Is E-type fatigue setting in yet?

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James Elliott
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Everyone at C&SC loves E-types as much as any enthusiast, but office chat reveals a very genuine fear that this year's 50th anniversary overload could end up putting people off the model and possibly classic cars as a whole. It's only June and we already feel we have seen every survining E-type in the world several times over.

What do you think? Is there any real danger of overkill?

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Ihttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LbOF9V3QYs&feature=player_detailpage Great series on bikes cars even a plane(repeated by Quest)Last week Mark Evans built a Pilgrim Sumo Cobra with a Chevy small block V8, a guy down the road from here had a Dax one with the 350 engine.

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Classic and Sportscar has been going a long time - it's inevitable that the magazine will repeat itself (and with some of the original e-type articles being close to definitive...)

Although, I find myself a little tired of cars in general, there is a generation of younger readers who may not have access to the older articles and may appreciate a decent article on the e-type.  It might help if it was a "here's what we did with an e-type" rather than a pretty photoshoot and a bunch of re-hashed bits of history though.  Sure, toss the relevent facts in there but at least try to get the car somewhere it can be *driven*, which probably rules out much of the UK.  Given a huge market for the car was the US, why not drive one to Vegas or something?  Nice juxtaposition, period relevent, sure Vegas is probably overblown and overdone too but if you're going to do something overly familiar not all readers would be too jaded to see an "XKE Across America" article.  

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Yes agree. How many more E-type parties /events can there be.It would seem everyone has forgotten the Jaguar MK10 which also celebrates

it`s 50th birthday this year and the C-type being 60!!

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Well, I was starting to suffer from E-type fatigue until I saw a lovely, pewter grey metallic Series 1 fixed-head in Kingston yesterday evening and it looked stunning. It will always be one of the best-looking cars ever made...

Mind you, my money would go on an early XJ12 and a Gordon-Keeble instead – plus a load of (theoretical) change!

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No love for the XJ-S?  Part of the problem with me and e-types is that they were a bit old hat when I was growing up in the 1970s and the XJ-S looked like it was from the future rather than mired in the past.  I'd be spending my money on a nice SII XJ6 and a V12 XJ-S with plenty of change left over to keep 'em fed.

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Another Jaguar Anniversary which hasn't had much acknowledgement/coverage is the 40th anniversary of the first production V12 (in a Series 3 E-Type in 1971).

I do own the very first Jaguar V12 that ran on the road (a prototype "XJ13" quad-cam that was first tested in a Mk10 mule) but that was 6 years earlier in April of 1965. I shall have to wait a further 4 years for a noteworthy anniversary of that engine - its 50th.

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MrBenovich
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YES. Enough already. As pretty as the E-Type is (although I have never enjoyed driving them), let's do something else for a bit.

This year is also 100 years of Ford in the UK (cue the Escort MkI Twin Cam, Lotus Cortina - or is that not a Ford?, Cosworth features) and 50-years of the Mini Cooper - although the latter is also prone to overkill...

 

 

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E-type Chassis number 850018.The very first early car I owned at the age of 22.Ex Tommy Sopwith/Mike Parkes Equip Endeavour racing.The car

seen at Brands Hatch Paddock Club car park circa 1961.The reg number EE 400 still in the ownership of the Sopwith family now regiistered

616 AUF,however sometime in the 80`s it appeared with EE 400,but that was soon changed back to it`s correct number.The car was one of the

7 designated works ZP cars,by Claud Bailey and Lofty England,each car had a special close ratio gearbox as one of the special modifications.

 

 

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drubie wrote:

Classic and Sportscar has been going a long time - it's inevitable that the magazine will repeat itself (and with some of the original e-type articles being close to definitive...)

Although, I find myself a little tired of cars in general, there is a generation of younger readers who may not have access to the older articles and may appreciate a decent article on the e-type.  It might help if it was a "here's what we did with an e-type" rather than a pretty photoshoot and a bunch of re-hashed bits of history though.  Sure, toss the relevent facts in there but at least try to get the car somewhere it can be *driven*, which probably rules out much of the UK.  Given a huge market for the car was the US, why not drive one to Vegas or something?  Nice juxtaposition, period relevent, sure Vegas is probably overblown and overdone too but if you're going to do something overly familiar not all readers would be too jaded to see an "XKE Across America" article.  

 

If anyone ever puts this article together, I will gladly be the passenger providing emotional support to the driver.

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John, emotional support might just be in demand, especially for those Jaguar purists venturing across the pond. You just may find the sacred E-Type is not beyond the reach of the Customizer's welding torch- in the good old USA!