Cars are only original once. While more often than not, it’s desirable to have the best or cleanest example of any given marque when it comes to the game of Concours, when it comes to race cars, there’s no way to replicate the decades of earned patina and the battering that comes from racing door to door. The cars lucky enough to still sport their war wounds can’t be duplicated, and few cars survive with their origins and history still visible on the surface.
Born in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type, or XK-E as it was sold to the American market, has grown into an automotive icon, holding a unique and nearly-impossible to dispute position as one of the most beautiful cars history has to offer. Beyond is poise and elegance is a car with roots in racing, having derived from Jagaur’s hugely successful Le Mans-winning D-Type roadster.