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1961 was the year one of the most iconic British cars ever was launched. The Jaguar E-type. Designed by Malcolm Sayer, it took the world in a storm, becoming the quintessential sports car of its day.

It wasn’t a simple task he had to do, create a successor to the phenomenal Jaguar XK-series. But nonetheless he succeeded with great success, creating one of the most beautiful cars ever made. Even Enzo Ferrari himself had to admit the E-type was one of the most beautiful cars ever made.

 

When they started to develop the E-type, Sir William Lyons intended to have a production run of 250 pieces, by the end of the development, his build estimate had grown to 1.000 pieces. When they lauched the car at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, th E-type on display crowds no-one had hoped for. And they certainly wouldn’t have expected they had to build more than 70.000 E-types to keep up with the demand.

 

Their choice of creating a sports car for the mass market rather than adapt a race car for use on road turned out to be the right move. During its 13-year production run, there were countless changes made to improve the E-type, but you can divide them in 4 different generations and 3 different body styles: OTS, FHC and 2+2

 

Series 1 3.8 Litre:

  • 1961 – 1964
  • 15.493 built
  • 3781 cc 6-cylinder in-line
  • 198kW
  • 325Nm
  • No 2+2 available

 

Series 1 and 1 ½ 4.2 Litre:

  • 1964 – 1968
  • 22.919 built
  • 4235 cc 6-cylinder in-line
  • 198kW
  • 384Nm

 

Series 2 4.2 Litre 

  • 1968 – 1970
  • 18.813 built
  • 4235cc 6-cylinder in-line
  • 198kW
  • 384Nm

 

Series 3 V12

  • 1970 – 1974
  • 15.287 built
  • 5343 cc V12
  • 200kW
  • 412Nm
  • No FHC available

 

With the youngest model being over 40 years old, time has got his grip on most of the still existing E-type models. Together with some less professional mechanics working on the technical side of the car, it can result in some doubtful cars that, although they look good, aren’t half as good as when they rolled out of the factory.

 

Our partner restores the E-type back to its factory state, with modern technologies allowing them to make them even better than new. 

 

Combining our strengths, we now offer the possibility to turn back the time and offer you the possibility to order your “new” E-type as you would likely have done in the sixties.

 

How it works: 

  1. With our sales consultant, you configure your ideal E-type, with free choice of engine, gearbox, colours, options, etc.
  2. We search and buy the vehicle needed to build your dream car.
  3. Our partner starts rebuilding your car to your specifications.
  4. With regular reports, we keep you up to date with the status of your vehicle.
  5. When finished, you can pick up your new car in our showroom.

 

Alternative (depending on availability): choose one of our unsold running projects in the ‘inventory cars’ section.

 

Please contact us for more information and pricing.

 



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