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Jaguar celebrates the E-Type’s 60th anniversary by restoring the first two models ever made

Available to order now, the six limited-edition matched pairs pay homage to the duo that kickstarted it all.

Enzo Ferrari once called it “the most beautiful car in the world”. Perhaps a tad hyperbolic, but the curves of the Jaguar E-Type certainly stood out when it was unveiled in 1961, an automotive era punctuated by boxy silhouettes and angular lines.

It wasn’t just for show too. While the E-Type was never meant for racing, it did emerge triumphant in a few races – notably at Goodwood, Silverstone and Brands Hatch, cementing its status as an automotive icon.

In the past six decades, Jaguar has revisited the E-Type multiple times. In 2017, it restored 10 Series 1 E-Types, called it Reborn and put them up for sale. A year later, Jaguar successfully electrified an E-Type and called it E-Type Zero. It was also put up for sale.

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Now, 60 years after the first E-Type, Jaguar is releasing six limited-edition matched pairs of restored 3.8 E-Type models. Each pair pays tribute to the two oldest and most famous E-Type sports cars: the 9600 HP and the 77 RW. The former was one of the first two E-Type cars to be unveiled to specially invited guests at the Restaurant du Parc des Eaux Vives in Geneva, driven flat out from its home base of Coventry the night before by public relations manager Bob Berry and arriving with only minutes to spare for demonstration drives.

The original Jaguar E-Type 9600 HP.

The original Jaguar E-Type 9600 HP.

The latter also had a similar story. Due to the overwhelming demand for test drives with Berry, Jaguar told test and development engineer Norman Dewis to “drop everything” and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster that was registered as 77 RW to Geneva.

The modern 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. The cars will also feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details.

The Jaguar E-Type 77 RW that joined the unveiling due to demand.

The Jaguar E-Type 77 RW that joined the unveiling due to demand.

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The collection is available to order now, so if you’re an automotive enthusiast (or a savvy investor looking to diversify into other asset classes), you’d best give your Jaguar dealer a call right now.