Jaguar Classic plans E-type editions marking its 60th anniversary in 2021

Six pairs of coupes and roadsters pay homage to the original cars that debuted in 1961

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Jaguar chief William Lyons examines the new E-Type coupe in Geneva | Jaguar Classic archive photos

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the iconic E-type in 2021, Jaguar Classic will create six matching sets of two 60 Edition cars – 3.8-liter coupe and roadster versions – that pay tribute to the two original cars that debuted in March 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show. 

Those two 1961 launch cars are considered to be the most-famous of all E-types – known in the U.S. as XK-E – that were driven “flat out” from Coventry, England, to Geneva, Switzerland, for the world introduction and media test drives. 

An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey coupe, registered 9600 HP, driven by Jaguar’s public relations manager Bob Berry, was the first to arrive in Geneva for a special showing, where the excitement generated by the E-type was such that Jaguar immediately ordered its legendary test and development engineer Norman Dewis to “drop everything” and drive a British Racing Green roadster, registered 77 RW, overnight to the Swiss motor show.

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Belgian Jaguar head Jacques De Clippel with the two launch cars in Geneva

Berry and Dewis became the demonstrators for the stunning performance of the coupe and the roadster, their gorgeous bodywork wind-tunnel honed by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.

Jaguar Classic draws on that heritage for its special-edition pairs.

“Every E-type 60 Edition 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 exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification,” Jaguar’s heritage division said in a news release.

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Norman Dewis takes a passenger for a demonstration drive

“Each E-type 60 Collection pair will include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars,” the release continues. “Each E-type 60 Edition will feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.”

For information about Jaguar Classic and its services, visit the division website.

 “The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961,” said Dan Pink, director of Jaguar Classic. “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.”

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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