Jaguar E-Type by Laszlo Varga

Jaguar E-Type by Laszlo Varga

The other day, I saw a car, or more precisely, pictures of a concept car that really left me in awe: The Jaguar E-Type Concept Car by Laszlo Varga.

Jaguar E-Type Original

Jaguar E-Type Original

I have always had an affinity to the the elegance and beauty of vintage Jaguars – but this time, I was really stunned. Today, I would like to present this marvelous design study that has yet to move beyond the design studio. I can only wholeheartedly wish for it to be produced someday.

Varge E-Type Perspectives

Varge E-Type Perspectives

Jaguar E-Type History

Before we dive in and take a look at all the beautiful angles, let me briefly point out a few tidbits about the Jaguar E-Type, also known as the Jaguar XK-E. The car was initially designed in 1957 and was first manufactured in 1961. It ran until 1975. For many, it is one of the most beautiful cars ever built, and I can absolutely understand why someone might feel that way. The E-Type was built in three different series  – and two limited editions – with engines ranging from a 3.8 6 cylinder all the way up to a 5.3 V12. In 1996, the world famous MoMA in New York City recognized the significance of the Jaguar E-Type and its iconic design by adding a blue roadster to its permanent collection as one of only six cars to date! For more information about the XKE, please visit this website.

E-Type Concept Car by Laszlo Varga

The Hungarian industrial designer Laszlo Varga, who is part of the design group Room 11, is currently in his 4th year as a student at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME)/Industrial Design.

Jaguar E-Type - Different Angles

Jaguar E-Type - Different Angles

Inspired by the style, beauty, power, glamor and elegance of the legendary E-Type, he designed a revised version of this Jaguar in 2011. Although the images imply that a prototype of that car has been produced, it is entirely virtual at this point in time. I could probably go on for hours about the sophisticated, sleek lines of the car, but in this case, pictures speak more than a thousand words.

E-Type Growler 2011

Interestingly, there has been another E-Type design model recently. However, this is actually a car and if you compare the lines side by side, they look very similar. The Varga E-Type is more simplistic and elegant, in my opinion. It was designed by Vizualtech, which was recently renamed Zolland Design AB after its Swedish owner Bo Zolland.

Bo Zolland Growler E Type

Bo Zolland Growler E Type

Last year, Jaguar celebrated the 50th anniversary of the E-Type. As such, Bo designed an interpretation of this car as a tribute to Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons.

Lyonheart Jaguar 2012

In collaboration with Robert Palm from the Swiss design company Classic Factory, Zolland created a limited edition series of the new E-Type. Interestingly, the car was advertised as the Lyonheart K and was developed, engineered and hand-built in England. It will feature a 5.0 Supercharged V8 that delivers 550PS and 680Nm of torque. With a weight of under 1600kg (3520 lbs), the Lyonheart K reaches 100km/h (62mph) in under 4 seconds and has top speeds of 300km/h (185 mph).

Lyonheart K 2012 Hand Built in England

Lyonheart K 2012 Hand Built in England

Being so exclusive, a Lyonheart K will cost € 495,000 if 50 cars are sold prior to production, or more than a million if only a handful of cars will be produced. In any case, you will have to wait at least 18 months for delivery.

Make sure to check out the gallery below and tell us which of these four versions is your favorite and why?

3 replies
  1. richard
    richard says:

    like so much of your focus on men’s fashion and its foundation to what is available to us today, and me being a car guy, i cannot help but appreciate the dna of the original e-type and its visual prominence in this concept version.

    as an original owner of my ’73 datsun 240z, this similar silhouette is found on many current versions of both european and pacific rim manufactures’ coupes. what must not be lost on the visual beauty of these older vehicles is the fact their driving characteristics are very ‘cumbersome’ as compared to their modern counterparts, but appreciated for their time in production.

    like today’s history-inspired fashion choices, these vintage chariots should be appreciated for their importance in history.

  2. Ahmed Sajeel
    Ahmed Sajeel says:

    I think I forgot to breathe for the first few moments … quite literally breathtakingly beautiful

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