The car that Enzo Ferrari himself proclaimed to be the most beautiful in the world was first unveiled at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show and today still rates so highly as a shape that there’s an example of the car on permanent display at Moma in New York City. Taking many of its design cues from Jaguar’s D-Type Le Mans racer of the time, the E-Type’s designer, Malcolm Sayer, was tasked with making the car appeal mainly to the US market. He succeeded. Instantly recognisable thanks to its long, sculpted nose and set-back glasshouse, the E-Type backed up its alluring looks with some genuine under-the-skin prowess, including an independent rear suspension, harnessed by Jaguar on racetracks around Europe. Lauded for their relative affordability, around 70 000 E-Types were sold over a 14-year period of production. Famous owners included George Harrison, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra.
THIS 1962 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES 1 DHC IS ON DISPLAY AT THE FRANSCHHOEK MOTOR MUSEUM.