The Jaguar E-type is one of the most recognisable sports cars today, more than four decades after production ceased. Designed by Malcolm Sayer, the E-type was introduced to a stunned media audience at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, and it immediately rendered all other sports cars inferior and outdated.
The E-type not only set new standards in design but also in the all-important performance stakes, as the decade of the ‘60s saw in a new generation of super sports cars. However, it was the affordability of the E-type which endeared it to the car-buying public as this high-performance sports car came within the financial reach of a greater number of potential buyers than ever before.
This book illustrates how the beautifully designed E-type was actually developed from the line of Jaguar racing cars, rather than following an evolutionary path from the XK150 line. Interviews with Jaguar designers and engineers including Keith Helfet, Jim Randle, Brian Martin, Norman Dewis and Tom Jones confirm just how important the E-type was.
History has shown that the E-type’s design was so advanced, that it became a landmark car in the overall development of automobile design, and the effects of its design influence are still being felt today. It was streets ahead of its rivals at the time – perhaps, one day, another car will be created that will take the world by storm, just as the E-type did in 1961.
In 2007, Glen Smale received the Laurin and Klement ‘Design Writer of the Year’ award for this book and to date, this is still the only book available to focus on the design of the E-type.
|Sub-title||Portrait of a Design Icon|
|Page count||232 pages|
|Format||285 x 235 mm portrait, hardback plus dust jacket|