Classic Jaguar E-Type on display at RACQ House

When it officially broke cover at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1961, the Jaguar E-Type not only stole the show but all the headlines.

When it officially broke cover at the Geneva Auto Salon in March 1961, the Jaguar E-Type not only stole the show but all the headlines. The legendary Enzo Ferrari described it as the most beautiful car in the world and even today the E-Type continues to top such subjective lists of ‘best ever’. 

The E-type was first produced in 1961, powered by a 3.8-litre, 6-cylinder twin overhead cam engine. From 1964, the engine size was increased to 4.2-litre and the gearbox updated to incorporate synchromesh on all forward gears. From 1971 to 1975, the E-Type was produced with a 5.3 litre V12 engine and known as Series 3.

The E-type came as a two-seater roadster/convertible, two-seater coupe, and a 2+2 coupe. The roadster is generally considered to be the most desirable, and who could argue going by the example currently on display at RACQ House, 60 Edward Street in the Brisbane CBD, until April 27.

Lloyd and Lorraine Anderson’s immaculate 1970 model has been in their care since 2007, after they acquired it from a Canberra enthusiast who had imported the car from the United States.

While in the US, it was partly restored, including paintwork and retrimming, before arriving in Australia where it was converted to right-hand drive.

Being a late-1970 car, this is a Series 2 and one of the last of the 6-cylinder E-types.

Throughout its 11 years with the current owners, the car has given trouble-free motoring, requiring only minor mechanical and electrical maintenance. It is used frequently for events with the Jaguar Drivers Club of Queensland, which has a very active E-type Register.

The car featured in the April 2013 edition of Classic Car magazine.