Jaguar E-Type 60th Anniversary Pairings Revealed

“I say, Smithers old boy, do be a good chap and shoot up a brace of E-Types for supper, won’t you? There’s a good lad!”

Yes, you can actually say that, and many other things, if you have the dough to buy a pair (brace = two) of these 60th Anniversary E-Types. One is a coupe, one a convertible. They’re sold only in pairs, as they should be. And there will be only six pairs made, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the iconic Jaguar E-Type, first shown to the world at the Geneva Motor Show March 15, 1961.

You first heard about this magnificent offering when it was announced last summer. Now they have some of them finished and they took some photos. Feast yer eyeballs, as they say in old Blimey.

The cars are 1960 E-Types (though one reference said “1960s,” which would include other years) that have been more than just restored.

“These E-type models are considered ‘reborn,’ and are not the same as D-type or C-type Continuations,” said our man at Jag. “All are comprehensively restored and uprated vehicles, using 1960s donor cars.”

They are powered by rebuilt 3.8-liter straight sixes but are mated to specially developed five-speed manuals with synchromesh, helical cut gears and a reinforced cast aluminum casing “designed to deliver enhanced reliability and greater durability, as well as closer gear ratios and smoother gear changes. The straight-six makes 265 hp and benefits from a “1961-style” alloy radiator with the electric cooling fan already on it. There’s electronic ignition and stainless steel exhaust.

For added flair and commemorative value, Jaguar designers added engraved metal copies of the drive routes taken by PR guy Bob Berry and development driver Norman Dewis from Coventry to Geneva for the Motor Show.

“This was a fantastic opportunity to design and engrave the stories of two epic drives by two Jaguar legends in these iconic and special cars,” said artist Johnny Dowell, who designed the plaques. “A permanent reminder of the anniversary, everywhere these E-type vehicles go, the memory of Bob Berry and Norman Dewis will travel with them.”

The actual number of E-Type pairings that have been sold is vague, like the actual price.

“We do have buyers lined up already,” said our man at Jag. “Since we announced the project in August 2020, customer interest in the E-type 60 Collection has been strong. Considering the limited production run we would always encourage any potential customers to contact Jaguar Classic at their earliest opportunity to confirm availability. Customers interested in this unrepeatable opportunity should contact Jaguar Classic directly.”

They are available in right-or left-hand drive, so keep the coupe in London and the cabriolet in Malibu. Call me and we’ll take the Malibu car for a drive. I know some great roads.

You can contact Jaguar Classic directly at www.jaguar.com/classic, +44 (0) 2476 566 600, sales@classic-jaguarlandrover.com.

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