In 2021 the iconic Jaguar E-type will be commemorating its 60th birthday. Not surprisingly, the E-type Club are planning an exciting weekend of celebrations and are keen that owners and enthusiasts everywhere save the date.
[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he venue, where there will be plenty of track action, is Shelsley Walsh Hillclimb in The Midlands. The E-type Hall of Fame will include 9600 HP, the original Geneva launch press car, heading up an array of amazing E-types from around the world. The theme is Swinging Sixties — cars, music and fashion.
The Jaguar E-type was launched in March 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show. Owners included George Harrison, Mick Jagger, George Best, Frank Sinatra, Sir Jackie Stewart, Bruce McLaren, The Duke of Kent, Charlton Heston, Peter Sellers, Tony Curtis, Princess Grace and Johnny Hallyday. Production totalled 72,520, of which 83% were exported. The E-type was a 150mph sports car for a fraction of the price (£2,097) of Ferraris and Aston Martins. The XK engine powered Jaguar to five Le Mans wins in the ’50s. Enzo Ferrari described it as ‘the most beautiful car in the world’.
The Jaguar E-type Club was formed in 2005 by author, publisher and E-type collector Philip Porter and his wife Julie. The Club has over 1,600 active members in more than 50 countries. Porter’s 300,000-word book Jaguar E-type — The Definitive History was voted ‘Motoring Book of the Year’ and ‘Motoring Book of the Decade’. His E-type Roadster, which appeared in the film The Italian Job, cost him just £600 in 1977.