Weekend Courier - - Driveway -

IMAG­INE be­ing able to buy a brand new Jaguar E-Type... well, al­most new any­way. Well now you can!

The first ex­am­ple of Jaguar's "re­born" E-Type has just made its de­but at the Techno-Clas­sica Essen show in Germany.

An ini­tial batch of 10 ex­pertly sourced and com­pre­hen­sively re­stored ex­am­ples of the iconic EType, priced from $A470,000, are now of­fered for sale di­rect from the new Jaguar Land Rover Clas­sic Works fa­cil­ity in the UK.

Ar­guably the sex­i­est car ever built, the Jaguar E-Type was launched at the Geneva Mo­tor Show in 1961 and was an in­stant hit.

Its sen­sa­tional jet air­craft-in­spired lines and 240km/h per­for­mance set a new bench­mark for high-per­for­mance mo­tor­ing in the ’60s. It was and re­mains one of the most iconic sports cars of its gen­er­a­tion.

Such was its pop­u­lar­ity, it at­tracted star own­ers such as Steve McQueen, Ge­orge Best, Jackie Ste­wart, Brigitte Bar­dot and Frank Si­na­tra.

Rac­ing ex­am­ples were suc­cess­fully cam­paigned by driv­ers in­clud­ing Gra­ham Hill, Jackie Ste­wart, Roy Sal­vadori and Briggs Cun­ning­ham.

The launch of E-Type Re­born is a first for Jaguar and ex­tends the suc­cess­ful ini­tia­tive that started with the Land Rover Se­ries I and Range Rover Clas­sic mod­els, which will also be on show at Essen. Chris Riley

'Re­born' E-Type Jaguars are now avail­able for the for­tu­nate few.

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