It was fifty years ago that the Jaguar E-Type set the world of sports cars on its head. The 150-mph Jaguar was a stunning, timeless design still celebrated today. In addition to hosting commemorative events at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Jaguar has released this video showcasing the E-Type’s heritage.
The short flick provides background on the design and specifications of the E-Type, as well as vintage film of the car’s debut (even the E1A prototype makes an appearance) and marketing materials. Whereas today most people only get to see E-Types on pedestals in museums, this video shows the car driving through 1960s Europe. It also delves into Jaguar’s involvement in racing, with footage of E-Types on various circuits around the world.
With nearly 70,000 copies built during its 14 years of production, Jaguar considers the E-Type to be the world’s first mass-produced sports car. It launched in 1961 with a 3.8-liter inline-six engine producing 265 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.