50 Jaguar E-Type Celebrate E-Type’s 50th Anniversary

June 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

These days it’s a huge privilege just to see a single Jaguar E-Type out in the wild. They are usually stored in museum or high-security garages and come out once or twice a year for a meeting. But now for the car’s 50th anniversary,  a fleet of privately 50 owned vehicles travelled in convoy through the Capital to the 2011 Motorexpo in Canary Wharf. That’s a magnificent scene.

Organised by the Jaguar Drivers’ Club, the convoy started its journey under police escort at Forbes House in central London, home of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).  The route took in landmarks including Buckingham Palace and Trafalgar Square before arriving at Canary Wharf where the cars lined up on display. Ex-Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell, lead the way to the wharf.

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he Jaguar E-type was first shown at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961. When launched its mix of daring design, advanced engineering and the ability to hit 150 mph caused a sensation.  The intervening years have seen it become one of the most acclaimed and desirable sports cars of all time.

On arriving at Canary Wharf, Graeme Carver, CEO of Motorexpo commented: ‘It’s been a terrific day and a fitting tribute to the E-type – we are incredibly grateful to the police and all the owners for providing their support to make it possible.  We all feel honoured to have taken part in such a key celebration of what was, and remains, a landmark car.’