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Jaguar E-Type Series 1

By: Eric J. Leech

The Jaguar E-Type could be said to be the Ferrari 250 GTO for the poor man. A new model cost just $5,595; back in the day, practically anyone could afford this little piece of heaven. In fact, it was actually the E-type that was said to have influenced the development of the 250 GTO. Rumor has it that the Ferrari sales manager, Girolamo Gardini, first caught a glance of the new Jaguar at the Geneva Motor show in March of 1961. Gardini returned to the factory running around frantically, screaming, “They are going to beat us with their GT.”

The Jaguar introduced a whole new species of sports car in 1961. The E-series came from a long line of racing D-Series Jaguars. What it offered its customers in terms of performance was a 4.2-liter dual overhead cam I-6 engine, independent rear suspension, and four-wheel disc brakes (You would have been hard pressed to find four-wheel disc brakes in the 80's, much less the 60's).

Cost Factor: $55,000 should get you in the club.

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