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When introduced back in 1961 Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made” and it is still being called like that, even today, more than 50 years on. Jaguar E-Type looked as it came from the future or, at least, some exotic place where industrial design was indistinguishable from pure art. Looking more beautiful than any car ever produced up to that point, significantly cheaper than a Ferrari or an Aston Martin of the same class, boastings specifications at least equal to, if nor better, than other sports cars at the time, the Jaguar E-Type became an icon of the 1960s and set the standard for the sports car to come in the following decades.

Vintage black Jaguar front left side view

Black Jaguar E-Type shown in Black – Front-Left side view

Jaguar E-Type certainly did justice to the Jaguar name – its streamlined, sleek body, both feline and predatory truly resembled the big cat the company was named after. Much of this, however, goes to the credit of aircraft industry, as Malcolm Sayer, the chief designer of the E-Type originally came from Bristol Aeroplane Company and applied his experience and knowledge of aeronautics to the Jaguar cars he designed.

Blue vintage Convertible Jaguar side view

Blue Jaguar E-Type Covertible Side View

One of the many legends the creation of Jaguar E-Type has gathered over the years concerns Sayer himself. Allegedly, he kept his work secret, never discussed his attitude towards work or art, or, in fact, anything else. According to the story, Sayer’s working process was close to alchemy, as he would always work alone, usually crunching complex equations and mathematical problems before coming with the strange, curved car body designs. Reportedly, he learned the principles of aerodynamics from a German teacher he met in Baghdad after the WWII. While the story is most probably an urban legend, it also illustrates the impact of Jaguar E-Type.

Convertible red Jaguar view from the front

Jaguar E-Type Convertible Roadster in Red

Jaguar E-Type was lightweight, fast sports car with the legendary XK engine, 256 horsepower with a top speed of 150 mph and 60 mph acceleration in less than seven seconds. The car was produced in several versions until 1974 when it was succeeded by XJ-S.

 

 


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