Imagine having the E-type in your back catalogue. How do you top that? Ferrari may have created a greater number of masterpieces, but even ‘Il Commendatore’ himself knew when he was beaten. “The most beautiful car ever made,” was his verdict on the Jaguar. Malcolm Sayer, the company’s aerodynamicist and designer, reckoned it was drawn according to strict mathematical principles, which rather debunks the romance of the creative process. Whatever, the E-type was the first car to be selected to appear in New York’s Museum of Modern Art.
Heritage is huge business, but even Jaguar must occasionally want the E-type to, you know, clear off for a bit. Not least because the F Coupe is the most explicit successor they’ve created since the original passed away in 1974. Can’t it enjoy its moment in the sun?
Pictures: Rowan Horncastle
This feature first appeared in Top Gear magazine