1961 Jaguar E-Type

Easily one of the best, and most famous sports car of the 60s, the 1961 Jaguar E-Type is in a class of its own. Available either as a coupe or as a very sexy convertible, the E-Type had a smooth, sensual styling that complemented perfectly its extremely worthy road performance. More than just good looks though, the E-Type was built on an extremely stiff monocoque chassis that did it proud in various road races. It featured all-around disc brakes, an independent suspension and more: the performance and the style combined perfectly to give Jaguar a surprise, spectacular hit. For several years, they sold every car they produced, with long waiting lists at dealerships.

1961 Jaguar E-Type
1961 Jaguar E-Type

The original E-Type was powered by the aging straight-six, 3.8-liter XK engine, which despite its age providing barn-storming performance, with 265 horsepower under the hood. The E-Type could reach a top speed of 150 miles per hour, and do the 0-60 in 7.1 seconds. Power was routed to the rear wheels through a four-speed manual transmission, or for those that just wanted to enjoy looking good, a three-speed automatic.

Of course, all good things must end, and with the E-Type, it came as the car was fitted with a V12; all powerful that it was, it denatured the smooth lines of the car, which became a caricature of its former self. The 1961 Jaguar E-Type is an iconic, legendary car that deserved better.

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