During 1961-75, Jaguar Cars Ltd manufactured a British sports car known as The Jaguar E-Type. It is a combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing. At a time when most cars had drum brakes and poor features, the E-Type came in the market with distinctive features,independent front and rear suspension, and unique looks. In addition, the E-Type was based on Jaguar’s D-Type racing car.
The Jaguar E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a rear-wheel drive in two sealed form. In addition, on its release, it was recognized as the best car ever made. Later model updates of the E-Type Series 1 were officially designated “Series 2” and “Series 3”.
Concept versions of Jaguar E-Type include E1A AND E2A. E1A was used for factory testing and was never formally released to the public. The car was eventually scrapped by the factory. Jaguar’s E-Type second concept was E2A which, unlike the E1A, was constructed with an aluminum body. This car was completed as a racing car. This car was auctioned for US$4,957,000.
Series 1 (1961–68)
The Series 1 was introduced, initially, for export only, The Series 1 can be recognized by glass-covered head lights , small “mouth” opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate.
Series 2 (1968–71)
The Series 2 introduced a number of design changes. The most distinctive exterior feature is the absence of the glass headlight covers.
Series 3 (1971–75)
The E-Type Series 3 was introduced in 1971, with a new 5.3 L twelve cylinder Jaguar V12 Engine.Optionally air conditioning was also available. Performance was very competitive.
Two limited production Jaguar E-Type variants were made as test beds, both of which were raced. One is known as Low Drag Coupe and the second one as Lightweight E-Type which is still used in the present. Twelve cars plus two spare bodies were made by Jaguar. The cars were entered in various races but, unlike the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, they did not win but were reasonably successful in private hands and in smaller races.