1960 Jaguar E2A


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1960 Jaguar E2A

After a successful decade of racing, Jaguar created a E2A, a new prototype that would lend its development to future racing and production cars. Essentially, E2A became an interim model bridging the gap between the iconic E-Type and the victorious D-Type.

The release of E2A marked Jaguar’s possible intention to continue their motor sports program which ended in 1956. E2A was designed to accommodate the new 1960 sports car regulations which included minimum heights for both the car and windscreen. It was these same restrictions which forced Bizzarrini to raise the windscreen angle on his Ferrari GTO, effectively ruining his initial form.

Engineering

E2A borrowed much from the D-Type it effectively replaced. The body and chassis formed a single aluminum monocoque. Compared to the long-nose D-Type, E2A was stretched six inches to maintain proper aerodynamics with the large windscreen. Having a high windscreen also necessitated the need for window wipers instead of having the driver just look over the window.

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Similar to the D-Type, E2A used an XK-based engine having the same DOHC cylinder head. Different materials were used in the engine, such as an aluminum block and titanium connecting rods. Lucas Fuel Injection was also installed.

As a significant change from the D-Type, E2A used an independent rear suspension with inboard rear brakes. Two ducts just behind the doors provided cooling for the brakes. E2A marks the first Jaguar to have an independent rear suspension.

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1960 Jaguar E2A

Racing

E2A was initially ordered by Brigs Cunningham for a private assault on LeMans. The car was never given a model designation, but is known for its chassis stamping, E2A. It raced in the 1960 LeMans 24 Hour Race with drivers Dan Gurney and Walt Hansgen. Unfortunately the car retired due to head gasket failure caused by faulty fuel injection.

After LeMans, the windscreen on the car was reduced and a 3.8-litre engine with triple Webers was installed. It continued racing in America for some time until it was shipped back to England for brake testing.

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In Detail

typeRacing Car
built atEngland
production1
engineInline-6
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedLucas Fuel Injection
displacement2997 cc / 182.9 in³
bore85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke88 mm / 3.46 in
power220.0 kw / 295 bhp @ 6800 rpm
specific output98.43 bhp per litre
bhp/weight337.14 bhp per tonne
redline7000
body / frameAluminum Monocoque with Steel Front Subframe
front tires6.5×16
rear tires6.5×16
front brakesUnassisted Dunlop Discs
rear brakesInboard Unassisted Dunlop Discs
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionWishbones w/Torsion Bars, Girling Dampers
r suspensionHalf Shafts w/Lower Wishbones, Dual Coil Springs, Girling Dampers, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight875 kg / 1929 lbs
wheelbase2438 mm / 96.0 in
front track1219 mm / 48.0 in
rear track1219 mm / 48.0 in
length4318 mm / 170.0 in
width1594 mm / 62.8 in
height1137 mm / 44.8 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
gear ratios2.14:1, 1.64:1, 1.277:1, 1.00:1
final drive3.31:1
top speed~305.8 kph / 190.0 mph

Story by Richard Owen

Auction Sales History

1960 Jaguar E2A
1960 Jaguar E2A
– sold for $4,957,000
Jaguar ‘E2A’ survives today as absolutely one of the most charismatic and significant prototypes ever produced by mainstream motor industry. It is neither a cobbled-together rough-cut, nor a merely vapid show car. And what other prototype of such a significant production model has ever had a racing history to match this one? As the only surviving taproot of the iconic E-Type Jaguar series, ‘E2A’ towers in stature for that alone. Auction Source: 2008 Monterey Preview