When Jaguar unveiled the E-Type (aka XKE) at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961 it caused a sensation. Enzo Ferrari described it as “The most beautiful car ever made”. In many ways he was right. The car’s stunning beauty has earned it an uncompromised cult status that is validated by a succession of continuation models and reimagined visions such as the Eagle Speedster and the Lightweight continuation cars.
As such the E-Type has entered the collective psyche and will remain there for decades to come. But before you embark on an E-Type search you have to ask yourself if you are prepared to pay the price to fulfil your dream – both financially and in terms of the effort required to make it a reality. Source
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The 4.2 litre engine changed the character of the E-Type turning it from a wild cat into something more sleek and refined. The new engine also gave it more power and torque and the use of the new Jaguar all synchromesh gearbox meant that owners could enjoy it to a greater extent. Interestingly the E-Types subject to the 1968 changes were officially referred to by Jaguar as Series 1 but the enthusiast fraternity took a different view and christened them Series 1.5 cars.
When Jaguar Classic set about creating the six new Lightweight E-Types they utilised state of the art digital scanning technology to create an image of every panel and part on both the inner and outer surfaces. This gave them a superlative degree of detail and allowed the team to create replacement parts that are absolutely faithful to the originals.