The infamous Jaguar E-Type.
Enzo Ferrari called it "One of the most beautiful cars ever made"...
I have always been a fan of the E-Type Jag, it's beauty and style, combined with competitive pricing and high performance made it an icon in the motoring world. There was a lot of things that made it special, things that differed it from other cars such as it's top speed of 150mph, 0 to 60 in just 7 seconds, disc brakes, and independent front and rear suspension distinguished the E-Type amongst others on the market.
The E-Type was based on the D-Type, a car that had won 24 Hours of Le Mans for three years running from 1955, and so the E-Type had a racing design principle, the front suspension and front bodywork were bolted directly to the body tub, the front subframe carried the engine, and there was no ladderframe chassis (which were common at the time)
The E-Type had 3 different concepts:
Series 1 E-Type (1961-1968)
The Series 1 was introduced in March 1961, at first sporting a six cylinder 3.8 litre Jaguar XK6 engine, which was later changed to a 4.2 litre engine, after the floors were edited to provide more leg room - before they were a flat floor design - and there were twin bonnet latches moved to inside the car, earlier versions had the bonnet to be opened using a tool. The 4.2 litre produced the same as the 3.8 litre which was 265bhp and the same top speed of 150mph, also both engines achieving 0 to 60 in 6.4 seconds.
Series 2 E-Type (1968-1971)
The series 2 was subject to a number of design changes due to US legislation, one of the most noticeable changes was the absence of glass headlight covers. Other changes were it had a wrap around rear bumper, the front indicators and tail lights were repositioned beneath the bumpers, new seats with adjustable head restraints (required by US law), a larger grille at the front which maximised cooling, twin electric fans and a downgrade in performance, horsepower was reduced from 265 to 246bhp. Sad times.
Series 3 E-Type (1971-1975)
The series 3 E-Type was introduced in 1971 with a new twelve cylinder 5.3 litre Jaguar v12 engine, they had uprated brakes and standard power steering. The new v12 engine was originally developed for Le Mans, which had more torque and went 0 to 60 in less than 7 seconds. This E-Type had a significantly longer wheelbase, allowing it more room in all directions, it has a large cross-slatted grille, flared wheel arches, and four exhaust tips.
We can all agree that the E-Type is one iconic British motor, even Hammond himself has one. I could only ever wish for one as they're so rare these days.