On March 15, Jaguar will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic E-type, which was an instant sensation from launch and synonymous with the Swinging Sixties
Jaguar Classic is creating six limited-edition matched pairs of restored 3.8 E-type sports cars inspired by the iconic “9600 HP” and “77 RW” examples from the 1961 Geneva launch – each pair known as the E-type 60 Collection
Six “9600 HP”-inspired E-type 60 Edition fixed-head coupes are finished in unique Flat Out Grey paintwork with Smooth Black leather interior and 1961 tribute details
Six E-type 60 Edition roadsters mirror “77 RW” with unique Drop Everything Green paintwork and a Suede Green leather interior and 1961 tribute details
Bespoke design elements include a commemorative E-type 60 logo, which adorns the hood badge, fuel cap, chassis plate and clock face in the tachometer developed in conjunction with Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director
Custom-designed engraved center consoles by artist King Nerd celebrate the epic road trips undertaken by Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis and publicist Bob Berry to get the sports cars to the 1961 launch
Each E-type 60 Edition features a specially developed, close-ratio five-speed manual gearbox, mated to the 3.8-liter inline six-cylinder Jaguar XK engine
Subtle enhancements for added usability include the Jaguar Classic Infotainment System with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, stainless steel exhaust system, electronic ignition and cooling upgrade with alloy radiator
Jaguar Classic has unveiled its first matched pair of E-type 60 Collection vehicles, and revealed full specification details for the 12 restored and sympathetically uprated 3.8-liter E-type examples built to celebrate 60 years of the iconic sports car.
Six decades after the world debut of the E-type in Geneva, Switzerland on March 15, 1961, the E-type 60 Collection pays tribute to these two legendary vehicles: the Opalescent Gunmetal Grey coupe ”9600 HP,” driven by publicist Bob Berry to make the launch itself, and the British Racing Green roadster “77 RW,” driven by Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis who was told to “drop everything” to get to Geneva the next day.
Sixty years after its unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, the talented team at Jaguar Classic are releasing the ultimate birthday present to the E-type: the E-type 60 Collection. The attention to detail demonstrates how this project has been a labor of love for our designers, engineers, craftspeople and partners. Exquisite detailing combined with enhanced usability ensure these E-type vehicles will be coveted and enjoyed for decades to come by their discerning owners, starting with a once-in-a-lifetime Coventry to Geneva pilgrimage for our six customers and their guests in Summer 2022.
Director, Jaguar Classic
The E-type 60 Collection vehicles, which are sold as a pair (one E-type 60 Edition coupe, one E-type 60 Edition roadster) are finished in exclusive Flat Out Grey and Drop Everything Green paint colors, respectively. These color formulations are inspired by the original 1961 colors and will not be used on any other Jaguar vehicle. Restored and refined by the experts at Jaguar Classic in Coventry, the E-type 60 Collection vehicles combine flawless quality and exceptional engineering know-how.
The most significant mechanical upgrade is a specially developed, five-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh, helical cut gears, and a reinforced cast aluminum casing designed to deliver enhanced reliability and greater durability, as well as closer gear ratios and smoother gear changes. The 265hp, 3.8-liter six-cylinder XK engine benefits from an authentic, 1961-style alloy radiator, with electric cooling fan and electronic ignition for everyday usability, as well as a polished stainless-steel exhaust system. This new exhaust system is dimensionally identical to the standard mild steel system but produces a slightly deeper tone and offers greater longevity.
The vehicles also feature a range of unique E-type 60 design elements developed in conjunction with Julian Thomson, Jaguar Design Director, subtle enhancements for improved usability and drivability, and the Jaguar Classic Infotainment System with built-in satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. The most distinctive visual highlight on each vehicle is an engraving by artist and designer Johnny Dowell, aka “King Nerd,” on the center console of each car, recalling the drive routes from Coventry to Geneva of those original vehicles. Each piece of art takes more than 100 hours to create by hand, in consultation with the owner.
“This was a fantastic opportunity to design and engrave the stories of two epic drives by two Jaguar legends in these iconic and special cars,” Dowell said. “A permanent reminder of the anniversary, everywhere these E-type vehicles go, the memory of Bob Berry and Norman Dewis will travel with them.”
Each Smooth Black leather-trimmed coupe features a stylized route map plotting the key locations along the route taken by Bob Berry, with an overhead sketch of the
E-type and the phrase, “I thought you’d never get here,” recalling the reaction of Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons to the arrival of Berry just moments before the unveiling.
For the six Suede Green leather-trimmed roadsters, the engraving tracks the route taken by Dewis on his last-minute drive to Switzerland, with a sketch of the vehicle and an instruction by Lyons to Dewis: “Drop everything and bring the open top E-type over.”
In addition to the center console, the hood badge, clock face within the tachometer, fuel cap and chassis plate are all finished with a commemorative E-type 60 logo created by Jaguar Design, featuring the years “1961-2021.” A light beech-rimmed steering wheel, as fitted to 1961 vehicles, features a 24-carat gold horn button. Each vehicle is supplied with a tailor-made E-type 60 car cover, tool roll and jack storage bags to complete the enhancements and exemplify the attention to detail lavished on each vehicle.
In Summer 2022, the six customers and their guests will take part in the ultimate E-type pilgrimage: a Coventry-to-Geneva drive experience with their vehicles to create their own E-type memories, enjoying breath-taking scenery, epic roads – including iconic Alpine passes – exclusive stays and fine cuisine throughout the trip.