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Jaguar E-Type - Best classic sports cars

Enzo Ferrari called the Jaguar E-Type the most beautiful car ever when new. Half a century hasn't jaded the looks!

To understand the impact of the Jaguar E-Type’s arrival in 1961, you’ve only to think back to the cars most people were driving at the time. The impossibly glamorous E-Type launched into a sea of Austin A40s, Morris 1000s and Ford Populars, bringing incredibly sexy styling, the promise of a 150mph top speed, and even a price that looked attainable – well, almost – to the average driver.

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Famously described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever made, the original 3.8-litre straight-six cars were followed by 4.2-litre versions and finally Jaguar’s famous 5.3-litre V12. The design evolved through Marks 1, 2 and 3, and the E-Type was finally discontinued in 1975 to make way for the Jaguar XJ-S. There was an open roadster, a closed coupe and a 2+ 2 coupe, and today the values of early Mk1 E-Types are far higher than later models which are less desired by purists.

The E-Type was ahead of its time for its technology as well as its styling, offering supple independent suspension all round, direct rack and pinion steering and disc brakes. As a result, getting behind the wheel of any E-Type is a treat even today, and it’s no surprise the car has won all sorts of awards naming it the most beautiful and significant classic sports car of its era.

  1. 1. Jaguar E-Type
  2. 2. MGB
  3. 3. Ferrari 250 GT
  4. 4. AC Cobra
  5. 5. Porsche 911
  6. 6. Ferrari Daytona
  7. 7. BMW 507
  8. 8. Lotus Seven
  9. 9. Austin-Healey 3000
  10. 10. Sunbeam Alpine
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