Jaguar Classic reveals E-TYPE 60 Collection
Jaguar Classic has unveiled its very first E-type 60 Collection of cars. The British automakers have successfully restored 12 3.8-litre E-types models in celebration of 60 years of the iconic sports car. The humble beginnings of the E-type dates back to 1961 where it made its debut in Geneva, Switzerland.
The public was thrilled with the lone coupé as the test drives were so strong that Jaguar had to rush a second E-type, a roadster, from Coventry to Geneva overnight. More than six decades later, the E-type 60 Collection pays tribute to these two legendary cars: The Opalescent Gunmetal Grey coupé ‘9600’ driven by Bob Berry and the British Racing Green roadster ’77 RW’, driven by Norman Dewis.
The E-type 60 Collection cars, which are sold as a pair (one E-type 60 Edition coupé, one E-type 60 Edition roadster) will get finished in exclusive Flat Out Grey and Drop Everything Green paint colours. These colours are inspired by the original 1961 colours and won’t be used on any other Jaguar.
The cars also feature a range of unique E-type 60 design elements developed in conjunction with Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director. Subtle enhancements will further improve the usability and driveability, including a five-speed manual gearbox and enhanced cooling. The cabin will also feature a Jaguar Classic Infotainment System which will have built-in satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity.
The most distinctive visual highlight for each of the specially produced cars will be the engraving by artist and designer King Nerd on the centre console of each car, recalling the drive routes from Coventry to Geneva of those original cars. Each piece of art took over 100 hours to create and was all done by hand.
In addition to this, the bonnet badge, clock face within the tachometer, fuel cap, and chassis plate will all be finished with a celebratory E-type 60 logo which was created by Jaguar Design and will feature the years ‘1961-2021’. Another exciting feature in this one-of-a-kind model will be its light beech-rimmed steering wheel that will feature a 24-carat gold horn push.
Jaguar has announced that in 2022, only six customers, as well as their guests, will take part in the ultimate E-type pilgrimage, a Coventry-to-Geneva drive experience with the cars to create their very own E-type memories.