Project Description

Elisabeth – 1966 Jaguar E-type Roadster

One of the best looking “grand-tourer”

The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a rear-wheel drive grand tourer in two-seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as a two-seater convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). A “2+2” four-seater version of the coupé, with a lengthened wheelbase, was released several years later.

Series I E-Type

The Series I E-Type is undeniably cool and widely regarded as one of the most important automobiles ever made.Unlike other cars which take time to earn the appreciation of enthusiasts, the E-Type received instantaneous acclaim from its 1961 Geneva Motor Show debut.

Aside from its undeniable good looks, E-Type lust is also attributed to state-of-the-art engineering and competitive pricing in the market – the ultimate trifecta.  Derived from Jaguar’s racing success at the time were features like front and rear independent suspension, rear inboard disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, and a superb twin cam engine.  At its launch, you could get all of this for less money than the the outgoing Jaguar XK150.

The man behind the E-Type was Malcolm Sayer, an expert mathematician who was far ahead of his time incorporating advanced scientific methods into the design process.  Unlike the more flamboyant Italian designers, his association with the design of the car was arguably more understated even though the E-Type was an instant hit.  While the car’s beauty shocked the industry and the world upon its unveiling, it should have come as no surprise considering Sayer’s previous design triumphs: the stunning Jaguar C-Type and D-Type.

Our car

This 4.2L OTS example was previously owned by a collector in the US and had a full restoration around the early 2000’s. It is a gentleman’s car, an achingly beautiful grand tourer, perfect for a week-end drive to your preferred chateau-hotel to indulge in a spot of good life.

Base day: 150 points
Permanent collection
Engine: 4.2L Inline-6 with 3 SUs
Power: 220 HP
Transmission: 4 speed manual
Weight: 1250 kgs
Seating: 2
Rear belts: No

Photos 1, 2, 3 and 4 by Fares Hammoud.