The Jaguar E-Type was developed at the start of the 1960s. The E-Type is frequently named as one of Britain's most iconic cars. It was designed as a sportscar in two versions, a coupe and convertible. Jaguar designed a car that combined style and performance at an affordable price. Some 70,000 examples were sold world wide. The E-Type was unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show to great acclaim. Three production series were manufactured by Jaguar until 1975. The styling of the 1996 and 2006 Jaguar XK models is inspired by the E-Type.
During the 1950s Jaguar had great success at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Jaguar won five times with the C-Type and D-Type during the decade. In 1957 Jaguar used its racing experience to produce a road-going sports car. The first prototype was called the E1A. The second prototype, the E2A, was produced in 1960.
The production E-Type was unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show in March. A month later the E-Type was unveiled in New York. Sales of the E-Type starting in March 1961 were for export only. Customers in Britain had to wait until July.
The E-Type was originally produced as a 2-door coupe and 2-door convertible. A 2+2 version of the coupe was produced from 1966. In 1969 Jaguar produced the Series 2 with changes to the styling, performance and handling. Production of the Series 3 E-Type ran from 1971 to 1975. This introduced a larger V-12 engine and changes to the styling, most notably to the front end.
A total of 72,515 E-Types were produced. Today the E-Type is regarded as one of the world's most beautiful cars and is a popular sight in car museums and at car rallies.