That's a big statement. Amazingly enough, it was made by legendary Enzo Ferrari. Did he drink too much Martini that day?
The Lamborghini Miura, the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, the Ferrari 250GTO, or even the BMW 507. There have been loads of iconic and beautiful designs over the years, and if there's one thing Italians are good at, it's design. We always talk about Italian style, but it seems that a Brit is one of the top contenders of the "most beautiful car ever made" contest. Back in 1961, its looks astonished everyone. Susan Boyle was also born in 1961, still I think the Jag' has aged better. But what made this car even more revolutionary was its price. You see, back then, the E-Type cost £2098 when most equivalent like Ferraris, used to cost three times more. And the Brit was faster.
Steve McQueen, Frank Sinatra, Charlton Heston, Princess Grace, George Best. The #Jaguar E-Type was a must-have, and all the jet set wanted a piece of it. It was a revolution. Today, the car is an icon and even though it did not start 50% of the time, everybody knows this car, and loves it.
Back to Susan Boyle. She knows how to sing. And so does the E-Type. Equipped with a 4.2l 6 cylinder engine, the car is able to reach 150 mph (240km/h). Known as the mark 1.5, this particular car was the direct evolution of the 1 Series. Series 2 and 3 followed but never had the same character.
60's magic operating already?
In 1961, the night before the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, Jaguar was getting ready to officially present the E-Type. Journalists and people were getting frenzy and all this excitement exceeded all expectations. A second car was urgently needed on site. The brand from Coventry had 13 hours to bring the car to the land of chocolate and banks. But 750 miles (1207 km) separated them from exhibition. He made it. 10 minutes in advance.
Yes, this might just be one of the most beautiful cars ever.
It placed racing car speeds in public hands. Driving the E-Type was so far advanced. Even by today's standards, the car feels fast and nimble. The beauty of its detail are now reinterpreted on their current lineup, and is even recreated from scratch in limited edition by a dedicated department at Jaguar classic. Seems like the Susan Boyle of automobiles has a bright future ahead.
I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Perego Cars, situated in Switzerland, for giving me the opportunity to review and shoot this car. Website: www.peregocars.com/en Facebook: www.facebook.com/peregocars/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/peregocars/