Since the XK120 debuted in the late 1940’s, Jaguar had developed a knack at shocking the public at motor shows. The E-Type first appeared to a stunned public at the 1961 Geneva Auto Salon, earning praise from press, public and fellow automakers alike. Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons and his chief aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer paired up to design this new sports car, which was to replace the ageing XK150. The new car employed a semi-monocoque tub that utilized ingenious bolt-on front subframes to support the engine and independent front suspension, inspired by the LeMans winning D-Type. The rear was handled by the now ubiquitous modular independent rear suspension, pioneered on the Mk10. The E-type boasted four wheel disc brakes, torsion bar front suspension, and a 3.8 liter version of the XK’s twin-cam inline six pumping out a startling 265 horsepower. One of the only carry-overs from the XK150 was the durable Moss four-speed transmission.
This high tech chassis was wrapped in a gorgeous body that was quite unlike anything that had been seen before. Beautiful, curvaceous and with just the right amount of aggression, the E-Type was a smashing success from day one. Fascinatingly, co-des
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