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Jaguar E-Type The Jaguar E-Type, which was unveiled to the world at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961, is arguably the most famous and beautiful production car of all time. Throughout its 13 year history the car was always sold in both roadster and fixed head coupe form and, unusually, the coupe is considered by many to be the more attractive version. The E-Type was of complex and strong monocoque construction with a triangulated front subframe and all independent suspension (wishbone and torsion bar at the front developed from the racing DTypes and a superbly balanced system at the rear utilising coil spring/shock absorber units mounted in a cage together with the axle, drive shafts and inboard brakes). The car had disc brakes all round and rack and pinion steering. The first E-Types used the 3.8 litre version of the XK six cylinder engine as fitted to the XK150 fuelled by three two inch SU carburettors. Jaguar claimed a power output of 265 bhp. The XK's four speed Moss gearbox and Borg and Beck clutch were also used in the new car.

Jaguar’s E-Type is arguably the most famous and beautiful production car of all time.


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The dashboard layout followed the style of the Mark II saloon which had been launched in late 1959 and the basic layout continued in all new Jaguars up to and including the Series One XJ6. The middle area of the dashboard and the centre console were finished in alloy. The speedometer and rev counter were positioned directly ahead of the driver behind an attractive slimline wooden steering wheel. Water, fuel, oil and amperage gauges were located in the middle of the dash. Trim was stylishly restrained and the occupants sat in leather bucket seats. Heeding complaints from customers and dealers, the car received modifications and upgrades throughout its production life. All but the very earliest cars were fitted with water deflector shields for the front axle carrier and internal bonnet release catches (the first cars had an externally accessed lock operated by a T-bar) and in 1962 the floor pan was altered to accommodate taller drivers. Cars manufactured before this modification subsequently became known as 'flat floor' E-Types. Further changes included a self adjusting handbrake in October 1961, a one piece forged steering column in 1962 and thicker brake discs and new calipers in 1963. then in 1964 a torquier 4.2 litre version of the engine replaced the 3.8 together with a number of other changes which updated the car and helped it maintained its place at the top of the sports car ratings.

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These included a Jaguar designed all synchro gearbox, twin petrol pumps, Lucas alternator, pre-engaged starter and more comfortable seats (the centre area of the dashboard was covered in black vinyl on later 3.8 cars and this continued on the new 4.2). In 1966 Jaguar brought out a 2+2 version of the car to expand its appeal, particularly in the USA. The floorpan was stretched by nine inches to accommodate rear seating, the doors were lengthened and the roofline was raised by two inches. The exercise was a stylistic and sales success, making the E-Type an option for people needing to carry more than one passenger. Another significant event in 1966 was Jaguar's merger with BMC and Pressed Steel to form British Motor Holdings Ltd. This in turn led to the company becoming part of British Leyland when Leyland effectively took BMH over at the beginning of 1968. Late in 1967 the flared triplex headlight covers were dropped and rocker switches replaced the toggle switches on the dashboard. There was also a new radiator and an extra cooling fan. Cars with these amendments later became known as Series One-and-a-half models because in October 1968, the Series 2 was announced. Most of the new model's modifications and revisions were designed to meet increasingly stringent American safety legislation.

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The cars had wider mouthed bonnets, larger bumpers, more powerful wiper motors, twin reversing lights, repositioned sidelights and indicators and the headlights were moved forwards by two inches. Power steering was introduced as an optional extra and the windscreen was changed on 2+2 cars to a more curved version with an increased rake angle. During 1969 new camshafts were fitted for quieter running and other changes included door armrests, a steering column lock and a gas filled bonnet stay. In 1970 non-eared safety hub caps were fitted and disc wheels were introduced as an option. In 1971 Jaguar adapted the E-Type again, this time to shoehorn its new 5.3 litre V12 engine into the car to give it a final lease of life as the Series Three. The new model adopted the lengthened 2+2 floorpan for all variants The track was widened by more than four inches and steel wheels became standard. Further modifications and changes included the further widening of the car's bonnet mouth, the adoption of a radiator grille, a new steering wheel, lowered floor to increase legroom, power steering as standard and a collapsible steering wheel. An automatic gearbox, which had been introduced at the launch of the 2+2, was made available for the new 5.3 litre roadster.

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The E-Type continued to be refined and improved but industrial disputes disrupted manufacturing a number of times and by 1974 being part of British Leyland was having a detrimental effect on Jaguar's image. US legislation and the oil crises of the time also hit sales hard. A combination of these factors, together with the fact the car was essentially 13 years old, brought about the decision to end production in September of that year.

Summer Wine Classic Car Hire’s Jaguar E-Type is available for hire from £172 per day. If you have any questions or would like to check availability call Richard Skelton or Loretta Catlow on 01484 688 244 or email info@swcch.co.uk.

* Based on 7 day hire rate. Single day hire rate £245 per day.

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