The Birth of a Legend
The preview of the Jaguar E-Type took place on the eve of its official launch on 15 March 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show at the beautiful Parc des Eaux Vives restaurant on the shores of Lake Geneva. All invited motorsport journalists and racing drivers were in an excited mood until the crowd fell silent as the wooden cover rose above the long-awaited E-Type. After a period of amazement and silence, a loud applause full of enthusiasm sounded which continues to this day.
But the history of the Jaguar E-Type began seven years before its presentation at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. The Jaguar D-Type, designed for the race track, anticipated some design features of the E-Type that followed. The eye-catching design of the Jaguar E-Type reveals many parallels to the appearance of the D-Type. Both sports cars have a remarkably long bonnet and a tapered rear end, which provide aerodynamic advantages on the race track and a cheeky appearance.