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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

1966 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series I

Near-original 1966 Jaguar E-type coupe, manual, 2-seater, Primrose Yellow with Tan interior, chrome wire spoke wheels in my collection. Painted in a bright yellow, it is the same colour as the E described by British comedian Charlie Drake as "my custard torpedo". This car brought definition to the word "patina" -- its un-restored, original interior is just as it was 50 years ago.

The Jaguar E-type was an instant classic, an exercise in cool aerodynamic theory and unashamed showmanship, producing probably the most beautiful sports car of the 60s. It had the ability to live up to the looks, too. The 150mph (241kph) that Jaguar claimed for the E-type was devastatingly quick in 1961 (in reality only the tweaked-up press cars could achieve it, and 140 (225kph) was nearer the truth), making the new Jaguar Britain's fastest production car. Better still, it was probably Britain's greatest bargain price-wise, undercutting its nearest rival, the Aston Martin DB4, by a third.

JAGUAR E-TYPE (1961-75) 
Engine: Straight six/V-twelve
Capacity: 3781/4235/5343cc
Power: 265bhp
Transmission: 4-speed manual - 3-speed auto
Top Speed : Up to 150mph (241kph)
No. Built : All models - 72,507

A photograph of my E-type digitally enhanced.

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