Jaguar’s revolutionary E-Type first appeared to a stunned public at the 1961 Geneva Auto Salon. Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons and his chief aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer paired up to design the new sports car, meant 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. The rear was handled by an ingenious modular independent rear suspension, pioneered on the Mk10. The E-type boasted four wheel disc brakes, torsion bar front suspension, and initially a 3.8 liter version of the XK’s twin-cam inline six. 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. Amazingly, co-designer Malcolm Sayer had no interest in making the car beautiful. He was more interested in aerodynamics and applying his theories toward a functional design. Ironically, the E-Type was not all that aerodynamically efficient, but it was achingly beautiful. In 1965, Jaguar performed some updates to make the E-Type an even better
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