I was very pleased to find a Corgi Jaguar E-Type 2+2 at Drybridge Market today. It cost me just 22 lari ($12.74), which is cheaper than the DeAgostini E-type in my collection (30 lari = $17.37).
The E-Type may have been the first supercar to enter my consciousness. In my Ladybird Book of Motor Cars (1968) it was the second fastest car (150mph/240km/h), only the Maserati Mistrale (155mph/ 248km/h) was faster and unlike the Maserati, I had seen a few E-types on the road.
The E-Type has a phallically long bonnet. The car was an icon of sixties motoring, the car ranked number one in the Daily Telegraph‘s list of the most beautiful cars in the world. For the American market the car was known as the Jaguar XK-E.
Even Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made.”
Another British Sports car of the time with similar performance was the Aston Martin DB4. The Jaguar was cheaper and less exclusive than the Aston (70 000 E-Types were produced compared to just 1 210 DB4s).
I now have three E-Types in my collection and wouldn’t say no to any future acquisitions.
The Corgi model features an opening bonnet, doors, hatchback and tipping seats. I would particularly like the Matchbox model from the sixties. I’m sure I had one when I was a child.
Dinky also produced a version, although personally I prefer the Corgi model.