The Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was known in North America, is one of the most iconic sports cars in automotive history. Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the E-Type immediately caught the world's attention with its breathtaking design and high performance. In its 14-year production run, the E-Type evolved through three series, each with its own unique characteristics and improvements.
The E-Type Series I, produced from 1961 to 1968, initially came with a 3.8-liter straight-six engine producing around 265 horsepower. In 1964, Jaguar increased the engine displacement to 4.2 liters, maintaining the same power output but improving torque for better drivability. The Series I models were capable of reaching 60 mph from a standstill in under 7 seconds and had a top speed of approximately 150 mph.
The Series II, produced from 1968 to 1971, continued with the 4.2-liter engine but saw modifications to the carburetors, cooling, and exhaust system to meet tightening emission standards in the U.S.
The Series III, produced from 1971 to 1975, marked a significant change in the E-Type's powertrain. It featured a new 5. Read more
The E-Type's design was a significant part of its appeal. Its long, flowing bonnet, curvaceous body, and minimalist interior encapsulated 1960s optimism and style. The car was available as a two-seat coupe, a two-seat convertible (Roadster), and from Series II onwards, a 2+2 coupe with a longer wheelbase.
The E-Type was also technologically advanced for its time. It featured fully independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and disc brakes on all four wheels - features that contributed to its exceptional handling and ride comfort.
In total, around 70,000 E-Types were built between 1961 and 1975, making it one of Jaguar's best-selling models. Despite being designed and manufactured in the UK, the majority of E-Types were exported, particularly to the U.S., which was a significant market for Jaguar during this period.