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Jaguar to mark 50 years of E-Type

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Jaguar will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its E-Type car at major motoring events throughout this year.

The luxury car manufacturer is set to mark the event at this year's Geneva Motor Show - the same motoring exhibition where the sports car was unveiled in March 1961 and became an instant icon.

Anniversary celebrations will also run into Goodwood's Revival and Festival of Speed, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and the Nurburgring Old Timer Grand Prix scheduled for later in the year.

Mike O'Driscoll, managing director, Jaguar Cars, said: "Half a century of progress has not diminished the significance of the E-Type. It was a sensation when it was launched, and remains Jaguar's most enduring and iconic symbol.

"The E-Type is simply one of the most exciting cars ever created and a legacy to the genius of Jaguar's founder, Sir William Lyons."

The E-Type, capable of reaching a speed of 150mph, set new standards in automotive design and performance when it was launched.

The model, which was hailed as an affordable supercar, remained on sale for 14 years and continues to influence the brand's modern range.

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