In March 2021 Jaguar will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic E-type.
Jaguar Classic will create six matched pairs of E-types to celebrate the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021 called the E-type 60 Collection.
The E-Type 60 Collection will pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all, the 9600 HP and the 77 RW. Which played important roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.
An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types unveiled to guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Public relations manager Bob Berry drove to Switzerland from Coventry the night before the launch and arrived with minutes to spare for demonstration drives.
With an outstanding reaction to the E-type resulting, Norman Dewis legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer was told to “drop everything” and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ‘77 RW’ overnight from Coventry to Geneva.
Both cars were also used for media road tests, which proved the car’s unbelievable performance –including its 150mph top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.
All E-type 60 Editions built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to an exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.
60 Collection pair will also include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one
Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint exclusively kept for
these cars. It will also feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative
design details created with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.
“The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on. The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”
- Dan Pink - Director of Jaguar Classic