The Jaguar E-type is a classic sports car that has seen a lot of action over its lifetime. The car’s iconic inline-six engine barks to life when you pull the choke and push the starter button, and it is quick by modern standards – the F-Type can hit 100 mph in just 3.5 seconds. Learn more
It’s not the most aerodynamic of cars, but it is still a great drive. The E-type is light and direct, yet retains excellent feel when it comes to steering. The small-diameter, spring-spoked, wood-rimmed steering wheel works through rack and pinion steering to provide excellent directional stability and it can be driven at very low speeds with ease.
How the Jaguar E-Type Revolutionized Sports Cars
Independent Rear Suspension (IRS): In 1961, the E-type became the first production car to use Independent Rear Suspension, a system that remains used on many of today’s cars. This helps ensure that the car is not too heavy and can be driven over rough terrain without compromising on the ride quality.
Racing: In 1963, the E-type was converted to compete in race competitions. An initial 12 cars were built, each weighing less than 1,000kg. These cars were then refined with a focus on handling.
The Lightweight Jaguar E-type was the pinnacle of British sports cars during the 1960s. It was a sensational car that was quickly adopted by young movers and shakers of the time, with its youth-friendly image. It was also a car that could be enjoyed by all, whether you were an amateur or a serious racer.