After Jaguar’s racing success throughout the 1950s, their racing department was given the brief of using the three-time Le Mans winning D-type’s construction approaches to build a road-going sports car to replace the XK150.
The result was the E-Type. Introduced to a stunned world in March 1961 at the Geneva motor show, its racing heritage was clear. The shape and many of its structural features were direct adaptations of the D-type Le Mans racers, yet this was a car designed and built for the road and at a price that left its competitors at Aston Martin and Ferrari in near despair. The E-Type was destined to have a fourteen-year production life over a variety of models and with numerous mechanical and trim changes.