When it comes to selecting a Father’s Day gift this year I found myself desperately in need of direction on what theme to go for.
But something car related always seems like a safe bet. So with 15th June fast approaching I decided to go down the motoring route.
The car that caught my eye when browsing the web was the Jaguar E-Type. There was certainly much to read and admire about this beautiful car which The Daily Telegraph listed first in its 100 most beautiful cars hall of fame.
Confirming its long lasting appeal, it wasn’t that long ago the 50th anniversary of the E-Type was marked by the erection of a quite stunning sculpture of the car made out of steel tubes located at the Goodwood Motor Show. And very appropriately the E-Type also takes permanent pride of place at New York’s Museum of Modern Art too.
I then came across a commemorative stamp celebrating half a century of this iconic motor with 10 stamps detailing many of the cars elegant features including the 72 chrome spoke wire wheels and its quite gorgeous dashboard.
Containing some fascinating facts about the history of the car itself in the commemorative sheet, I had a quick peak. I learnt that, unsurprisingly, ever since it made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type has had many admirers including Enzo Ferrari who claimed it to be ‘the most beautiful car ever made’.
One look at the car and it’s not surprising to realise why it remained in production for 14 years and was Europe’s first mass-produced sports car.
Further investigation then revealed previous owners of the car to be 60’s icons themselves including Steve McQueen, George Best and Brigitte Bardot. Quite apt I thought considering that the Jaguar E-Type is such a stunning car with a distinctive shape, a perfect companion for a sixties heart-throb.
So presto Father’s Day gift is ticked off the list! I’m anticipating next year I might well have be looking into a Jaguar E-Type driving experience, well if that’s the case I’ll certainly be coming along for a test drive too!
|Image courtesy of Top Gear|