Five decades? Really? Five decades since the E-Type Jag ignited the burning legend of the Swinging Sixties? If celebrities of the time weren’t zipping around “town” to the Bag O’Nails in their Austin Minis, they were racing out to the rarefied country estates of the artistic aristocracy in their Jaguar E-Types.
Described by none other than Enzo Ferrari as “the most beautiful car ever made” – and, let’s be fair, Enzo knew a thing or two about beautiful cars – the E-Type Jag was a sleek, cigar-shaped futuristic driving dream. 70,000 lucky souls lived that dream between 1961 and 1974, when production ceased.
Now Jaguar brings us the F-Type. See what they did there? Visually, it’s clearly a modern Jaguar, rather than a vintage throwback, but that’s what people expect for their £80,000 these days. With a top-end 5.0 litre V8 engine option, this Jag literally won’t hang about for long.
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