Next year, the iconic Jaguar E-Type will be celebrating its 60th anniversary and what matter way to celebrate than a limited collection of Jaguar E-Types? Jaguar Classic agree, that’s why they’ve just announced that they’re building six matched pairs of E-Types, named the ‘E-Type 60 Collection’. Each pair will include two of the oldest and most famous E-Types that helped to launch the model’s success. And, what a pair they are.
The first of the two cars in the collection will be based on ‘9600 HP’. Unveiled to a small group of specially-invited guests at Parc des Eaux Vives, Switzerland, 9600 HP is said to have been driven ‘flat-out’ from Coventry by Bob Berry, Jaguar Public Relations Manager. Legend says that Bob and the Opalescent Gunmetal Grey E-Type Coupe arrived just moments before demonstration drives were set to begin.
Once the guests got their hands on 9600 HP, they loved it. They loved it so much that Jaguar decided to rush a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster to Geneva. Registered as ’77 RW’, the roadster was driven overnight by Norman Dewis, Jaguar Test and Development Engineer, arriving in time to continue the E-Type’s success with the guests.
Following their time in Switzerland, 9600 HP and 77 RW returned home to be used for media road tests, where the pair’s success continued. As you already know, the Jaguar E-Type was and is still adored by journalists and car enthusiasts across the globe … it could be down to the, for the time, sensational performance and ground-breaking aerodynamics.
The lucky few that manage to secure one of the six pairs will get both a ‘Flat Out Grey’ 9600 HP coupe and ‘Drop Everything Green’ 77 RW roadster (we love the new colour names). Every one of the cars involved in the E-Type 60 Edition pairings will be existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-Types that are fully-restored to 60th anniversary tribute specification by Jaguar Classic at their Works facility in Warwickshire.
Speaking of this stunning anniversary tribute, Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said:
“The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. 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. The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”
The collection will be unveiled in March 2021 and we cannot wait to see what each of the cars look like. If you could do the same for any other classic car, which iconic car would you restore and recreate? Let us know on Facebook, Linkedin or Instagram.