When in March 1961 Bob Berry drove one of the first Jaguar E-Types across the streets of Germany in the direction of Geneva in a "cloak-and-dagger" operation, no one suspected that this would be the beginning of one of the greatest automotive success stories that still persists, 60 years later.
Born out of a cool mathematical calculation based on the aerodynamics of its predecessor, he was soon described as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever built by one of the biggest racing car manufacturers, Enzo Ferrari. 21 years after the end of production, a steel-blue E-Type Roadster even become as a style icon in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Somebody should say math doesn't make sexy. When in June 1973, after 12 years of construction, the last E-Type rolled off the production line in the third generation to make way for its successor, the Jaguar XJS, more than 70.000 units had been produced. That made it the most popular sports car of its time. Over the years, the E-Type developed from a crisp 6 cylinder speedster into a cruising 12 cylinder gentleman racer. During this time, due to new safety regulations, especially in the US, the export country number 1, he had to accept visual changes that mostly didn’t look good on him, but his british character didn’t affect.
Even today, after 60 years, he is still present, either with an electric drive on a royal wedding or as a limited new edition in 2021 directly from Jaguar Ltd. There is only one thing left to say - Happy Birthday E-Type, for the next 60 years.