Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60
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Why the Jaguar E-type remains special at 60

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It’s 60 years since the Jaguar E-type arrived and caused a sensation. As our resident racer Ben Anderson discovered when he got behind the wheel of two special racing versions at Brands Hatch, the thrill of driving them hasn't diminished over time

There is something so elegant about Jaguar’s E-type.

It has style, grace and poise that still turns heads even now, 60 years on from its original release. Our Brands Hatch test day, in early July, wasn’t private, so we shared track time with Legends, Pickups, Mazda MX-5s, even a Trans-Am Ford Mustang – and the pit garages were full of Euro NASCARs, preparing for the coming weekend’s American SpeedFest.

As I trundled up to the pitlane, taking the necessarily circuitous route around the back of the garages from our parking spot in the lower paddock, occasionally having to stop for ambling pedestrians or slow-moving recovery vehicles, I noticed countless NASCAR mechanics, who’d travelled in from Europe, reaching for their smartphones. This is one of the pure joys of driving special historic racing cars.

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