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E-Type turns 60: Jaguar to celebrate with anniversary tribute edition in 2021

2020-08-13 13:30
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Jaguar E-type. Image: Motorpress

• 2021 will mark 60 years since the Jaguar E-Type made its debut at the 1961 Geneva motor show.

• To commemorate the achievement Jaguar's classic car arm will create six matched pairs of E-types called the the E-type 60 Collection.

• Each pair of 60 Edition models pay tribute to the oldest and famous E-types: '9600 HP' and '77 RW'

Next year the Jaguar E-Type will celebrate its 60th anniversary. To commemorate the achievement of the British sports car, the classic restoration arm of Jaguar will create six matched pairs of E-types called the the E-type 60 Collection.

Each pair of E-Type 60 Edition cars pay tribute to two of the oldest and most famous Jaguar E-types of all: '9600 HP' and '77 RW', which played pivotal roles in the unveiling of the car at its world debut in Geneva, Switzerland in March 1961.

The story of how the '9600 HP' car was driven 'flat out' from Coventry to Geneva the night before the launch at the Geneva motor show is fascinating. 

With only minutes to spare public relations manager Bob Berry arrived for demonstration drives.

The car is covered in a opalescent Gunmetal Grey hue and the 3.8-litre Fixed-Head Coupe registered '9600 HP' was one of the first two E-types unveiled to specially-invited guests at the Parc des Eaux Vives. 

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Image: Motorpress

The '77 RW's' journey from Coventry to Geneva is perhaps even better. The E-Type was more than well received by show goers and there was an overwhelming demand for drives with Berry. 

The second car was requested for and legendary Jaguar Test and Development Engineer Norman Dewis was told to 'drop everything' and drive a British Racing Green 3.8-litre roadster registered '77 RW' overnight to Geneva.

Both cars were also used for media road tests, which proved the car's sensational performance – including its 241km/h top speed – matched its jet aircraft-inspired lines honed in a wind tunnel by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.

For the 60th anniversary every E-type 60 Edition built by the team at Jaguar’s Classic Works facility in Warwickshire will be an existing 1960s 3.8-litre E-type fully-restored to exclusive 60th anniversary tribute specification. 

It will feature bespoke paint formulations exclusively reserved for the the E-type 60 Collection pair and will include one Flat Out Grey '9600 HP' coupe and one Drop Everything Green '77 RW' roadster. 

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Image: Motorpress

All the 60 Edition models will feature a number of 60th anniversary commemorative design details created in conjunction with Jaguar Design Director Julian Thomson. 

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