The History of the Jaguar XK-E
The Jaguar XK-E is one of the very few special cars that has managed to transcend its medium. It is not only a dream car for many enthusiasts but has also permeated many aspects of culture. Although many enthusiasts count it among the finest classic British sports cars ever produced, its run would only last from 1961 to 1973.
The Jaguar E-Type, also referred to as the Jaguar XK-E in the North American market, stands as a living testament to British automotive design. From stern to bow, Jaguar didn't miss an opportunity to sculpt some of the finest lines in automotive history. From every angle, the E-Type is iconic. The XK-E wasn't a shock to the automotive world when it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961. People had come to expect wonderful-looking cars from the upper-crust British manufacturer. That said, even though the Jaguar E-Type replaced the Jaguar D-Type – a tough act to follow, indeed – it was still heralded in its time as something truly special.
Rooted in history and inspired by the racing success of Jaguar's D-Type, which secured three consecutive victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting in 1955, the E-Type emerged as the next chapter of the legendary Jaguar aesthetic and design. This new design not only ushered in a new look for the company but also introduced a cutting-edge concept for its time - a front subframe seamlessly integrated with the engine, front suspension, and bodywork, eradicating the need for a traditional ladder frame chassis. The new design led to a remarkably lightweight contender for the track, with its earliest examples weighing only 1,315 kg (2,899 lbs).
What made the original Jaguar E-Type so special?
The Jaguar E-Type wasn't just a revolutionary beauty; Its status as an icon also relies on its exceptional performance. The original XK-E had a top speed of 150 miles per hour (240 km/h) and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in under 7 seconds. Not only did the E-Type house an exciting engine, but it also pioneered features like disc brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and independent front and rear suspension. Its launch on March 15, 1961, left an indelible mark, garnering praise and admiration in heaps. While the claim that Enzo Ferrari hailed it as "the most beautiful car ever made" remains legendary, its iconic status is unquestioned.
Beyond the automotive realm, the E-Type has etched its shape into the panes of popular culture in more ways than we can possibly quantify. The E-Type is an instantly recognizable symbol of fine test and status. Aside from countless appearances on TV, film, video games, art, literature, poetry, and any other kind of culture-building mediums we have, the Jaguar E-Type is indelibly woven into our culture and our hearts. It is for these many reasons that ECD Automotive Design takes such pride in the heritage of the Jaguar E-Type. And it is that pride that drives us to pour the same level of care, execution, and attention to detail into our revitalized versions of the most beautiful car ever made.
The timeless elegance of the Jaguar E-Type Coupe cannot be overstated. While offering modern convenience and comfort, the EDC Jaguar E-Type Coupes are masterpieces of vintage car restoration.
The interior and exterior of the car are largely based on factory design aesthetics but with modern amenities per ECD’s standards. With that in mind, every one of our vehicles is custom-built to your exact specifications. After selecting your body style, you will begin the design phase with our team to tailor the Jaguar restoration to your precise aesthetic specifications. Our expert craftspeople pay specific attention to every detail, ensuring that your Jaguar E-Type restoration retains its timeless elegance and unrivaled quality.
Our commitment to excellence extends beyond aesthetics. We harness the power of modern engineering and cutting-edge technologies to prioritize the performance and drivability of your Jaguar E-Type Coupe. You can choose between the tried-and-true 450-hp LT1 engine or the electrifying 450-hp electric drivetrain.
Starting at $299,995
The ECD Jaguar E-Type Roadster is peak class and sophistication. The Roadster is exhilarating and raw, like only a convertible sports car can be. Designing a Coupe versus designing a Roadster requires a specific approach. With this in mind, the design phase pairs you with specialized staff dedicated to learning and understanding your specific aesthetic preferences. This process allows us to customize every aspect of the Jaguar to align with your unique style and taste. From the exterior color and finishes to the interior upholstery and trims, we use only top-quality materials and employ expert skills to create a Jaguar restoration project that is wholly and uniquely yours. You can also build the Roadster with the LT1 or the electric powertrain.
Starting at $299,995
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