Jaguar is celebrating 60 years of the E-Type – known in the US as the XK-E – by giving 12 cars a full internal restoration with a handful of 21st century updates. The six coupes and six convertibles are only sold in pairs and are inspired by the cars that were shown when the model was launched in Geneva in 1961.
The E-Type was developed as a replacement for the XK150 and presented to the public and the press on March 15, 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show. Two examples made the trek from England to Switzerland: a gray coupé with the registration number 9600 hp, which was driven by the publicist Bob Perry, and a green roadster with 77 RW, which was placed in the hands of the official Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis. Both cars were driven to the event; The coupe arrived in Switzerland a few minutes before its debut, and the roadster was brought to Geneva the next day.
Jaguar chose not to re-release either car. Instead, the six coupés are painted in a special color called Flat-Out Gray and the six convertibles are covered with Drop Everything Green. It was noted that both colors are specifically designed for the 60 Edition models and that neither is used on any other car. Task-specific emblems created by Jaguar’s Pear design department, among others, on the bonnet and on the fuel c.
Sitting in the cabin is like traveling to the 1960s. The driver stands in front of a wooden steering wheel with drilled spokes (and a non-original 24-carat gold horn button), analog gauges, and a series of switches on the dashboard. Coupes get sleek black leather upholstery, while convertibles get suede green leather. Don’t look for power windows or automatic headlights. You have to manually fold down the windows and turn on the headlights.
However, there is technology if you look. Jaguar, for example, hid a modern infotainment system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. While this is available for all resto-modified E-types built by the company, the 60 edition vehicles stand out on the center console with an engraving of the route from Jaguar’s headquarters in Coventry to Geneva, Switzerland. It is hand-made in 100 hours by Johnny Dowell, also known as the King Nerd. On the engraving on the coupé it says “I thought you would never come here”, words that Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons spoke to Perry after his arrival in Geneva. The sentence “Drop everything and bring the open E-Type over” is engraved on the convertible. These were the instructions Lyon sent to Dewis in 1961.
The power for the 60 Edition vehicles comes from a 3.8-liter in-line six-cylinder engine that delivers 265 horsepower to the rear wheels via an updated five-speed manual gearbox with tighter gear ratios. Jaguar also installed an electric fan, electronic ignition instead of points, and a stainless steel exhaust system, the grade of which is lower than the standard.
Build slots are still available, and Jaguar is encouraging buyers looking to add a pair of 60 Collection cars to their collection to contact the classic department. The company informed us that pricing information is confidential, but indicated that every 60th anniversary car will cost more than a regular resto-modified E-Type with a base price of £ 315,000 (approximately $ 440,300 at current exchange rate) when ordered with the 3.8 liter.
In connection with this, Jaguar introduced the XK-E to the American market in 1961. Prices for the Roadster started at $ 5,595 while the Coupe costed $ 5,895, which is roughly $ 49,000 and $ 51,600 in 2021.
Jaguar includes a cover, a tool kit and a storage bag for the jack for every car. Additionally, shoppers are invited to retrace Perry and Dewis’s 1961 route in the summer of 2022. The road trip takes you from Coventry to Geneva over some of the most beautiful passes – and some of the best restaurants – in the USA Alps.