The E-Type was really a revolutionary car. It forever changed the way sports cars looked. It took advantage of a low center of gravity, wide wheel base, and a V12 engine to throw down with other sports car of its time. Perhaps the main selling point was the price. The E-Type cost much less than its competition. That has not hurt its value over time, as these cars are now considered classics, and the epitome of British sports car design.
These cars are not as rare as many might think. Over 70,000 were made over 14 years.
There were 3 generations of this car, referred to as series. The Series 1 had a V6 engine from a XK150S. Although this would be weaker than its successors, it was still a great engine built for use in a sports car.
The Series 2, made from 1969 until 1971, got a wraparound rear bumper and many upgraded options.
The Series 3, sold from 1971 until 1974, featured a 5.3L V12 engine. This massive engine was only available in the 2+2 coupe and convertible.
The prices on these cars differs depending on condition, year, and body type. The convertible roadsters are particularly popular, as they have been featured in various movies and are becoming a pop culture icon of the 1960's. Sports Car International actually named this car the top sports car of the decade.
You can find plenty of these cars out there on the classic car market and at classic car options. There are also plenty of listings for all body types on eBay. Parts are also plentiful.
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