Jaguar E-type 60th Anniversary Celebration
2021 marks the sixty years of Jaguar E-type edition. To celebrate this iconic sports car, Jaguar Classic will launch six matched pairs of E-types.
Jaguar will celebrate 60 glorious years of its iconic E-type edition in March 2021, with a special anniversary tribute edition.
The E-type edition was introduced to the world by Jaguar company founder Sir Williams Lyons in the Parc des Eaux Vives, Geneva, March 1961. Soon after its first show, Jaguar E-type instantly created motoring history.
To celebrate this iconic sports car, Jaguar Classic will create six limited-edition matched pairs of restored 3.8-l E-types known as ‘E-Type 60 Collection’. Each pair of E-Type 60 Collection cars will pay homage to the famous ‘9600 HP’ and ’77 RW’ models that made a debut in Geneva.
E-Type 60 Collection
Jaguar Classic is set to build this special tribute edition of E-type sports car. This collection will include strictly limited matched pair of vehicles to commemorate the first two E-type models 77RW and 9600HP that were shown off to the guests in 1961.
The first select E-type pair will comprise a grey Fixed Head Coupé modelled on a prototype registered ‘9600 HP’. This model was first driven by Public Relations Manager Bob Berry from Coventry to Switzerland the night before the E-Type was l.
The other E-type edition will be finished to match green roadster ‘77RW’, built in February 1961 as the first production open two-seater. It was famously driven non-stop overnight from the firm’s factory in Coventry to Geneva by the legendary Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis following unprecedented demand for passenger rides in a motor show.
Both these limited edition variants will be powered by the 3.8- litre straight-six engine matching to the original specification that allowed the first prototypes to hit the 150mph (241Km/hr) speed in the first road media tests. The marvellous E-type 60 collection will be finished in exclusively formulated ‘Drop Everything Green’ and ‘Flat Out Grey’ paints, named after the story behind the car’s launch. The collection will feature commemorative design details created in partnership with Jaguar design director, Julian Thomson.
“The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come,” said Daniel Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic.
The special tribute edition pairs will be built by Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire to match the existing 1960 E-Types completely. The price and other specifications of the pairs will be announced later. The cars will not be available for individual purchase.