Jaguar Celebrates 60 Years Of The E-Type With 12 Beautiful Restorations

The 12 restored cars are being sold as six pairs

March 15 marks the 60th anniversary of the debut of the Jaguar E-Type, revealed at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.

To celebrate the birth of a car once described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful in the world, Jaguar has announced plans to build six pairs of restored E-Types. Each pair is inspired by the two E-Types features on Jaguar’s stand at the ‘61 Geneva show, known by their 9600 HP and 77 RW licence plates.

The 12 cars feature Jaguar’s Classic Infotainment System with Bluetooth and navigation

The former, a hard-topped coupe, caused such a stir that Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons sent a message back to Jaguar headquarters in Coventry, England: “Drop everything and bring the open top E-Type over.” That order was picked up by test driver Norman Dewis, who drove through the night to ensure the car was at Geneva the next day.

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The interior features a light beech-rimmed steering wheel with 24-carat gold horn push

Lyons’ message features in a unique artwork in the center console of the 12 newly restored examples. Highlights also include the fitting of Jaguar’s Classic Infotainment System, which brings satellite navigation and Bluetooth via a vintage-style head unit. The light beech-rimmed steering wheel features a 24-carat gold horn push.

Further upgrades over a regular E-Type include a stainless steel exhaust and a specially-developed five-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on all ratios, helical cut gears and a reinforced cast aluminum casing for enhanced reliability. Electronic ignition is also added, along with an upgraded cooling system and alloy radiator. Power comes from a 265bhp, 3.8-liter in-line six-cylinder Jaguar XK engine, as per the original.

The 12 cars feature artwork showing the journey undertaken in 1961 between Coventry and Geneva

The six fixed-head coupes inspired by 9600 HP are finished in a unique color called Flat Out Grey, with a smooth black leather interior. The six roadsters inspired by 77 RW are painted Drop Everything Green and have a suede green leather interior. Bespoke items on both models include commemorative E-Type 60 logos on the hood badge, fuel cap, chassis plate and clock face.

Jaguar Classic is selling the pairs together, and the six buyers of the 12 vehicles will be invited in the summer of 2022 to take part in a drive from Coventry to Geneva, just as the first two E-Types did in 1961. Only instead of racing through the night, buyers will be treated to exclusive hotel stays and fine cuisine throughout.

The hard-top coupe is painted in a unique color called Flat Our Grey

A price has not been made public, but anyone interested in purchasing an E-Type 60 pair should contact Jaguar Classic.

I am an automotive and technology journalist who has written for Wired UK and the BBC, and have a life-long passion for everything on four wheels.

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