Jaguar E-Type

Enzo Ferrari called the Jaguar E-Type “the most beautiful car ever made” when it was first released and even fifty years later, it still looks stunning when you see one. The car in America was known as the Jaguar XK-E as a continuation of the XK range.

1963 Jaguar E-Type roadster photo Dan Smith

What You’ll Find On This Page

  • Details about the design, development and specification of the car
  • Motoring videos of the car
  • The role of the car in popular culture
  • Details of the diecast models of the car

Design, Development And Specification Of The Jaguar E-Type

The E-Type was designed by Malcolm Sayer who also designed the C and D types and the XJ13 and XJS and was first shown at the Geneva motor show in 1961.

Full production also started in 1961 with a two seat coupé and convertible bodies and a 3.8 litre engine.

Series 1 E-Type Jaguar attribution Karrmann

Production continued until 1975 and, in total, more than 70,000 E-Types were sold.

It was continually developed which makes describing the development complicated:

  • Series 1 – 1961 to 1968
    • This saw the engine increased from 3.8 to 4.2 litres and the introduction of a 2+2 coupé and ongoing changes to make the car suitable for the American market in what was known as the series 1 1/2.
    • S1 3.8 saw 7,670 coupés and 7,828 convertibles built.
    • S1 4.2 saw 5,830 2 seat coupés, 3,616 2+2 coupés and 6,749 convertibles built.
    • S1.5 saw 1,942 2 seat coupés, 1,983 2+2 coupés and 2,801 convertibles.
  • Series 2 – 1968 to 1971
    • 4,855 2 seat coupés,  5,326 2+2 coupés and 8,628 convertibles
    • The two main changes to the appearance were the headlights had their glass cover removed and the bumpers were switched to wrap around at the back. Various mechanical and interior changes were also made.
  • Series 3 – 1971 to 1975
    • The engine was changed to V12 5.3 litres, the 2 seat coupé was discontinued and the convertible switched to the 2+2 floor plan. The front grille was changed and the wheel arches flared.
    • 7,297 2+2 coupés and 7,990 convertibles.
S3 Jaguar E-Type convertible attribution Bull-Doser

Motoring Videos Of The Jaguar E-Type

There are a lot of videos about the E-Type. I’ve ignored the Jay Leno videos because these seem to feature modified versions of the car.

Here is “The Car’s The Star” narrated by Quentin Wilson (BBC2 1997).

The design has even been revived in the 21st century with the Eagle as Jeremy Clarkson explains on Top Gear.

The E-Type Jag In Popular Culture

In the videos you’ll have seen that the car was owned by icons like George Best, Steve McQueen and Frank Sinatra.  It also appeared in plenty of films and TV programmes – see IMCDb – it goes on for 12 pages.

There are so many that the car has been deprived of one iconic film moment. I’m certainly not counting the Austin Power’s Shaguar.

Models Of The E-Type

  • 1:18 – S1 3.8 convertible – Autoart
  • 1:18 – S1 3.8 coupe – Autoart
  • 1:18 – S1 convertible (1961) – Bburago
  • 1:18 – S1 coupe (1961) – Bburago
  • 1:18 -S1 convertible (1967) – Ertl
  • 1:18 – S1 coupe (1961) – Marks & Spencer
  • 1:18 – S3 convertible – Autoart
  • 1:18 – S3 coupe – Autoart
  • 1:18 – S3 – convertible – Yat Ming Road Signature
  • 1:24 – convertible – Revell
  • 1:32 – S3 coupe – Saico
  • 1:43 – S1 coupe – SpecialC
  • 1:43 – S1 coupe – Ixo
  • 1:43 – S1 coupe – Spark (resin)
  • 1:43 – S3 – convertible – Autoart
  • 1:43 – S1 convertible – Century Dragon
  • 1:43 – S1 3.8 convertible – Corgi
  • 1:43 – S2 coupe – Matrix
  • 1:43 – coupe – Atlas
  • 1:43 – convertible – Road Signature

I have probably missed many more because this is such a lovely car.

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