Jaguar E Type Series 1,2,3 Retro Classic Cars Roadster & Coupe – Car fanciers always debate about whether a specific model is better than another, but Jaguar E Type is an entirely different beast. Although people have different preferences concerning cars, this particular model is easily the Crown Jewel, the Holy Grail, enthusiasts’ wet dreams. Car reviewers from all around the world and of different generations have agreed that the Jaguar E Type is pretty darn close to perfection in terms of engineering and design. Of course, anybody can argue that every reviewer is biased and everything is subjective opinion, but when Enzo Ferrari called it “the most beautiful car ever made”, no one could afford to differ.
Despite its relatively long production years, Jaguar Type E is a rarity these days. Manufactured from 1961 to 1975, more than 72,000 were made. Some survived throughout the years until now, and others were simply gone or scrapped or damaged beyond repair. It is difficult to figure out the exact number of the surviving units, but anything around 5,000 would be a good guess.
Among those surviving units and assuming one of them was produced in 1975, it is 42 years old today; that is the youngest as it can get. You have to also consider one thing; a surviving Jaguar E Type must have been properly maintained by the owner throughout several decades. Therefore, you can almost always say that the car would look as astonishing today as it was four or five decades ago.
Back in 1961, it was not just the looks that bewildered anybody but the performance and the price as well. The equivalent Ferrari or Aston Martin at that time would cost roughly 5,000 pounds, but Jaguar E Type was only about 2,000 pounds; and thanks to the 3.8L straight-six engine, it was faster, too. It reached a top speed of 150 miles per hour and 0-60mph acceleration in just under 7 seconds.
Back then, the car was more than just a vehicle to take you from point A to B; it would be shameful to think of it that way. It was proud creation of British engineering, a cold hard evidence that you didn’t have to spend too much for speed and style, a milestone in motoring industry, a piece of perfection that set Jaguar off. Inevitably, Jaguar E Type became must-have accessory for the jetsets with the likes of Steve McQueen, George Best and Frank Sinatra had them.
While the coupe version was the fastest of the series, it was the roadsters that gained more attention. Both were two-seaters with stiff under-structure, meaning the roadsters drove as effectively as the coupe. All models in the series enjoyed great popularity across Europe and U.S. Survival rate is relatively high for a car manufactured several decades ago, which means Jaguar E Type value is still good even as investment for today’s money. Not many people are looking for the car indeed, because only serious buyers with cash to burn would want an old car that costs at least50,000 pounds today.
Two years after the initial launch, Jaguar introduced a lightweight version. Jaguar E Type Lightweight was different from the rest of the breed mainly in the body works although the engine did receive some treatments to make it faster as well. Body panels and other components were made extensively by Aluminum alloy. Even the engine also used aluminum block. Although it used the same 3.8L straight-six, the power increased to 300 horsepower instead of 265 bhp from the standard version. Don’t be surprised if you come across a 1963 Jaguar E Type and see a substantially higher asking price. It is a different car disguised under the same look. Also, it was only made for a period of a year (1963 – 1964) with total production units of 12 cars. In May 2014, Jaguar announced that it would make 6 more Lightweights.
The 1968 Jaguar E Type fell into Series 2 category. There were some significant changes such as materials downgrading, repositioned switches in the dashboard, redesigned front indicators, and some factory options including power steering and air conditioning. Smooth polished cam cover was also replaced with a more ribbed industrial design. All in all, the Series 2 had less power since the engine produced only 245 bhp or 20 less than the predecessor despite the fact that it used bigger engine, the 4.2L straight-six. However, Series 2 is the rarest of all the versions.
Jaguar E Type parts received massive changes for the Series 3. Instead of using straight-six configuration, the newer model was fitted with 5.3l V12 engine, power steering as standard and updated brakes. Some options were available too for examples air conditioning, automatic transmission, and wire wheels. Jaguar E Type Series 3 was the first from the company to be fitted with a V12 engine. It was designed to maximum smoothness but the top speed was relatively slow at only 150 mph. Fuel consumption was monstrous considering the 1973 energy crisis.
Prominent styling from Jaguar E Type Series 3 was the chrome grille. It did not have the same aesthetic appeal as the earlier models, but it was appropriate for the American market. Many criticized Series 3 as being a cruiser rather than a sports car, but the appeal remains until now.
There were many models in Jaguar E Type line-up. Some models were heavily criticized and others were praised with admiration. It does not change the fact that any of them still retains its classic appeal and is probably the best car money can buy.