Jaguar E-Type 60 Edition Fresh Details Unveiled
The legendary Jaguar E-Type 60 edition is expected to return in limited numbers as the carmaker prepares to mark the 60th anniversary of the brand. Jaguar is expected to carry out a limited run of resto-mod E-types of ’60 Edition,’ based on the original coupé and drop-top.
Dan Pink, Jaguar Classic ‘s owner, said, “The Jaguar E-Type is a true icon, as stunning as it was unveiled in 1961, today. This is a testament to the advanced architecture and engineering of the E-Type that it can still be enjoyed and respected almost 60 years on, as passionately.
“The Jaguar E-Type 60 Collection is a lasting homage to admirers of the E-Type, celebrating the legacy of the car and the contributions of the team that produced it-many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly preserving, sustaining and enjoying the future for generations to come,” he said.
At its Warwickshire headquarters, Jaguar’s in-house Classic department will produce six matching pairs-coupés and drop-tops-of E-Types. Jaguar Classic is selling the model only in pairs. There’ll be no opportunity to buy a single edition. The carmaker has already purchased the 12 donor cars which will be used to produce the Jaguar E-Type 60 models.
Every pair of Jaguar E-Type 60 will be designed to pay tribute to the two cars used at the 1961 Geneva motor show for the model’s unveiling.
Each pair of E-Types will consist of a gray fixed-head coupé based on a prototype registered ‘9600 HP’ – the example-driven from Coventry to Switzerland the night before the E-Type was unveiled – and a green roadster.
The drop-top to fit ’77 RW’ is done. Following an unprecedented demand for passenger rides at the motor show, the ’77RW’ was driven overnight from the firm’s factory to Geneva by chief test driver Norman Dewis.
The specification of the bespoke 60 Edition includes specially formulated ‘Drop All Green’ and ‘Flat Out Grey’ paints (named after the story behind the launch of the car) as well as commemorative design features produced in collaboration with Jaguar design director Julian Thomson.
Both versions will be powered by a 3.8-liter straight-six engine with the original specification that produces about 223hp. When the E-Type was introduced, the first media road tests brought this powertrain to both 9600 HP and 77 RW to a top speed of 241kph.
The cars are available to order via direct communication with Jaguar Classic, beginning production in March 2021. The firm has not stated pricing, but since the Reborn 3.8-liter E-Type of Jaguar Classic comes with a price tag of about GBP 315,000, (Rs 3.07 crore approx) it can be predicted that the exclusive pair would cost around GBP 650,000 (Rs 6.34 crore approx).
The renovation project announcement comes just over a week after Jaguar celebrated what would have been Norman Dewis’ 100th birthday, who died in 2019, aged 98.
During his 33-year career with the company, including the Mk1 and XJ, Dewis played a central role in the development of many popular Jaguar sports cars as well as famous racers such as the prototype C-Type, D-Type, and XJ13.
Focusing on the Indian market, Jaguar is currently planning to re-introduce diesel engine options across its entire range of India models. The near-entire current line-up of the Jaguar Land Rover is comprised of petrol-only models. Only the Land Rover Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque with diesel engine options are being offered.
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