British sports car. A motoring icon. The Jaguar E-Type or, as it is better known in the States, the Jaguar XK-E quickly became a legend thanks to its beauty, high performance and good pricing.
Jaguar E-Type Performance
Production started in 1961 and the obscenely powerful E-Type took the world by storm. Its engines included the 3.8 liter and 4.2 liter variations, as well as the series 3, 5.3 liter V12 engine that produced 272 bhp and a whopping 384 Nm of torque (that’s 283 lb-ft in crazy units). The latter engine could accelerate the British sports car from 0-100 (0-62mph) well under 7 seconds and would keep pulling up to a top speed of 150 mph.
It would still give today’s sports cars a run for their money and that was in an era when most cars had drum brakes, live axles and staggered along the road with rather underwhelming performance. British insanity at its finest.
Now I just happen to have one in my backyard. I really couldn’t contain the excitement that took over me as I saw the car for the first time. This example, Jaguar E-Type cabriolet, is being renovated again thanks to an amazingly bad bodywork.
It’s like watching an episode of Botched, where a very nice looking lady gets a bit old and decides to go under the knife with charlatans. So now problems with the roof need to be fixed and that revealed a whole world of pain. Even though it will take quite a bit of work, I know the Jag will come back better than ever. Check out the rest of the photos below.