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V12, Disc Brakes, Monocoque

Production Years

1961 – 1974


Great Britain

Number Produced

72,515 (All E-types)


William Heynes

The Jaguar E-Type was originally introduced in early 1961, the E-Type captivated the public with its rear-wheel-drive grand touring design, available in two-seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and the two-seater convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater).

This marvel of engineering was remarkably ahead of its time, featuring a front subframe that directly bolted to the body tub, eliminating the common and inefficient ladder frame chassis. The innovative design showcased the E-Type's commitment to cutting-edge technology.

Under the hood, the E-Type boasted a V12 engine, making it a Series 3 "2+2" four-seater version of the coupé with a lengthened wheelbase, offering enhanced comfort and performance. Derived from Jaguar's illustrious D-Type racing car, which secured victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for three consecutive years starting in 1955, the E-Type inherited a rich racing pedigree.

Notably, all E-Types featured independent coil spring rear suspension designed and developed by R J Knight, coupled with torsion bar front ends and power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes – with in-board brakes at the rear. This combination of cutting-edge features made the E-Type a symbol of automotive excellence.

In recognition of its groundbreaking design, the New York City Museum of Modern Art added a blue roadster to its permanent collection in 1996. Step into a bygone era of automotive elegance with the 1973 Jaguar E-Type – a timeless classic that continues to captivate enthusiasts.

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