The company is offering customers six pairs of restored cars.
Jaguar has announced plans to celebrate the E-Type's 60th birthday next year with six matched pairs of restored E-Types. The cars, which will be prepared by Jaguar’s in-house restoration team, Jaguar Classic, will pay tribute to two of the most famous E-Types ever made: 9600 HP and 77 RW.
Identified by their number plates, the cars played key roles in the launch of the E-Type, with coupe 9600 HP driven from Coventry to Switzerland just in time for demonstration drives at Geneva’s Parc des Eaux Vives. The demand for drives was so great that Jaguar’s legendary test driver Norman Dewis was told to drive a convertible version – 77 RW – to Switzerland overnight.
Those two cars will be honored as part of the E-Type 60 Collection, which will see each of the six pairs comprise a "9600 HP" Coupe and a "77 RW" Roadster. All 12 vehicles will be based on existing 1960s 3.8-liter E-Types, but the restoration will take the cars to "tribute specification."
As part of that, the 9600 HP Coupes will come in Flat Out Grey – in reference to the speed at which public relations manager Bob Berry had to drive the car to Geneva. The 77 RW Roadsters, meanwhile, will come in Drop Everything Green, which references the instruction given to Norman Dewis ahead of his epic overnight journey. Both paints will be exclusively formulated for the cars.
Each E-Type 60 Edition will also come with a number of as-yet-undisclosed "60th anniversary commemorative design details." Although the company is tight-lipped as to what these tweaks may be, the firm has said they will be created with the help of Jaguar design director Julian Thomson.
The cars will be built at Jaguar Classic’s base in Warwickshire, where the division provides maintenance and restoration for old Jags. There, the company provides vehicle health checks and sympathetic upgrades, as well as full restoration to ‘Reborn’ specification, which sees cars returned to as-new condition.
"The Jaguar E-Type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961," said Dan Pink, the director of Jaguar Classic. "It’s testament to the E-Type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on.
"The E-Type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-Type admirers, honoring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come."
Gallery: Jaguar E-Type 60 Edition cars
JAGUAR CLASSIC WILL CELEBRATE 60 YEARS OF E-TYPE IN 2021 WITH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE EDITION
In March 2021 Jaguar will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic E-type
Jaguar Classic is creating six limited-edition matched pairs of restored 3.8 E-types
E-type 60 Edition specification includes commemorative detailing and exclusive paint colours, paying tribute to two of the most famous examples: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’
The E-type 60 Collection is available to order now. Customers interested in this unrepeatable opportunity should contact Jaguar Classic directly: www.jaguar.com/classic, +44 (0) 2476 566 600, firstname.lastname@example.org
For regular updates from Jaguar Classic, including the progress of the E-type 60 Collection, follow the new official @Jaguar.Classic account on Instagram
Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Warwickshire, UK – 12 August 2020: Jaguar Classic will create six matched pairs of E-types to celebrate the iconic sports car’s 60th anniversary in 2021: the E-type 60 Collection.
Each pair of E-type 60 Edition cars pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: ‘9600 HP’ and ‘77 RW’, which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.
An Opalescent Gunmetal Grey 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered ‘9600 HP’ was one of the first two E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. Driven ‘flat out’ to Switzerland from Coventry the night before the launch, public relations manager Bob Berry arrived with minutes to spare for demonstration drives.
With an outstanding reaction to the E-type resulting in overwhelming demand for drives with Berry, legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to ‘drop everything’ and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered ‘77 RW’ overnight from Coventry to Geneva.
Both cars were also used for media road tests, which proved the car’s sensational performance – including its 150mph top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.
Every E-type 60 Edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification.
Each E-type 60 Collection pair will include one Flat Out Grey ‘9600 HP’ coupe and one Drop Everything Green ‘77 RW’ roadster, with unique paint formulations exclusively reserved for these cars. Each E-type 60 Edition will feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson.
Synonymous with the revolutionary zeitgeist of the Swinging Sixties, E-types were owned by celebrities including Steve McQueen, Brigitte Bardot, Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Tony Curtis and Britt Ekland. And, thanks to the beauty of its sculptural forms, its functionality and its impact on design, an E-type became only the third car to join The Museum of Modern Art’s design collection in 1996.
Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic, said: “The Jaguar E-type is a genuine icon, as sensational today as the moment it was unveiled in 1961. It’s testament to the E-type’s advanced design and engineering that it can still be enjoyed and admired as passionately almost 60 years on.
“The E-type 60 Collection is a lasting tribute for E-type admirers, honouring the car’s legacy and the achievements of the team that created it – many of whom have descendants working for Jaguar Classic today, expertly restoring, maintaining and future-proofing enjoyment for generations to come.”
Jaguar Classic is the world’s number one source of genuine parts and owner services for the E-type – from health-checks and sympathetic upgrades to restoring expertly selected examples to ‘Reborn’ specification, meticulously returning them to as-new condition.
For more information on the full range of cars, services, parts and experiences offered by Jaguar Classic, visit: www.jaguar.com/classic
For regular updates from Jaguar Classic, including the progress of the E-type 60 Collection, follow the new official @Jaguar.Classic account on Instagram.
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