Click to Return Home
Sports Cars & Luxury Vehicles
Jaguar E-Type Convertible
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Jaguar E-Type, or the Jaguar XK-E for the North American market, is a British sports car that was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1974. Its combination of beauty, high performance, and competitive pricing established the model as an icon of the motoring world. The E-Type's claimed 150 mph (241 km/h) top speed, sub-7-second 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) acceleration, unitary construction, disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the car and spurred industry-wide changes.
The E-Type employed what was, for the early 1960s, a novel design principle, with a front subframe carrying the engine, front suspension and front bodywork bolted directly to the body tub. No ladder frame chassis, as was common at the time, was needed and as such the first cars weighed only 1315 kg (2900 lb).
It is rumored that, on its debut on 15 March 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it "the most beautiful car ever made", but this statement is not fully confirmed. In 2004, Sports Car International magazine placed the E-Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s
The Series 1 cars essentially fall into two categories: Those made between 1961 and 1964, which had 3.8-litre engines and (on all but the very last cars) partial synchromesh transmissions; and those made between 1965 and 1967, which increased engine size and torque by around 10% to 4.2 litres, and also provided new reclining seats, an alternator in place of the dynamo, an electrical system switched to negative earth, a more reliable brake servo, and other modern amenities. Styling was unchanged
Body and chassis
2-door fastback coupé
2-door 2+2 fastback coupé
3.8 L XK I6
4.2 L XK I6
4-speed manual; 3-speed automatic (automatic available 1966-onward, 2+2 model only)
1961-1964 Jaguar Series 1 E-Type
18 - SL116 - 20 - 02
Material: Die-cast metal
Star rating: ***/*****
This is one of Britain's most famous cars. It has been said that the father of Ferrari stated that it was the most beautiful car in the world. So it's a shame that such a car should be made in this size, at what I consider an ugly model.
It has so many things wrong, it’s hard to where to start. Its body is the main area of die-cast metal, and while it has a good shape when you have a quick look at it, but its when you look more closely at it that you see the problems. While the bonnet and boot have excellent gap clearance, the same cannot be said of the doors. When you look at the doors, you can see into the interior. On most models, the doors fit into the exterior door frame so they open and close without this problem. This is a design flaw that seems to affect only this model, the Cabriolet, while the closed coupe does not have this problem.
And now the interior. What a mess. The seating is wrong with such seating as it would not appear on the real E-Type. It totally makes this a children's toy, and does not give most collectors a chance not to display it.
The remaining areas like the engine are reasonably well done, with excellent detail. With the bonnet being able to be fully open, this gave the makers a chance to add detail to the engine. This they have attempted, and while some may like it, there seems to be an over use of that brown plastic colour that is the same as used on the interior.
Overall, not an exciting model. I am very disappointed as this company has given collectors a classier model. I cannot score any better, a 3/5