Famously described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever made, for many the flowing lines and endless bonnet of the Jaguar E-Type is the embodiment of 1960s motoring cool.
Prices can vary dramatically, depending on the condition of a Series 1 E-Type. Typical prices range from the £50,000 region for a rusted “fixer-upper” to £250,000+ for a pristine model. Not all examples will reach the claimed top speed of 150mph, but most should be around the 265bhp mark, provided they have been well maintained or been the beneficiary of a full rebuild. All that power really does feel quick. A decent E-type is a joy on the open road, the long bonnet encouraging you to point and floor it. A 0-60 time of only 6.9 seconds is fast even by today’s standards, let alone those of the 1960s. Despite the pace, the Moss gearbox in early cars can take a bit of getting used to.
So successful was the E-Type that it survived over three generations from 1961 to 1975. The original mark 1 had a 3.8-litre six-cylinder power plant, which was upscaled first to a 4.2-litre six, and finally, 5.3-litre V12 in the mark 3 . Coupes and convertible versions were offered, but the most highly-prized cars these days are the early Series 1 models which are generally considered the prettiest thanks to their simpler, purer design.
Such is the enduring appeal of the E-Type’s design, that in 2020 Jaguar announced plans to revive the model with an all-electric drivetrain - the E-Type Concept Zero.
JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1
Power (bhp@rpm) 265bhp@5500rpm
Torque (lb ft@rpm) 260lb ft@4000rpm
Top speed 150mph