Friday, 11 May 2018

Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar E-Type

The 'E-Type Jag' has one of the most instantly recognisable shapes of any sports-car.  Its body shell was derived from the D-Type. A production racer, par excellence, the D-Type won the Le Mans 24 Hours race.  Of course, the E-Type cleaved cleanly through air - long, low, and sleek, as it was.  Road-holding was also a forte.  Though its cross-ply tyres were supermodel thin, hard cornering induced nary a wobble.

The E-Type was a Sixties icon.  Anyone who was anyone wanted one!  Rock stars and footballers were especially susceptible!  In the end, though, it transcended celebrity.  Exhibited at New York's Museum of Modern Art, it was now, officially, a design classic.

Power came courtesy of Jaguar's 3.8-litre XK. Though a bit long in the tooth, it still packed plenty of punch!  The gracefully rising contours of the E-Type's bonnet are there primarily to accommodate the engine.  Both aesthetically and technically, then, the Jaguar E-Type was a tour de force.  A shortlist defining 'Swinging London' would have to feature the E-Type Jag!

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