Author: Jason / Date: August 9, 2022 / Tags: Jaguar
(RareCarMarket.com) – The Jaguar E-Type is an outstanding example of a British sports car. Known for its stunning looks and high performance, the E-Type quickly became an icon. It’s no surprise it’s one of only six vehicles to become a permanent exhibit in the New York City Museum of Modern Art’s design collection.
First introduced on March 15, 1961, as an export only, the E-Type didn’t become available in Britain until July. The Series 1 ran from 1961 to 1968 and was a rear-wheel drive, two-seater available as a coupe or convertible. The E-Type’s 3.8 liter, six-cylinder XK6 engine gave it a powerful drive.
The standout features of the earliest series included its flat floor and the requirement of a special tool to open the hood. Designers eliminated those quirky features in later series, recognizing that a rounded floor provided more legroom and the inconvenience of a unique tool to pop the hood. The original model is a rare find and worth a lot of money.
Series 2 and 3 models required some modifications to conform with changing North American regulations. They also had bigger grilles, wider wheels, and larger bumpers. Additionally, the radiator and cooling system sizes increased because of complaints about overheating issues.
Why is the E-Type a collector’s dream? One reason is the long list of celebrity owners, including Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, and Hollywood racer legend Steve McQueen. The model is also beautiful. Many people say it is one of the best-looking cars ever made. Adding to its allure, it’s not the easiest to find, especially in the US. Netting one will likely come at a 6-figure price tag, making it a precious asset.
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