The 1961 Geneva Auto Salon marked the first appearance of Jaguar’s revolutionary E-Type before stunned audiences. The replacement for the ageing XK150, this advanced new car was designed by a small team led by Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons and his chief aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer. With lessons learned from the D-Type sports racing car, the new E-Type employed a semi-monocoque tub with ingenious bolt-on front subframes to support the engine and independent front suspension. The rear was handled by Jaguar’s clever modular independent rear suspension, pioneered on the Mk10. The E-type boasted four wheel disc brakes, torsion bar front end, and a 3.8 liter twin-cam inline six. This high tech chassis was wrapped in a gorgeous body that was quite unlike anything that had been seen before, equally beautiful as a coupe or two-seat roadster. Interestingly, co-designer Malcolm Sayer had no interest in making the car beautiful, his concern was that form would follow aerodynamic function. Ironically, the E-Type was not very aerodynamically efficient, but it was achingly beautiful. In 1965, Jaguar updated the E-Type for even better performance. The engine was bumped to 4.2 liters and 265 horse
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