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1961 E Type Jaguar
In March 1961 E-type Jaguar was introduced to the public in the Geneva Motor Show, Switzerland. With a long engine hood and elegantly fluent aerodynamic lines that still today it turns heads wherever it cruises.
The 1961 E Type Jaguar body was inspired on the D-type competition model and the engine successor of the XK150 line. Jaguar engineer, Malcolm Sayer applied aerodynamic principles in its design.
The engine a 3.8 liter, 6 cylinder in-line with semi-split skirt pistons, double camshaft with 12 valves, triple SU carburetors delivering 265 hp at 5.400 rpm acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 7.1 seconds and with a top speed of 240 km/h. For braking power 4 discs installed, the 2 rear ones were inner brakes, (next to the differential).
The 1961 E-type Jaguar featured a monocoque body and a tubular front frame that houses the engine. Excellent handling performance for the time thanks to its new independent rear suspension.
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Centre-locking chromed wire spoke wheels where fitted and hub caps with 2 built in knocking “wings” or "ears" for tire removal and tightening that in later models these knocking “wings” were removed from the hub caps and a special tightening/loosening 3 “winged” special tool was supplied to fit the hub cap together with a wooden hammer.
The 1961 E Type Jaguar Moss´s 4 speed plus reverse gearbox has an unsynchronized first gear that needs a bit of practice in engaging. This Series 1 E-type Jaguar has external engine hood latches that in later models where moved inside.
Flat-floor underneath the pedals that gave limited foot room, later models had split level floor that increased foot space. Going in and out of the car itself required a bit of gymnastics, especially if you are over 1,80m tall, you could risk having the top windshield support in your view.
A wood steering wheel gave a classical sporting touch with toggle switches and Smiths instruments gives much information about the engine. Its weight to horsepower ratio was so great that if you were traveling at 100km/h on 4th gear and suddenly pressed the accelerator to the floor you would feel the long engine bonnet just rise and slowly level off for a couple of seconds.
Still Art Today
When Enzo Ferrari got around admiring the car he mentioned, "The most beautiful car ever made”. It´s not by chance that the 1961 E-type Jaguar has its place reserved in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The E-Type was a fast car with excellent performance, and very pricewise accessible, that at the time in comparison with the same type of cars from other makes that it was nicknamed the “poor man’s Ferrari”
The 3.8 engine is the most classical of all and it purrs like a cat at low revs and sounds like a true Jaguar at high revs. The 4.2 engine was introduced in 1964 and the 5.3 V12 in 1971. Production of the E-type came to an end in 1974 and the last car sold in 1975.
The Jaguar E-Type will always remain in history as one of the best cars ever built.