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Jaguar Classic reveals 60th anniversary E-type, 12 tribute sports cars to be made

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic E-type, Jaguar Classic is creating six limited-edition matched pairs, inspired by the iconic ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW,’ which made their debut at the sports car’s 1961 launch. 

The E-type made its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland on 15 March 1961.

The E-type 60 Collection cars, which will only be sold as in pairs (one E-type 60 Edition coupé, one E-type 60 Edition roadster) are finished in exclusive Flat Out Grey and Drop Everything Green paint colours respectively. These colour formulations are inspired by the original 1961 colours and won’t be used on any other Jaguar.

Both feature vintage tribute details, including a commemorative E-type 60 logo, which adorns the bonnet badge, fuel cap, chassis plate and clock face in the tachometer. A light beech-rimmed steering wheel, as fitted to 1961 cars, features a 24-carat gold horn push.

Both feature 1961 tribute details, including a commemorative E-type 60 logo. A light beech-rimmed steering wheel, as fitted to 1961 cars, features a 24-carat gold horn push…

The E-type made its debut in Geneva, 15 March 1961

The E-type 60 Collection also feature custom-designed engraved centre consoles by artist King Nerd, which celebrate the epic road trips undertaken by Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis and PR man Bob Berry, who raced the original E-types to their 1961 launch. The engraving recalls the drive routes from Coventry to Geneva of those first cars. Each piece of art takes more than 100 hours to create by hand.

Restored and refined by the experts at Jaguar Classic in Coventry, each E-type 60 Edition features a specially-developed close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox, mated to the 3.8-litre in-line six-cylinder Jaguar XK engine

Buyers will also enjoy the Jaguar Classic Infotainment System with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, stainless steel exhaust system, electronic ignition and cooling upgrade with alloy radiator

IDan Pink, Director, Jaguar Classic, said: “Sixty years after its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, the talented team at Jaguar Classic are releasing the ultimate birthday present to the E-type: The E-type 60 Collection. The attention to detail demonstrates how this project has been a labour of love for our designers, engineers, craftspeople and partners. Exquisite detailing combined with enhanced usability ensure these E-types will be coveted and enjoyed for decades to come by their discerning owners, starting with a once-in-a-lifetime Coventry to Geneva pilgrimage for our six customers and their guests in Summer 2022.”

In Summer 2022, the six customers and their guests will take part in a once-in-a-lifetime Coventry-to-Geneva drive experience with their cars,  enjoying breath-taking scenery, epic roads and Alpine passes, with exclusive stays and fine cuisine throughout the trip.

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