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One of the most famous and coveted cars of all time, Jaguar’s stunning E-TYPE continues to win the hearts of motoring enthusiasts 60 years after its arrival in 1961. GQ Magazine UK and Autocar both celebrated this milestone by taking a deep dive into the history of this iconic vehicle.


At its launch at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1961, Autocar says “the E-Type not only stole the show but every headline. Enzo Ferrari described the Jaguar as the most beautiful car in the world, and now many regard the original Coupé and Roadster models as perfect from every angle”. GQ describes the E-TYPE as a marvel of aerodynamic engineering, and “as sleek as an oiled otter and with a profile that looked sculpted by artisans rather than constructed in a Coventry factory”.


The E-TYPE’s story begins with the E1A prototype, which Autocar notes was smaller than the final production E-TYPE and had a 2.4 litre engine, but “showcased the new independent rear suspension design that went on to be a hallmark of Jaguar models for four decades”. When the E-Type was unveiled in 1961, it had a 265bhp 3.8-litre engine and four-speed manual 'box, with a claimed top speed of 150mph. Disc brakes were fitted to all of the E-TYPE’s wheels which, as GQ explains, “few mass-produced cars did, and that was just one of many advanced features...the E-type wasn’t just a looker – it was a driver, too”.

With a series 1, 2 and 3 of the E-TYPE produced, GQ says there’s debate as to which version is the best one, further complicated by the fact that there were several different engine and gearbox choices, and three very different body types. They ultimately conclude what any fan already knows - there is really no bad E-TYPE.

Saluting the Jaguar E-TYPE “in all its considerable glory”, GQ believes that “truly this sports car is one of the greatest ever made”, while Autocar can only agree: “Today, the E-Type is rightly regarded as a blue-chip classic. Its legacy carries on in models such as the F-Type, so even now the E-TYPE’s impact on the world continues.”