It was synonymous with cutting edge design and engineering quality that once made the West Midlands automotive industry an international leader.
And the status of the Jaguar E-type as an engineering and fashion icon has recognised with motoring experts voting it as the high-performance car of the 1960s.
The E-type, which rolled off the lines at Jaguar's Coventry plant and made its debut in 1961, was, unlike other 'supercars' of its time, a mass-market product - more than 70.000 were built.
A panel from Auto Express magazine named the E-type as the greatest 1960s model, while the title of the greatest-ever highperformance car went to the Porsche 911.
The panel picked the Porsche from more than 60 fast cars over a period of more than 50 years.
"The Porsche 911 is a classic in every sense of the word," said Auto Express editor- in- chief David Johns.
The experts chose the best performance car from each of the last six decades and then picked a winner.
The finalists were: 1950-59: Lotus Seven 1960-69: Jaguar E-Type 1970-79: Lotus Esprit 1980- 89: Ford Sierra Cosworth
1990-99: McLaren F1 2000-05: Porsche 911 Mr Johns said: "These are all winners, but only one of them has got what it takes to be crowned overall champion. The Porsche 911 has the best bits of all the others and none of the flaws.
"The latest version is the most mature performance vehicle money can buy. It's the result of continuous, fastidious development since the first model's launch in 1963."