A BRIEF JAGUAR E-TYPE HISTORY


When the Jaguar E-type was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961,
it became an immediate success. Its long sleek lines, affecting headlights
and the stylish opening "mouth" made it a revelation to turn heads. Even
Enzo Ferrari called it the most beautiful car ever made. And 47 years later,
in March 2008, E-Type was voted number one in the English Journal Daily
Telegraph’s list of the “100 Most Beautiful Cars” of all time, and Jaguar
E-Type got nearly four times more votes than the second-placed car.

 The First Presentation in Geneva 1961

In USA Jaguar E-type is better known as Jaguar XK-E due to the fact that it
was given the type name, which was a continuation of the previous models
of Jaguar XK-120, XK-140, and XK-150.


  Series 1 - 3.8 litre

Made : 1961 - 1963


    Unveiled 15.03.1961 at the Geneva Auto Show


 

Coupe

Roadster

 

 

 

This was the first E-type presented in Geneva

This was the first Jaguar E-type roadster

 

 

 

 

 

Representing model:
Tecnomodel 1:43

Representing model:
Corgi 1:43

 

 

 

There was a small number of e-types radically modified for competition by Jaguar.
The first was EC1001, laid down in 1961 but not seen in action until 1963 after it
had been bought by Dick Protheroe. One of an intended small run of similar cars
(though only it was built) EC 1001 had a lightened steel shell, 3,8 litre alloy block,
fuel injected engine and unique low-drag closed bodywork on a light-gauge steel tub.

During 1962 the Coombs-entered roadster 850006 was extensively modified by the
factory and it became the prototype for what we usually call the lightweight E-type.
12 full-specification lightweights were built, including the metamorphosed 850006.
They were delivered between March 1963 and January 1964. Officially they were
standard roadsters which were then modified using special parts, owners being
invoiced firstly for the standard car and then for the modifications. However, in
reality all except 850006 were built to competition specification from scratch.


  Lightweight

Made : 1962 - 1964


    13 hand made special racing cars with aluminium body


 

Number 1 (S850006)

 1963 R.A.C. Tourist Trophy

  1st owner :

  John Coombs

  Race :

  1963/Aug / Goodwood (RAC TT)

  Drivers :

  Jack Sears

  Result :

  4.

 

 

Number 2 (S850659)
Representing model:
Tenariv 1:43

  1st owner :

  Briggs Cunningham

  Race :

  1963/Jun/15-16 / Le Mans 24 hours

  Drivers :

  Briggs Cunningham & Bob Grossman

  Result :

  9.

 

 

Number 3 (S850660)
Representing model:
PIT 1:43
"The Lost Lightweight"

  1st owner :

  Kjell Qvale

  Race :

  1963/Jun/15-16 / Sebring 12 hours (no 20)

  Drivers :

  Ed Leslie & Frank Morill

  Result :

  8.

 

 

Number 4 (S850661)
Representing model:
SMTS 1:43

  1st owner :

  Tommy Atkins

  Race :

  1963/Aug / Goodwood (RAC TT)

  Drivers :

  Roy Salvadori

  Result :

  3.

 

 

Number 5 (S850662)
Representing model:
Provence Moulage 1:43

  1st owner :

  Peter Lindner

  Race :

  1964/Jun/20-21 / Le Mans 24 hours

  Drivers :

  Peter Lindner & Peter Nöcker

  Result :

  DNF

 

 

Number 6 (S850663)
Representing model:
Vroom 1:43

  1st owner :

  Peter Lumsden, Peter Sargent

  Race :

  1964/Jun/20-21 / Le Mans 24 hours

  Drivers :

  Peter Lumsden & Peter Sargent

  Result :

  DNF

 

 

Number 7 (S850664)
Representing model:
Tecnomodel 1:43

  1st owner :

  Briggs Cunningham

  Race :

  1963/Jun/15-16 / Le Mans 24 hours

  Drivers :

  Walt Hangsen & Augie Pabst

  Result :

  DNF

 

 

Number 8 (S850665)
Representing model:
Best 1:43

  1st owner :

  Briggs Cunningham

  Race :

  1963/Jun/15-16 / Le Mans 24 hours

  Drivers :

  Roy Salvadori & Paul Richards

  Result :

  DNF

 

 

Number 9 (S850666)
Representing model:
SMTS 1:43

  1st owner :

  Peter Sutcliffe

  Race :

  1963/July Snetterton

  Drivers :

  Peter Sutcliffe

  Result :

  1.

 

 

Number 10 (S850667)
Representing model:
Dincum Classics 1:43

  1st owner :

  Bob Jane

  Race :

  1964/Feb / Australian GT Championships

  Drivers :

  Bob Jane

  Result :

  1.

 

 

Number 11 (S850668)

  1st owner :

  Dick Wilkins

  No races

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 12 (S850669)
Representing model:
SMTS 1:43

  1st owner :

  Phil Scragg

  No races

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number 13 (EC1001)
Project Number ZX 537/30
- lighter gauge steel body with Sayer-designed 'low drag' -roofline

 1963 R.A.C. Tourist Trophy

  1st owner :

  Dick Protheroe

  Race :

  1963/Aug / Goodwood (RAC TT)

  Drivers :

  Dick Protheroe

  Result :

  6.

 



  Other special build E-types

Four other e-types besides those mentioned should be included in the list of special build
cars. 2 steel-shelled cars were bought by Briggs Cunningham, both extensively modified
mechanically; the roadster (875027) was built in April 1961 but although by 1962 it was
racing with a wide angle head. Weber-carburreted engine and many special parts, it is
not clear whether these were fitted by Jaguar or in the United States by Cunningham.
The second car was a fixed-head which Cunningham entered in the 1962 LeMans race
(it came fourth). This latter was certainly prepared at Browns Lane in Coventry. It most
nearly matches the third car , which was bought by Pierre Bardinon in France. Finally,
a lightened much modified steel-bodied roadster was delivered on the same month as
Pierre Bardinon's fixed head; July 1964. It went to Sir Robert Ropner, also for road use.
Like the dozen alloy-tub roadsters mentioned, these two cars also had the 'S' prefix to
their chassis number, making 14 'S' series E-types in all.


 

Roadster (875027)

  1st owner :

  Briggs Cunningham

  Race :

  1962/March 24./ Sebring 12 hours

  Drivers :

  Briggs Cunningham, John Fitch

  Result :

  14.

 

 

Lightweight coupe (860630)
Representing model:
Kyosho 1:43

  1st owner :

  Briggs Cunningham

  Race :

  1962/June 23-24/ Le Mans 24 hours

  Drivers :

  Briggs Cunningham & Roy Salvadori

  Result :

  4.

 

 

Lightweight coupe (S890193)

  1st owner :

  Pierre Bardinon

  No race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Semi-lightweight (S850817)

  1st owner :

  Sir Robert Ropner

  No race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  Series 1 - 4.2 litre

Made : 1964 - 1967


    4.2 litre engine replaced 3.8 litre. Coupe 2+2 was introduced in 1965


 

Coupe

Roadster

Coupe 2+2

 

 

 

 

Representing model:
Eligor 1:43

Representing model:
Small Wheels 1:43

Representing model:
Corgi Toys 1:43

 

 

  Series 1½ - 4.2 litre

Made : 1968


    "Series 1, open headlight variant"


 

Roadster

Coupe

Coupe 2+2

 

 

 

 

Representing model:
Dinky 1:43

Representing model:
Wiking 1:87

Representing model:
Unknown brand 1:40

 

 

  Series II - 4.2 litre

Made : 1969 - 1971


 

Roadster

Coupe

Coupe 2+2

 

 

 

 

Representing model:
Matrix 1:43

Representing model:
Matrix 1:43

Representing model:
Corgi Juniors 1:62

 

 

  Series III - 5.3 litre V12

Made : 1971 - 1975


    5,3 litre V12 engine, length 15 ft 4 inch


 

Roadster

Coupe 2+2

 

 

 

 

 

Representing model:
AutoArt 1:18

Representing model:
Tenariv 1:43

 

 

 
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Last updated : 08.03.2016