April 21, 2021

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Jaguar E-Type, the racing car that drives you crazy

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Sixty years after revolutionizing the world of sports cars, the iconic Jaguar model has not aged a single time.

She arrived one day in December. The kid that I was immediately understood from the crowd she had unleashed in the village that paternal madness was not like any other car. It was a 3.8-liter Series 1 E-Type convertible in every way identical to the one that, twenty years later, would join the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. A consecration for the famous sports car of Jaguar, which the English pronounce E-Type (i-taïpe) and whose simple evocation triggers a shower of superlatives and dithyrambs. When he discovered the car, the painter Salvador Dali exclaimed: “She is beautiful as a woman.” Enzo Ferrari will not go that far but the legend circulates that when seeing it for the first time, he declared: “It’s the most beautiful car ever built.” Rarely has a vehicle been so unanimous. Whatever the public – passionate or layman – magnetism operates.

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