Jaguar Classic are to celebrate the iconic E-type’s 60th anniversary in 2021 by creating six matched pairs of cars dubbed the E-type 60 Collection. Each pair will pay tribute to two of the most famous E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ’77 RW’. Both of these cars had key roles when the model was unveiled at Geneva in March 1961.
‘9600 HP’ is an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe and was one of the first E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with just minutes to spare for demonstration drives!
The reaction to the E-type resulted in Berry being inundated for demonstration drives, and so legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to ‘drop everything’ and drive ‘77 RW’, a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster overnight to Geneva.
Each pair in the E-type 60 Collection includes one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars. Each E-type 60 Edition will also feature a number of commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.
Each of these E-types built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works will not be replicas, but rather they will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th-anniversary tribute specification.
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.”