Jaguar Commemorates the E-Type’s 60th Anniversary

As an iconic British sports car turns 60, its automaker launches a trio of commemorative vehicles. Despite their exclusivity, those celebratory rides aren’t the only way to drive a piece of history.

At the Geneva International Motor Show 60 years ago, Jaguar famously unveiled its now heralded E-Type, a sports car offered in roadster and coupe form that directly descended from the British automaker’s race-car pursuits. That lineage is significant, as the sporty E-Type—with its 150 mph top speed—could outperform Ferraris and Aston Martins, yet only cost half as much.“The E-Type was groundbreaking in its conceptual design,” says Stewart Reed, ArtCenter’s department chair for transportation design. “It survives so astonishingly well because it descended from race-car practice, so there is an element of authenticity to it. Even after all these years, it’s a delightful sports car.”

To commemorate the E-Type’s 60th anniversary, Jaguar recently announced that it is creating six, limited-edition, matched pairs of reborn 3.8-liter E-Types—a fixed-head coupe inspired by the original demonstration car at the Geneva International Motor Show, and a roadster painted in striking green (with suede green-leather interior) that takes inspiration from the second show car, which had to be driven to the show overnight from Jaguar’s headquarters in Coventry, England, since demand to see and drive the revolutionary car during the show exceeded even Jaguar’s founder’s expectations.

Jaguar Classic is tight-lipped on the price of these six matching pairs, but given that standard, 3.8-liter, restored E-Types built by Jaguar’s preservation and restoration department start at about $433,000, it’s safe to assume that each duo will likely surpass $1 million.

On a slightly more affordable scale, Jaguar has announced production of 60, hand-finished F-Type Heritage 60 Editions. Built by Jaguar’s Special Vehicle (SV) Bespoke team, these exclusive F-Types are painted Sherwood Green—a paint scheme last offered on E-Types during the 1960s—and feature additional curated materials and accents, including duo-tone Caraway and Ebony Windsor leather, E-Type-inspired aluminum console finishes, and commemorative “E-Type 60” badging. Using the 575 hp F-Type R as its base, this celebratory Heritage 60 Edition carries a $135,500 price tag in coupe form and costs $138,200 as a convertible.

“The F-Type Heritage 60 Edition is a fantastic example of what the SV Bespoke team is capable of,” says Clare Hansen, director of vehicle personalization at Jaguar SV Operations. “We’ve created a distinctive and highly collectible interpretation of the definitive Jaguar sports car.”

Of course, purists who are looking for an E-Type with some history of its own should keep tabs on Gooding & Company’s Geared Online auction in May, which includes a 1967 Series I E-Type fixed-head coupe. Offered in well-preserved original condition (with its matching-numbers engine), the 4.2 liter E-Type is projected to sell for as much as $180,000. Some would argue that’s as much of a bargain as the original E-Type was in 1961, given that this particular car has been driven fewer than 30,000 miles over five decades.;

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