 litre 6 cylinder engine and also features independent coil spring rear suspension.

The “Series 2″ was manufactured from 1969 to 1971 and featured a number of improvements. This version of the E-type Jaguar offered a better cooling system, upgraded brakes, a redesigned interior which included seats that were much more comfortable, and air conditioning and power steering which were available as factory options.

The “Series 3″ which was manufactured from 1971 to 1974 presented future buyers with a larger engine which presented 5.3 liters of unbridled power for the sports car enthusiast. Another significant change included power steering as a standard part of the car. During this period a small number of 4.2 liter “Series 3″ Jaguars were made and it is believed that these are and were the most valuable of this series of Jags.

The E-Type Jaguar has regularly been ranked by designers as one of the most beautiful cars ever manufactured, and The Museum Of Modern Art in New York further endorsed this car by including one of it’s model’s in their designer collection in 1996. Throughout the years the interest in various types of fine automobiles has vacillated, but this has not been the case with the E-type Jaguar. In fact, the beauty and uniqueness of this car was confirmed once again in 2008 by the Daily Telegraph, who place the Jaguar E-Type at the top of their most beautiful cars in the world list.

John Burgess I has been involved in vintage car restoration for over two decades, and enjoys sharing the knowledge he has acquired about this amazing pastime with others. For more information about classic jaguar cars you can visit his newest website at

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