From the early 1960s up to the mid 1970s Jaguar manufactured a very elegant and nifty car called the Jaguar XK-E (also known as the Jaguar E-Type). Succeeding the XK150, the XK-E made it’s mark right from the start and to this day is considered an icon of 1960s motoring. It has ranked first in many “most beautiful cars” lists and is one of the most desired cars ever manufactured.
It is easy to see that the Jaguar XK-E was sired directly from the Jaguar D-Type, which had won the world’s most prestigious sports-car races of that time. This would make it one of the very first true hybrid sports and everyday cars that gave the luxury car market a whole new angle. Speed and performance were factored in along with elegancy, comfort and beautiful design.
The XK-E was designed and engineered by Malcolm Gilbert Sayer. Born in 1916 (in Cromer, Norfolk) he spent a total of twenty years of his life working at Jaguar (Making the E-Type his most notable work). The unusual combination of his love for Mathematics and Art led him to design his the Jaguar XK-E. Sayers vision was to build a aero dynamical and mathematically perfect car. He not only did that, but he also scientifically produced timeless art.
The influence Malcolm Sayer had to car design and engineering can still be seen on todays Jaguars and many other kinds of cars.
The E-Type is the most beatiful car ever made
It was first shown to the public in Switzerland at the Geneva Motorshow in 1961. At said motor show, Enzo Ferrari, the founder of the sports car manufacturer Ferrari is thought to have called it: “The most beautiful car ever made”. For any car enthusiast it was clear that the Jaguar XK-E would become one of the most important cars ever made, and people already predicted the iconic status the car would once have.
The Jaguar XKE was produced in 3 series over a span of 13 years. There were a total of 72’000 cars manufactured over the years (more than half of them being Series 1) which makes them quite rare and desired. The value of Jaguar XK-E models keeps rising year for year and todays value for a “lightweight” E-Type model would be in the range of $ 1’500’000.
Not all Jaguar XK-E models are that expensive. There are some models even starting at $ 10’000 – $ 15’000. Before making any purchase be sure to read our buyers guide on the Jaguar XK-E for sale page.
Jaguar XK-E in motor racing
THe XK-E wasn’t primarily built for competing at motor racing. It was the perfect combination between a LeMans race car’s performance and an everyday car – taming the racer for the road.
Not only was it one of the most beautiful cars of its era (many still consider it to be the most beautiful cars ever) but it was also designed for high performance. The Jaguar Lightweight E-Type and Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe have a record of winning lots of motor racing competitions and were known to have been very competitive racing cars for their time.
With the switch to the third series of the Jaguar XK-E, the 5.3 litre V12 engine was introduced which had given the machine even more power under its hood. This upgrade from the previous version set new standards in engine performance. It would do 0-60 in an impressive 6.8 seconds. Even more impressive was the available reservoir of torque. In any gear, at virtually any driving speed the V12 ensured instant power to pass, leaving congestion in the rear-view mirror. With it’s logical design and perfect balance there were no other cars close to the Jag.