The Jaguar E-type Sixty Years On
60 years old this year, the iconic Jaguar E-type thoroughly deserves its place in the history of high performance cars. Often hailed as the most beautiful production road car of all time, the sublime Jaguar E-type Series 1 stirred passions in automotive aficionados the world over when launched at the Geneva Salon in March 1961. Sixty years on, Amalgam is excited to celebrate the car that engendered such strong feelings of emotion and British pride through the addition of two new books from Porter Press, now available alongside our Jaguar E-type models at 1:8 and 1:18 scales.
New Porter Press Books
We are proud to be expanding our Porter Press book collection with two excellent reads, Original Jaguar E-type and 9600 HP - The Story of the World’s Oldest E-type Jaguar.
Original Jaguar E-type has been crafted using the classic colour combination of anthracite and silver with quarter-binding in red leather. Paired with a matching anthracite grey coloured slipcase with bold red lettering, Original E-type Collector’s Edition is limited to 100 units, signed by author Malcolm McKay and renowned Jaguar historian Philip Porter making this edition a true collectable.
9600 HP - The Story of the World’s Oldest E-type Jaguar reflects the enduring style of the car being hand-bound in grey leather. The cover features a stylishly foiled, debossed with its famous number plate on white on black leather with silver-edged pages. Limited to 96, each copy comes in a slipcase and is signed by the author and owner of 9600, HP Philip Porter, and Jaguar’s former Director of Design, Ian Callum CBE.
The E-type Roadster
Based on Jaguar’s racing D-type, which had won Le Mans from 1955-57, the E–type was powered by a 3.8 litre version of the proven Jaguar XK engine, developing 265 brake horsepower and providing a top speed of close to 150 miles per hour. Our 1:8 and 1:18 scale Amalgam models of the Jaguar E-type Roadster have been handcrafted and finished in our workshops with the co-operation and assistance of Jaguar regarding original finishes, materials, archive imagery and drawings. The use of supremely accurate digital scanning of an original car has allowed us to perfectly recreate every detail at scale.
The E-type Coupe
The monocoque chassis construction, using the engine itself as a structural part of the car within the front subframe, was also indebted to the racing D-type and resulted in a considerable weight benefit. With disc brakes fitted all around the car and the addition of a sophisticated independent front and rear suspension, the E-type was ahead of its time. Allegedly described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘the most beautiful car ever made’, the E-type became an iconic symbol of the 1960s and was particularly successful in the American market. Our 1:8 and 1:18 scale models of this iconic car have undergone detailed scrutiny by Jaguar's engineering and design teams to ensure complete accuracy of representation.