In the world of classic cars few models are as recognizable as the Jaguar E-Type. Mention the Geneva Motor Show in 1961 and everyone knows exactly what you mean – the leaping cat is one of the most iconic automobiles ever made. While the modern Jaguar XK and XF are quite competent, there is still something about the old E-Type that captures the hearts of enthusiasts.
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The first E-Types were developed to be a high performance roadster for the racing circuit. The E-Type had to be a car that could hold its own against the competition from Ferrari, Maserati and Alfa Romeo. And the car had to be a delight to drive – it would need to be fast enough to win races and fast enough to provide drivers with a thrilling experience.
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It’s no wonder that Jaguar’s Experimental Department and Chief Engineer Bill Heynes took the task seriously. He was well aware that if the car failed it would destroy the company’s reputation for quality and reliability.
It took six years of research and development but finally in June 1962 the engineers were ready to unveil their prototypes at the Geneva Motor Show. The car was a great success and it quickly became known as the most beautiful automobile of all time. The only significant modification to the original design was the addition of a recessed floor which added leg room and helped to make the car more practical.