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When talking about cult icons, adjectives usually stream in an overwhelming fashion, making it hard to discern fact from fabrication. The Jaguar E-Type is one of these cars, earning an invitation to the Pantheon of motoring just as quick as the first journalists laid eyes on it. The long hood belied the size of the white two-door sports car as it was sitting on an exquisite animal print wall-to-wall. The public was elated, so much so that a second car was driven from Britain to Switzerland as Sir William Lyons, the company’s founder, was already receiving orders for the new ,,Big Cat’’.

Such was the initial impact of the E-Type that even the Italians, who were famed for putting together some of the most beautiful cars in existence, were left dumbfounded. One Italian in particular eulogized the styling of Jaguar’s new two-seater. His name? None other than Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, who is quoted to have said that the XK-E, as it was marketed in the USA, is "the most beautiful car in the world".

Despite of early reliability issues that pushed the debut date of the racing version further into 1962, the E-Type proved handy on race tracks around the world, especially the 12 lightweight chassis. Away from the track, the first E-Type, known as the S1, was built in far greater numbers, nearly 40,000 cars coming out of the Coventry-based plant between 1961 and 1968. The figure includes all variations, including the less fluid 2+2.

While the E-Type stayed in production until 1975, the S1 is the most distinguishable, as the latter versions lost the headlight covers as well as adopting larger fender flares, on the S3, that somehow messed with the original shape. This is mainly why the first iteration is also the most sought-after, with prices rising each year.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1961-1968 Jaguar E-Type.

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Restoration: The Beautiful 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

Restoration: The Beautiful 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3

The car is still as drool-worthy as ever, albeit with the latest technology

Restorations are always fun; the beauty of retro aligning with the technology of today, the old-school interiors getting a touch of modern material. While car lovers take this up as a task and do it themselves, there are professional companies which also do it. One such company is E-type UK, which specializes in restoring only the Jaguar E-Type models. This time around, they have restored a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3.

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Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Leave the Royal Wedding in Style with an Electric Jaguar E-Type

Prince Harry And Meghan Markle Leave the Royal Wedding in Style with an Electric Jaguar E-Type

Old-school British elegance paired with modern EV power

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few weeks, you’ve undoubtedly been inundated with coverage of the royal wedding. But don’t worry - we aren’t here to analyze Meghan’s dress or the contents of the goodie bags handed out to guests. No, we’d prefer to talk about that surprisingly quiet E-Type that whisked the happy couple off to the royal reception.

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2017 Jaguar E-Type Zero

2017 Jaguar E-Type Zero

Instilling the British icon with electric motivation

Back in March of 1961, Jaguar unveiled the E-Type, and it wasn’t long before the world fell in love with its long hoodline, curvaceous hips, and sonorous 3.8-liter six-cylinder soundtrack. Enzo Ferrari, a man with no shortage of good looking metal at his disposal, remarked that it was the “most beautiful car ever made,” and in the more than half century that followed its release, the E-Type has remained a mainstay of automotive splendor for enthusiasts across the globe. These days, the E-Type has served as the basis for a variety of special editions and reimaginings, but now, JLR is taking its iconic two-door into uncharted water. Say hello to the E-Type Zero, an all-electric iteration that promises the same distinctive driving experience as the original, but with no gasoline involved.

Scheduled for presentation at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest on September 8th, the E-Type Zero was restored and converted by Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry, which, JLR points out, isn’t far from “where the [original] E-Type was born.” Based on a 1.5 Series Roadster from 1968, the Zero is an almost completely all-original spec, except for the powertrain, obviously. “Our aim with E-Type Zero is to future-proof classic car ownership,” says Tim Hanning, Director at Jaguar Land Rover Classic. “We’re looking forward to the reaction of our clients as we investigate bringing this concept to market.” That’s right, folks – a production iteration could be in the works. Read on for the details.

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Replica Go Karts Fetch Tremendous Prices At Mecum Auctions

Replica Go Karts Fetch Tremendous Prices At Mecum Auctions

One of them sold for Mercedes money

Millions upon millions of dollar flew all over the place over the weekend during the Mecum auction at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. A 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 had top billing when it sold for a whopping $22.5 million, becoming the most expensive British car in history. A collection of road-going Ferraris combined for $16.5 million, including a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB that sold for $8.3 million. Even Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita found a new owner who paid a cool $2.8 million for it. Lost in all the hoopla surrounding the auction were four vehicles that look the part of classics from yesteryear, but are actually miniaturized replica go-karts. It’s quite amusing considering that of all the cars that did sell for at least seven figures, these four go-karts were stars of the show in their own right.

Don’t feel bad if you mistake any of these cars – a Ferrari 330 P2 Le Mans, a 1956 “Baby Ferrari” Bimbo Racer, a Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR, and a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Junior – for the real things in the pictures. Look at them in person, though, and it’s clear that they’re mini replicas. Still, it doesn’t take away from the sheer awesomeness of these cars, which really aren’t your typical go-karts either, since some of them do carry materials like a steel chassis and a fiberglass body. And for what their worth, they were actually sold for impressive prices, including one that fetched a price tag that would’ve otherwise been close enough to buy an actual, brand-new Mercedes CLA-Class Coupe.

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1:8 Jaguar E-Type Scale Models Are The Secret Gems Of The Paris Motor Show

1:8 Jaguar E-Type Scale Models Are The Secret Gems Of The Paris Motor Show

Prepare to spend a small fortune though

Did you love the Honda Civic Type R Prototype? Not so high on the Seat Ateca X-Perience? We all have different opinions on what was hot and what was not at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. That said, we can all safely agree that the 1:8 scale models of the Jaguar E-Type that Amalgam Collection unveiled at the event were all sorts of awesome, price tag notwithstanding.

Coupe, convertible, and lightweight versions of the E-Type were displayed in Paris and each were designed with incredible detail, right down to the wooden steering wheels, leather seats, and rubber tires. If you didn’t know any better, these E-Types looked literally like miniaturized versions of the real things. They’re not drivable for obvious reasons, but they sure make for a great display piece for those who count themselves as avid aficionados of Jaguar’s most iconic model.

The only downside to these pièce de résistance scale models is that, according to Motor1, one unit costs €9,100, or a little over $10,000 based on current exchange rates. It’s a steep price that’s not too far off from what you’d have to pay for a base Ford Fiesta that costs $14,090. Then again, it goes without saying that these expensive scale models are marketed more for those who don’t mind spending that amount to get their hands on these 1:8 scale E-Types.

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Peruvian Man Professes His Love For His Jaguar E-Type: Video

Peruvian Man Professes His Love For His Jaguar E-Type: Video

It’s a love story between man and machine

Every automaker has a model that’s regarded as the best it has ever built. In the case of Jaguar, that model is the E-Type. Naturally, those who are fortunate enough to still own one of these models keep them in as good a condition as possible. Then there’s Miguel Rodrigo, a Peruvian architect who loves his 1964 Jaguar E-Type Roadster so much he doesn’t keep it tucked in his garage to collect dust. Instead, he drives the E-Type as much as he can, even admitting to driving it “from border to border” twice.

I’m not exactly sure what borders Rodrigo is referring to since Peru has five of them, but his point is crystal clear. He is getting as much enjoyment as he can from his prized E-Type the way any car enthusiast should.

Rodrigo loves his E-Type so much that he’s actually used it in a number of racing events, none more notable than Peru’s version of the Cannonball rally. True to form, the E-Type obliterated the opposition in the race, finishing four hours ahead of the eventual runner-up. It’s a remarkable achievement considering how far Rodrigo had to go just so he could have an opportunity to not only buy the classic Jag in a U.S. auction, but also have it shipped to Peru legally.

Then again, these are the kind of lengths we go to for the cars that we truly love. There’s no challenge hard enough for us to conquer if it means being rewarded with a car that we’ve dreamt about for years.

That’s the story of Miguel Rodrigo and his Jaguar E-Type. It’s a perfect example of a man, his car, and the rewards of passion and determination.

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Evo Reviews The Jaguar Lightweight E-Type: Video

Evo Reviews The Jaguar Lightweight E-Type: Video

The Back to the Future DeLorean may be the poster child of time-traveling cars, but if there’s one vehicle that can be best described as its real-life equivalent - minus the time-travelling paraphernalia - it has to be the Jaguar Lightweight E-Types. Built initially by Jaguar in 1963, the company’s plan was to release 18 units of the track-purpose vehicle. For one reason or another, the company was only able to build 12, leaving the last six designated chassis numbers in storage for the better part of 50 years. It wasn’t until 2014 when Jaguar dusted off these numbers and built the final six models of the Lightweight E-Type, using period correct building methods mixed in with modern design technology. More importantly, these cars were built to FIA’s homologation requirements for historic racing.

The Lightweight E-Type is as authentic a blast from the past as you can get in the business today. Recently, EVO managed to get its hands on one of the six “old-new” models of the Lightweight E-Type and as you can expect, the car looked absolutely pristine, exuding the classic look of its older brothers while also benefiting from modern-day technology to make it look and run better.

I can’t even begin to tell you how jealous I was watching this video. As awesome as it might be to sit behind the wheel of today’s supercars, I’d gladly give up a chance to drive any of them if it means getting to drive the Lightweight E-Type. Forget about the experience of driving it, I just want to be in its vicinity, soaking up all the stories it has to tell.

Check out the video and tell me you won’t feel the same way after watching it.

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1961 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type

1961 - 1968 Jaguar E-Type

When talking about cult icons, adjectives usually stream in an overwhelming fashion, making it hard to discern fact from fabrication. The Jaguar E-Type is one of these cars, earning an invitation to the Pantheon of motoring just as quick as the first journalists laid eyes on it. The long hood belied the size of the white two-door sports car as it was sitting on an exquisite animal print wall-to-wall. The public was elated, so much so that a second car was driven from Britain to Switzerland as Sir William Lyons, the company’s founder, was already receiving orders for the new ,,Big Cat’’.

Such was the initial impact of the E-Type that even the Italians, who were famed for putting together some of the most beautiful cars in existence, were left dumbfounded. One Italian in particular eulogized the styling of Jaguar’s new two-seater. His name? None other than Ferrari founder Enzo Ferrari, who is quoted to have said that the XK-E, as it was marketed in the USA, is "the most beautiful car in the world".

Despite of early reliability issues that pushed the debut date of the racing version further into 1962, the E-Type proved handy on race tracks around the world, especially the 12 lightweight chassis. Away from the track, the first E-Type, known as the S1, was built in far greater numbers, nearly 40,000 cars coming out of the Coventry-based plant between 1961 and 1968. The figure includes all variations, including the less fluid 2+2.

While the E-Type stayed in production until 1975, the S1 is the most distinguishable, as the latter versions lost the headlight covers as well as adopting larger fender flares, on the S3, that somehow messed with the original shape. This is mainly why the first iteration is also the most sought-after, with prices rising each year.

Continue reading to learn more about the 1961-1968 Jaguar E-Type.

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Barn-Find 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster Will Be Auctioned In May

Barn-Find 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster Will Be Auctioned In May

You’ll have a hard time finding a better-preserved, original E-Type than this. It’s not concours quality, but that’s for stuffy people who like to wear funny hats while looking at cars on a golf course. This 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster has far more character, and it’s crossing the block at the upcoming Silverstone Auctions event at the Silverstone Circuit in England on May 23.

Though it was found in a barn-like structure, calling it a “barn find” is actually a little misleading. After covering just 7,700 miles since new, it was meticulously cared for by one family through three generations. The original owner’s son had it “properly immobilized” as an investment by injecting oil into the cylinders and storing it in a heated brick barn in 1996. Three years later the car passed on to his son, who put it in a dehumidified air bubble storage unit. The car remained there until 2006, when it was moved to the farm shed where it was “found” late last year.

Continue reading to learn more about this barn-find 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster.

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Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience Offers You the Chance to Drive Classic Jaguars

Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience Offers You the Chance to Drive Classic Jaguars

Some of us can’t afford to buy a brand new Jaguar F-Type R Coupe, let alone a fully restored Jaguar E-Type. But Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations is doing all of us a big favor by launching the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience. The name is as it sounds; starting November 2014, visitors can get access to drive some of their favorite Jaguars on an established 200-acre testing facility, Fen End, in Warwickshire, England.

Many of these cars are going to be driven by the public for the first time, which in itself is incredible considering the level of access Jaguar is offering to the public. Hopefully, it’s got insurance for some of these classic vehicles. Some of these cars were actually owned by James Hull before Jaguar bought his entire collection of cars — all 543 of them — back in July 2014. At the very least, you can expect these classics to be in premium shape relative to their ages.

If any of you has a chance to experience the Jaguar Heritage Driving Experience, I’m going to be the first ones to ask you how it went. That, or I might just head over to the attic and wallow in my jealousy.

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Video: Chris Harris Talks About the Lightweight Jaguar E-Type At Goodwood Revival

Video: Chris Harris Talks About the Lightweight Jaguar E-Type At Goodwood Revival

Chris Harris is one of those guys that everyone wants to meet and everyone wants to be; a true petrolhead with a passion for speed and performance. In this video we have here, Chris is lucky enough to get to drive a Lightweight Jaguar E-Type at the Goodwood Revival race.

The story gets even better for Chris Harris. Not only is this his first time driving the Lightweight E-Type, it is his first drive in any E-Type. Blasting around a racetrack in the best version of one of the best cars every made seems like a great way to get acquainted with said machine. Sadly, there isn’t any video of Chris actually driving the car, all the on-track footage comes from the qualifying where his co-driver Gary Pearson was behind the wheel. Still we get a good interview with Chris about the experience before he gets to race and we get some nice insight into how an auto journalist thinks and feels before an exciting experience like this.

Chris Harris, I envy you, and I hope you enjoyed yourself. Now hit that play button and turn that volume up. You may not get to see Chris drifting the Jag Lightweight around the track like a hooligan, but the last half of this video is crammed full of nothing but loud and angry exotic motors at full chat. It is awesome.

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Jaguar E-type stolen 46 years Ago found in a container!

Jaguar E-type stolen 46 years Ago found in a container!

In 1968 in Manhattan Ivan Schneider bought a Jaguar E-Type convertible ,only six months after someone stole his car.
But good news for him after 46 years, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents found his car in a shipping container with a 2014 Camaro ZL1, a 2007 Mercedes E350 and a 1976 Mercedes 280!

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Jaguar and Bremont Watches Launch Lightweight E-Type Tachometer

Jaguar and Bremont Watches Launch Lightweight E-Type Tachometer

Ferrari isn’t the only automaker that can get involved in the exclusive luxury watch business. Jaguar wants to get in on the fun and it tapped British watchmaker Bremont to create an ultra-limited edition timepiece in honor of the iconic Lightweight E-Type.

The two British brands actually have a history of collaboration, beginning with the development of the Jaguar C-X75 Concept back in 2010, specifically the analog dashboard clock found in the interior of the 778-horsepower hybrid supercar. Now, the two companies are back at it again with a new partnership that ties into Jaguar’s plan to finish the Lightweight E-Type project it started in February 1963.

The watch itself is a thing of beauty. It’s got a 43 mm (1.69-inch) white gold case with an aluminum center ring. This ring, it turns out, was made using the same material used int he construction of the Lightweight E-Type. How’s that for unique, right? Look inside at the black dial and you’ll notice that it was inspired by a Lightweight E-Type tachometer. A subtle "red zone" quadrant is also a prominent feature while at the six o’clock position, a specific car chassis number of the Lightweight E-Type is displayed, just above where it reads ’Automatic’ and ’Made in U.K.’ Meanwhile, the watch strap is made from Connolly leather, which is the same type of cover Jaguar used on the Lightweight E-Type’s upholstery.

Neither Jaguar nor Bremont has mentioned any pricing details for these six watches. What we do know is that they won’t come cheap. Not cheap at all.

Click past the jump to read more about the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type tachometer.

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TopSpeed Podcast 024 LIVE

TopSpeed Podcast 024 LIVE

As always, we want to thank everyone who tuned in live for this week’s show. We hope everyone enjoyed it.

IF you missed the live show and want to catch up, just click the play button on the video or the audio feed here. If you want to make sure you never miss a show, you can subscribe to the feed on iTunes and get new episodes every week automatically.

In this week’s show we are down one man, as Mark is on vacation, but Justin and I held strong to deliver a great show without him.

For the Weekly Wheels segment we have the might Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X, the super-fast V-8 Miata “Elvis” and the track day special Exocet. It is quite the fun time. When we break into the real news we start with the Hellcat powered Charger and the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight. We then move on to video games with a full list of announcements from Forza and the team at Turn 10 Studios. This includes some new cars that have been added to Forza Motorsports 5 as well as a full roster update for the upcoming Forza Horizon 2. We finish out the news with a little talk about the Ferrari F12 at the Nurburgring and the eye-watering price tag of the Bentley Continental GT3-R.

We didn’t have any questions this week, so we just wrapped up the show with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of very expensive two-doors.

Thanks for watching and listening. Don’t forget to leave us your questions and Own, Drive, Burn suggestions in the comments below. We hope everyone has a great weekend and we will see you next Thursday.

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2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Two years after unveiling the E-Type — built between 1961 and 1975, and known as one of the most beautiful vehicles ever designed — the folks at Jaguar rolled out a lighter version of the model specifically developed for racing. Dubbed E-Type Lightweight, it featured an all-aluminum body and engine block, and had most of its interior trim removed, making it 250 pounds lighter than the standard E-Type. Only 12 units of this track-purpose vehicles were built, although Jaguar’s initial plan was to conceive 18 of them. Believe it or not, the Brits have just decided to make use of the remaining designated chassis numbers and construct six more Lightweight E-Types exactly 50 years after the final original example left the factory.

The mission of recreating these race cars to their original specifications based on already designated chassis numbers had fallen into the hands of Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations, the same performance arm that developed the F-Type Project 7 and the Range Rover Sport SVR. An authentic blast from the past, the Lightweight E-Type comes with everything the classic racer had to offer, including an aluminum-block, straight-six engine and a stripped out interior. And if you think the "new" Lightweight E-Type is nothing more than a museum piece, you’d better think again. The sports cars have been built to FIA’s homologation requirements for historic racing, meaning we should be seeing them in action during events such as the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Update 8/12/2014: Just as suspected after Jaguar Land Rover revealed the Range Rover SVR ahead of its Pebble Beach debut, JLR has chosen to also reveal the much-anticipated "New" Lightweight E-Type prototype — dubbed "Car Zero" ahead of its Pebble Beach debut. Check out all of the details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

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2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Preview

2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Preview

With the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance just around the corner, time has come to have a look at what this year’s edition of the world-renowned event has to offer. The charitable event has drawn huge interest ever since it was established in 1950, and the 2014 edition will be no exception. Automakers like McLaren, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Aston Martin have already confirmed their presence with outstanding, brand-new vehicles, but each and every important manufacturer will hit California to showcase their latest products. Global debuts and North American debuts, this year’s Pebble Beach will have them all.

Besides the latest automobiles ranging from lightning-fast supercars to practical SUVs and bespoke rigs, the event will be packed with classic cars spread across different eras. Bentleys, Duesenbergs and Bugattis, one rarer than the other, will be displayed across the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. As with each year, the Pebble Beach Concours the d’Elegance will donate all proceedings to various local and national organizations. The event has given nearly $20 million to charities throughout the years, and this tradition will continue in 2014.

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is certain to be a blast. It’s set to take place on August 17th, 2014, but several events, such as the Pebble Beach Auctions and the Tour d’Elegance, are scheduled a few days earlier, on August 13th and 14th, respectively. Make sure you don’t miss our coverage and, in the meantime, check out our comprehensive preview below the brake.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

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Video: Evolution Of Jaguar - From C-Type To F-Type

Video: Evolution Of Jaguar - From C-Type To F-Type

Although it has been missing from top-level motorsport for more than two decades now, Jaguar remains one of the world’s most successful race car manufacturers. Between the early 1950s and the early 1990s, the Brits brought home no less than seven 24 Hours of Le Mans trophies, just enough to place them right below Ferrari and above makers such as Bentley, Alfa Romeo, and Ford. Jaguar’s Le Mans success returned under the spotlight with the F-Type Project 7, a limited-edition sports car built to commemorate the company’s success in France.

And the folks over at XCAR thought it would be a great idea to look back on the F-Type’s spiritual predecessor, the E-Type, and the other two spectacular racers that preceded it, the C-Type and D-Type. Not only that, but the Brits also managed to round up all three vehicles on the same track for a 19-minute history lesson that covers nearly 24 years of good old Jaguar days.

It all begins with the C-Type, a track-exclusive car built to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It did so by dominating the 1953 race against heavy competition from Cunningham and Ferrari. XCAR also has a thorough look at the D-Type, yet another Jag confined to the race course. Built between 1954 and 1957, the D-Type was even more successful than the C-Type. It won the famed Le Mans event three times in a row between 1955 and 1957 and among its victims were various Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Porsches.

Finally, the video focuses on the E-Type, know as one of the most beautiful sports cars of the 20th century. When it debuted at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the E-Type had a 3.8-liter engine that delivered 265 horsepower and staggering performance for the era — naught to 62 mph in six seconds and a top speed of 150 mph. By 1970 displacement had increased to 4.2 liters, but the six-banger was dropped in 1971, when Jaguar offered a 5.3-liter, V-12 mill rated at up to 295 ponies and 300 pound-feet of torque.

Of course, there’s more to the E-Type than raw power and torque, but we’ll let you discover more by watching XCAR’s video. Hit the play button above for the greatest Jaguar trio to ever hit the street and track.

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2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed - Preview

2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed - Preview

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is only 21 years old. That’s very young when compared to other automotive events; but make no mistake, this annual gathering has grown to become one of the most important racing happenings in the world. The festival attracts not only historic and modern race cars alike, but also a host of past and present drivers to hoon some of the coolest vehicles up the Goodwood hill.

The event is getting better and better with each edition, and 2014 is no exception. With nearly 10 debuts set to take place in West Sussex, England, and with iconic drivers such as Richard Petty, Al Unser, John Surtees and Emerson Fittipaldi having already confirmed their presence, this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle.

NASCAR’s "King" Petty will arrive to drive his legendary No. 43 Plymouth Belvedere through the course, while Unser will hoon the 1978 Penske Lola-Cosworth racer in which he won his third Indy 500. And that’s only a mere fraction of the action scheduled between June 26th and 29th.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Goodwood Festival Of Speed.

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Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will Launch a New Model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations will Launch a New Model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

For those of you who have been sleeping under a rock the past few weeks, it seems as if the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which kicks off on June 26th, is shaping up to be one hell of a spectacle. We already learned that you’ll get to run the hillclimb in a digital version of the GTI Roadster and that the Q50 Eau Rouge will clear its V-6, twin-turbocharged throat on the course too. And now we have learned that Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations — the folks responsible for giving thick-walleted customers customized Jags and Rovers — will reveal a new model during the festivities.

According to the press release, the new vehicle will be a Jaguar, so we can rest assured knowing that it won’t be some oddly named and obnoxiously expensive Land Rover. Rather, it will be some sleek sexiness from the British big cat.

As of now, the details are very scarce, as Jag didn’t even give us the slightest clue on what this car will be. Stay tuned to TopSpeed.comand we’ll bring you all of the juicy bits once the car hits Goodwood.

Click past the jump to read more about Jaguar’s new Special Operations Division.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 012 - "A dash of Hellcat and a Lot of Nissan Love"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 012 - "A dash of Hellcat and a Lot of Nissan Love"

Welcome to the most awesome automotive podcast extravaganza on the internet, the TopSpeed Podcast. We have audio, we have video (after the break), and we have lots of banter about cars!

In this Thursday’s episode we bring you talks of the Nissan 370Z Nismo, the (exciting) Challenger Hellcat and Mark’s NASCAR roadtrip. We even find time to cover the revival of the Nissan Pulsar name and the new/old Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.

We also take a minute to remember F1 legend Sir Jack Brabum.

Our weekly wheels include a discussion about the Acura MDX that Justin got to drive, and the IS 350 F Sport that Mark went to Charlotte in. I am left out of the party again, but I have a new toy to talk about next week.

We have a few questions from the audience including what would make the perfect enthusiast vacation, top tracks to listen to while driving, and we speculate on what old cars need a good dose of carbon in their diet.

As always, we finish things off with Own, Drive, Burn and a trio of McLaren supercars.

Hope you enjoy. As always, you can reach us on Twitter @TopSpeedPodcast, through email Podcast@TopSpeed.com and you can leave us a comment below.

Don’t forget that you can leave us a rating at iTunes.

See you next Thursday!

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Acura MDX, Lexus IS 350 F Sport

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Video: Tribute to the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight

Video: Tribute to the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight

The Jaguar E-Type was unveiled in 1961 and between 1963 and 1964, Jaguar offered a Lightweight version, specially developed for racing. The model was limited to only 12 units, plus two spare bodies.

It was not very successful as the C-Type and D-Type racing cars, as it did not won any Le Mans or Sebring competitions, but it enjoyed plenty of success in private hands and in smaller races.

Jason Len decided it was time for his 1964 E-Type to went through a recreation process, so it spent lots of hours and used tons of materials to rebuild it. Of course lots of money were also required, but apparently that was irrelevant for Jason. All he wanted was to chase his dream.

Apparently, Jason devoted his life to Jaguar, so when deciding to rebuild this car, the decision was very easy to make. He started to work and the result is quite impressive.

Jason and his car were the subject of Petrolicious’ latest video, which you can see above.

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Video: Jaguar Reveals a New Short Film: "Escapism"

Video: Jaguar Reveals a New Short Film: "Escapism"

What do you like to do when it’s time to relax? Jogging, swimming, playing a cool game, hanging out with your friends — these likely top most of your lists. But, we are pretty sure that for some of you here, the greatest joy is to get behind the wheel, push the pedal to the metal and just cruise the streets.

David Gandy is one of the guys with an ultimate passion for driving sports cars. Oh, who is he? He is a successful British model that also happens to be a huge Jaguar fan.

In this latest short movie revealed by the British automaker, called "Escapism," Gandy gets behind the wheel of some of the most amazing Jaguar models, ranging from the new F-Type roadster and going back in history to models like the C-Type, E-Type and XKSS.

All we can say is enjoy the video, we are pretty sure you will like what you will see!

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2013 Jaguar Eagle Low Drag GT

2013 Jaguar Eagle Low Drag GT

As the Jaguar product renaissance continues full-steam ahead with the XQ-type crossover’s reveal, there is even more excitement back home with the debut of the Eagle Low Drag GT.

Sharing the lawn with dozens of other priceless exotics, the Eagle Low Drag GT applies the same priceless supercar restoration and upgrade that makes its Speedster such a showstopper.

Finished in gorgeous hand-polished aluminum for the panels and chassis, the Low Drag GT revives one of the most celebrated Jaguar racing concepts ever: a fastback E-type that was wider, more powerful and far more streamlined than any production Jaguar coupe from then or now.

The original E-type was many things during its prime, including a super-rapid, high-speed express that could reach huge top speeds for a fraction of the price of its competition from Italy.

For all this beauty and heritage that flows into the F-type today, the E-type was surprisingly never a truly successful racing machine or a good-looking two-seat coupe.

As Jaguar puts the final touches on the F-type Coupe ahead of its arrival this spring, the Eagle Low Drag GT is the perfect example of Jaguar fastback style.

With pricing likely to be in the seven digits and a total production run of perhaps five cars, the 2013 Eagle Low Drag GT writes a new chapter in the celebrated Jaguar E-type legacy.

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Video: Jay Leno Checks Out a Modified 1964 Jaguar E-Type

Video: Jay Leno Checks Out a Modified 1964 Jaguar E-Type

In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno got the chance to review a 1964 Jaguar E-Type, not a stock one, but still a pretty enjoyable drive, at least according to Jay Leno. The model was brought back to life by Jason Len from XKs Unlimited, who wanted to bring the flavor of the track to this E-Type, while keeping it totally streetable.

This Jag was updated with a roomier interior, a new alloy hood, factory-built Le Mans racing lights, a custom front bumper to accommodate the racing lights, knock-off wheels, Le Mans winglets and a new exhaust system with side pipes. The model is powered by a 3.8-liter inline-six engine that delivers a total of 300 horsepower — a 70 horsepower increase over the stock E-Type.

Check out the video to see if Jay Leno thinks all these updates are suitable for the 1964 E-Type. We think it’s an interesting ride!

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews His Original 1963 Jaguar E-Type

Video: Jay Leno Reviews His Original 1963 Jaguar E-Type

In the latest episode of his show, Jay Leno got behind the wheel of one of his personal cars: an original 1963 Jaguar E-Type (XKE to be more precise). This is the second classic E-Type owned by Leno; the other one is a Roadster model that is heavily modified.

However, as Jay Leno is a big fan of the original cars, he bought this 1963 XKE from a lady which owned it for 50 years.

The 1963 XKE is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 265 horsepower. The model could sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 7.1 seconds and could go up to a top speed of 149 mph – all respectable numbers for an older car.

Check this video to see what Jay Leno has to say about this amazing sports car and if he is pleased or not about his acquisition.

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Heavily Damaged 1963 Jaguar XKE Sold for $7,601

Heavily Damaged 1963 Jaguar XKE Sold for $7,601

If you are interested in acquiring an early Jaguar E-Type Coupe and you do a quick internet search, you will notice that you have to prepare a big check. Depending on its condition, an E-Type could cost you anywhere between $20k and $100k with the former being a very low estimate.

Now that you know that, you can imagine that it’s nearly impossible to find a model for under $10k. One lucky guy however, managed to buy such a model for just $7,601. Well, lucky on one hand, but when you will take a look at the car he bought you will start wonder if this was indeed the best acquisition?

The car you see here is a 1963 Jaguar XKE roadster that has been rolled at some point on the hills around Santa Fe New Mexico and has sat in a parking lot since 1974. According to the current owner, the engine number matches the body tag, so that in itself makes the car worth nearly $170K, per NADA. Still, will it really worth investing in this car and put it through a full restoration process? Only time will tell… Either way, under $8K is a steal and it is now the ball is in its new owner’s court.

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Video: Jeremy Clarkson's "Powered Up" DVD trailer

Video: Jeremy Clarkson’s "Powered Up" DVD trailer

Answering the cries of many Top Gear fans not ready to part ways with beautiful, fast cars and the Brits that drive them, Jeremy Clarkson is releasing a DVD called "Powered Up." his DVD takes him to the South of France to the the high-tech testing ground for Formula One - Circuit Paul Ricard - on a mission to find Clarkson’s favorite car.

In this trailer, Clarkson rips around the track in models like the McLaren MP4-12C, the Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder, theJaguar E-Type Convertible, the BMW 1-Series M Coupe, the Ferrari FF, the 911 GT2 RS, and a monster car with a huge BMW aircraft engine. Formula 1 driver, Karun Chandhok, is also featured behind the wheel of a 911 GT3.

The ’Powered Up’ DVD is available for pre-order now. It will be released on November 7, 2011.

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2011 Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

2011 Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster

Two years ago, British manufacturer Eagle introduced the world to their rendition of the Jaguar E-type with the E-Type Speedster at the Salon Prive. The car was light, fast, and it gave the driver hassle-free driving when compared to the E-Types of yesteryear. Now the company has reworked their modern day classic with an even lighter version called the Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster, scheduled to make its debut at the Salon Prive at Syon House in west London on June 22-24, 2011

Eagle is well-known for their dedication to the development of Jaguar’s E-Types and have been restoring and selling them since 1982. Their passion for the E-Type is what lead them to create a model that throws back to the design of Jaguar’s Lightweight E-Type race cars built in 1963, but with a modern twist and a more powerful engine.

The Eagle Lightweight Speedster only weighs 2,200 lbs and that weight is powered by a 4.7 liter, aluminum in line 6 cylinder engine that delivers an impressive 310 HP with a peak torque of 340 lb-ft.

UPDATE 07/09/12: The folks over at Eagle Speedster have released a fresh batch of high-res photos of the gorgeous sports car, which you can check out in the gallery!

Hit the jump to read more about the Eagle E-Type Lightweight Speedster.

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1964 Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag E-Type

1964 Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag E-Type

This is the one and only factory low-drag lightweightJaguar E-Type and is a vehicle that should have been laid to rest a long time ago. In fact, the Jaguar was thought to be dead until Peter Neumark of Classic Motors Cars breathed new life into the last racing car ever built at Jaguar’s factory.

Only twelve lightweight E-types were built by Jaguar’s competition department back in 1963, but only one returned to undergo preparatory work for the LeMans race later that year. Malcolm Sayer designed the vehicle to have a special low drag body that would be coupled to a highly modified engine. This combination was set to take LeMans by storm and lead driver, Peter Lindner, to victory. Unfortunately, while on the Montlhery circuit, something went terribly wrong causing a crash that would end up killing Peter Lindner and destroying the Jaguar E-type. Sayer himself said that the vehicle could not be repaired and that opinion was echoed in the 1970s when a second survey confirmed the vehicle’s fate.

Fast forward to 2007 when Peter Neumark entered the scene. Determined to revive the crumpled E-Type, Neumark set out to make history with one of the most complex restorations to ever take place in the world.

Hit the jump to see what dedication, passion, and 7,000 hours of hard work can accomplish.

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Growler E 2011 by Vizualtech honors Jaguar's E-Type

Growler E 2011 by Vizualtech honors Jaguar’s E-Type

In line with Jaguar’s 50th anniversary of their iconic car - the E-Type -, the boys over at Vizualtech have designed the perfect car to honor the E-Type. It’s called the Growler E 2011 and while there’s plenty of room for improvement with the name, overall, the Growler E looks like it can stand out from the rest of the four-wheeled lemmings out there.

The car is powered by the same 5.0-liter V8 engine that currently lies under the hood of some Jaguar models with the only exception being some tuning upgrades that could spike its output from 510 horsepower all the way up 600 horsepower.

Head-scratching name notwithstanding, Vizualtech did a splendid job designing the Growler E 2011. It was able to retain much of the old E-Type’s shapes and curves while also adding a modern touch to it. It’s just too bad that we won’t be seeing this car other than in these pages.

Even if this car is nothing more than just a pipe dream from the imaginations of the people at Vizualtech, it sure wouldn’t hurt to see it prowling out on the streets in the near future. The chances of that happening, though, are remote, so we might as well save ourselves from the disappointment of hoping and dreaming.

UPDATE 03/04/2011: In an interview with TopGear, Robert Palm of Swedish design studio, Vizualtech, announced the Growler will go into limited production: "The first car will be ready in the summer of 2012 - if planning goes as expected." Every unit will be hand built and will take up to six months to assemble, which is the reason why the company will only be building four cars simultaneously.

Press Release after the jump

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Man trying to unload 12 Jaguar XKEs all at once

Man trying to unload 12 Jaguar XKEs all at once

You understand the concept of wholesale shopping, right?

If you don’t, it’s pretty much buying a product in bulk as opposed to buying it one piece at a time. What this usually does is it lessens the value of each individual item because you’re buying so many of them at once. Sounds simple enough, yes?

Well, we happened to come across an eBay page of someone who just may have taken the idea of wholesale shopping to a new level. What he’s selling is a twelve car collection of Jaguar XKEs whose models range from 1961-1974. The only thing is, he’s selling them as a lot of twelve – meaning, you either buy all of them, or you don’t buy anything at all.

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Eagle E-type speedster

Eagle E-type speedster

Classic sports cars can be tremendous fun to drive, but hell to own. To begin with storage, insurance and maintenance could bankrupt the average person and the old cars don’t drive as well as a modern day vehicle. The engines take a while to come up to operating temperature, the old leaf spring based suspension takes a beating every time you venture onto a less than perfect streets. The car’s just aren’t as reliable as a 21st century automobile, one Jaguar E-Type has statd that he has to leave his car idling in the parking lot when he goes in to get his morning coffee, if he shuts it off, because of the fumes in the carburetors there’s no telling as to when it may start back up again.

Well not every classic English sports car experience has to be that troublesome. The U.K. based craftsman at Eagle have created this modern day feline based on a 1966 Jaguar E-type. The car is the proof that classic cars can be cool, fast and worry free when the new E-Type made its world debut at the Salon Privé prestige motor show in London.

The Eagle E-Type features an aluminum bodyshell, stiffer suspension, upgraded brakes and modern low profile radial tires. Under the hood the car features a 4.7 Liter straight six engine that delivers 300 HP and 340 lb-ft of torque, a 50% power increase over the standard E-type engine from the 1960’s. Weighing in at only 1100 kg, the modern day E-Type will sprint from 0 to 60 MPH in less than 5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 175 MPH.

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The last Jaguar E-type arrives 31 years later

The last Jaguar E-type arrives 31 years later

The E-Type was the defining car for Jaguar. The sexy sports car kept Jaguar on the kid’s bedroom walls for fourteen years. But when production ended in 1975, that wasn’t the last chapter in the story. There were still spare parts at the Jaguar factory in England. They were sold off to a man who had plans for the spares. Unfortunately time caught up with the man, and the parts remained in storage.

In steps Ray Parrot, a self-taught restorer and Jaguar fanatic. He bought the remaining parts, which included a new roadster body, new drivetrain and even original tires. By Parrot’s tally, he had 95 percent of the parts needed to build a Series III E-Type that was brand new and usually still in its original wrapping.

Unlike a restoration job, Parrot had very little trouble installing parts because they were straight from the assembly line. The final car was a black roadster with tan interior. Much of this was dictated by the color already on the original parts.

Before Parrot stated his build of his new from 1975 E-Type, he was in contact with Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (the British agency in charge of vehicles) to make sure that his car would be given a period registration number and chassis number to insure this would be a true 1975 car. So once he gets the official registration, Parrot will be responsible for raising the production number of the E-Typer from 72,529 to an even 72,530.

The car was completed in 2005, truly making it the last Jaguar E-Type.

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Top 100 most beautiful cars of the world

Top 100 most beautiful cars of the world

Telegraph UK made a list with top 100 most beautiful car of the world. I have to admit, I do not agree with that list; for me the most beautiful car in the world is the Mercedes Count Trossi SSK, but they know better, no?

The only "our-days" cars that made to the list are: Aston Martin DB9 - 8; Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione - 23; Bugatti Veyron - 55; McLaren F1 - 62; Audi R8 - 73 and the Jaguar XK - 81.

The selection was made by Telegraph Motoring’s readers. They voted for 367 different models, and after hours of counting the magazine revealed the final list.

So, the most beautiful car in the world was voted the Jaguar E-type, while the last one on the list was the Volvo P1800.

To see the full list go here.

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Jaguar E-Type coming back

Jaguar E-Type coming back

The Jaguar E-type was a sports car produced by Jaguar between 1961 and 1974. But enough with "was". Jaguar is ready to bring back to life the legend!. The upcoming two-seater sports car will come to take on the Porsche 911 and Aston Martin V8 Vantage.

The sale of the brand will happen in the next few weeks, and Tata, the future owner is giving the green light to the sports car. The company already announced intention to put into production the F-Type Concept, as a competition for the Porsche Boxster.

The future E-Type will be designed especially for real sports car enthusiasts, leaving the current XK Coupé and convertible to cater for owners wanting a more luxurious Grand Tourer.

More about the future E-Type after the jump.

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1961 - 1974 Jaguar E-Type

1961 - 1974 Jaguar E-Type

The Jaguar E-type or XK-E is an automobile manufactured by Jaguar Cars between 1961 and 1974. The E-type revolutionised sports car design, with performance, handling and looks ahead of its time. It was priced well below competing models, helping it to high sales for a high performance car. In excess of 70,000 E-types were sold over 14 years.

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