Jaguar E-Type: star back on the road

Jaguar E-Type: star back on the road

IMAGINE being able to buy a brand new Jaguar E-Type… well, almost new anyway.

Well now you can!

The first example of Jaguar’s “reborn” E-Type has just made its debut at the Techno-Classica Essen show in Germany.

An initial batch of 10 expertly sourced and comprehensively restored examples of the iconic E-Type, priced from $A470,000, are now offered for sale direct from the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.

Arguably the sexiest car ever built, the Jaguar E-Type was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961 and was an instant hit.

Its sensational jet aircraft-inspired lines and 240km/h performance set a new benchmark for high-performance motoring in the ’60s.

It was and remains one of the most iconic sports cars of its generation.

Such was its popularity, it attracted star owners such as Steve McQueen, George Best, Jackie Stewart, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra.

Racing examples were successfully campaigned by drivers including Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Roy Salvadori and Briggs Cunningham.

The launch of E-Type Reborn is a first for Jaguar and extends the successful initiative that started with the Land Rover Series I and Range Rover Classic models, which will also be on show at Essen.

Chris Riley