7) Jaguar E-type Series 1 Roadster: Year: 1961-1967
When Jaguar first launched its E-type series in 1961, it instantly hit a chord with enthusiasts. The cars were powerful, performed exceptionally for the time and were great to look at. Enzo Ferrari, a prominent rival of Jaguar, called it “the most beautiful car ever made”. Several prominent media publications of the time echoed this opinion.
The E-type series incorporated numerous innovations which were rare in 1961. These included a monocoque construction, disc brakes and independent front and rear suspension. The car could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in less than seven seconds and its awesome power gave it a top speed of 150 mph. Jaguar’s roadster and the response it evoked were nothing short of sensational.
The performance of the E-Type is better understood in the context of Jaguar’s D-Type race car which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans three years in a row from 1955 to 1957.