As the iconic Jaguar E-Type celebrates its 60th anniversary, it has been dubbed a “icon” of the 1960s.
According to an expert, the Jaguar E-TYPE is a 1960s “classic” and one of the few models that has managed to “transcend metal and four wheels.”
The E-Type was one of just a “few cars” that non-car fanatics enjoyed looking at, according to Gaynor Cauter, Editor of Jaguar Drivers Magazine. When it originally debuted, she described the model as “something out of the space era” and an automobile that “people would aspire to.”
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar E-introduction Type’s in 1961.
The London Classic Car Show had a special commemoration for the model last weekend, with a variety of previous vehicles on show.
Ms Cauter, who assisted in the assembly of the show, described the model as unique in that it had “remained in the public imagination” all these years.
“I think the E-Type is one of those few automobiles that people who know nothing about cars know what an E-Type is,” she told This website.
“I know people who have no interest in vehicles at all, but when I tell them I have an E-Type Jaguar, they reply, ‘Ah, I know what an E-Type looks like.’
“It’s impossible to overstate the impact the E-type had when it was first introduced. It was dubbed “the most beautiful car in the world” by Enzo Ferrari in 1961.
“You have to remember that when they unveiled that car in Geneva in March 1961, the prior was the XK150, which was an old fashioned 1950s sportscar.
“The E-Type looked like a rocket ship, something out of the space age, nothing like it had ever been seen before.
“It was offered for a very reasonable £2,000,” says the author.
“It cost one-third as much as an Aston Martin or a Ferrari.
“It was an automobile that a lot of people might dream of owning. It just took off in the swinging sixties.”
“It was a true emblem of the swinging sixties, and it has lasted in the popular imagination,” she continued.
“It was more than a vehicle. It was more than just four wheels and metal. It was an unmistakable symbol of the 1960s.”
A list of former E-Type clients, including musicians George Harrison and Frank Sinatra, demonstrates this.
Actors Peter Sellers and Charles Heston, as well as footballer George Best, had E-Types in their garages.
“Brinkwire Summary News” featured it.