As a whole, the car defined the Jaguar brand in a way no car has before or since. It took on all comers from a performance standpoint, and obliterated the field in the looks department. Songs about other cars even included the E-Type as the obvious competition for vehicles like Cobras and Stingrays. It’s little wonder, then, that Jaguar spent decades trying to recapture the car’s magic with rides like the XJ-S and XK8 before finally arriving at the F-Type.
Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. While he’s driven every coupe Jaguar has made since, he’s never driven an E-Type. He remains committed to changing that some day.