Last summer, Jaguar announced a special edition tribute E-Type to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the iconic sports car. The brand has just presented the first two fully restored cars.
Offered exclusively in six assorted pairs, each consisting of a coupe and a roadster, the Jaguar Type E 60 Collection celebrate the “9600 HP” coupe driven by Bob Berry of Coventry, UK, at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show for its world debut in March. The roadster celebrates the discoverable version “77 RW”, brought to the event for test drives the next day by Norman Dewis. The coupes are painted in “Flat Out Gray” over a “Smooth Black” leather interior, while the roadsters come in “Drop Everything Green” with a “Suede Green” leather cockpit. The shades were inspired by the colors of the 1961 models and will never be used by Jaguar again.
Fully restored by Jaguar Classic in Coventry, all cars have a unique metal engraving created by Johnny ‘King Nerd’ Dowell on the center console. In the coupe, there is a map of the route taken by Bob Berry, and what Sir William Lyons, the founder of the Jaguar, told him at the end of the trip: “I thought you would never get here”. Roadsters have the route taken by Norman Dewis and another quote from Lyons: “Drop everything and bring back the E-Type with an open top.”
A beautiful story for a good age
The Tribute Edition features the 1961-2021 commemorative logos, a modern infotainment system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth and hides under its hood a 6-cylinder 3.8-liter engine. It develops 265 horsepower and has an electric fan for cooling and electronic ignition for smooth everyday use. There is also a polished stainless steel exhaust that produces a pleasant sound to the hearing as well as a specially developed five-speed manual transmission that is supposed to offer more convenience and reliability.
Car cover, tool box and storage bags for jacks and all equipment are also provided. Jaguar did not disclose pricing, but given that they are sold in pairs with a roadster and a coupe, it is estimated that each batch could cost close to a million euros.