The Jaguar E type has been a revolutionary and iconic treasure for car lovers for five decades and last year marked the 50th anniversary of this dream car which took 14 years to build from1961 to 1975. This high performance sports car was reasonably priced at nearly half of what other cars in the same category were. Nearly 70,000 cars have been sold. But because it is not produced any more, it is being sold more as a priceless icon of Jaguar. Even in 2004 and 2008, it hogged the coveted first place as the Hundred Most Beautiful Cars in a leading Newspaper and the Top Sports Cars of the 60′s in an International Magazine.
The Jaguar E type created a shockwave in 1961 with its superb speed and performance which makes car lovers drool even today. The 1961 model has the XK straight 6 engine with a power of 265bhp and torque of 257 ft/lbs. The four speed manual gearbox did not have a synchromesh 1st gear which was the only disadvantage. This was improved in the 1964 model which had a Moss all - synchromesh gearbox. It cruised at a spectacular top speed of 240 km/h and achieved 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds.
A series of E type has been produced from 1961 to 1975 styling the interiors as the period demanded. The 3.8L '61 model had bucket seats upholstered in leather and a central instrument panel for fuel, oil, speed and mileage, ammeter and toggle switches for the ignition, lights, wipers, fan and cigarette lighter, all trimmed with aluminium. The floor was flat and roomy with only two doors and a bonnet that could be latched. The variant came in 1964 with vinyl and leather seats and a curved floor creating a larger leg space.
The final version of the Series III was brought out in 1971. It was a 2 + 2 coupe with a large bumper and radiator grill opening. Side lights were fitted and the headlights were the open type with wider flared wheel arches. The whole body of the car is tapered at both ends to give it a bullet shape with a long bonnet that gives character and style to the Jaguar E type.