1966 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

Jag postNoted R&T columnist Henry Manney said it best on the debut of the E type in 1961: “The Greatest Crumpet Collector Known to Man.”

Nothing before or since has equaled the E-Type’s stunning design and power for the dollar. From every angle, the E-Type grabs you by the heart strings and won’t let go. There’s not one bad line, not one element out of place.

The Series I E-Types from 1964 to mid point 1967 were simply the best of the breed. Torquier 4.2 engine, syncro gearbox, better brakes, more leg room – yet nothing to detract from the model’s original clean design. From late ’67, the E-Type morphed into Series II status and became diluted with smog controls and safety mandates that killed those stunning glass-covered headlamps and toggle-switch dash. I wouldn’t walk across the street for the Series III V12. The earlier 3.8 E-Types possess their own unique charm.

I acquired my ’66 in 1983 around the time I left corporate America to launch my first publishing venture. The Jag was in mostly original condition including the rare fiberglass hardtop. Despite the engine running like a cement mixer, she still made a big impression on the passing lane. Winter of ’83-84 saw the engine in out for a full rebuild. By summer 1984 she was back online running in top form and for many years to come. Though tired in the cosmetics department, she fit like an old shoe.

Fast forward to 1993 at the debut of Mobilia Magazine, something had to pay for that first big mail drop so it was time to let go of my beloved Jag. I’d buy another in a heartbeat, probably a fixed head in unique colors, original interior, body colored wires. One red convertible is enough for one lifetime!

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