Thursday, 10 March 2011

The Olde Favourite - Jaguar E-Type #850216

Like the humble Renault 4, the E-Type Jaguar celebrates it's Golden Anniversary this year.

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When the E-type Jaguar was launched in 1961 Enzo Ferrari could afford to pay the car a compliment by describing it as 'being the most beautiful car in the world', because he knew his own cars were generally lighter and had more powerful aluminium motors.

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The E-type was a direct descendent of the three times Le Mans winning D- Type with an 3.8 litre / 231 cui evolution of the same iron block straight 6 double overhead cam XK6 motor.

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This 1961 Series 1 model was delivered to Jaguar agent, Dumbuck Garage, run by Mr & Mrs Stewart parents of the marginally more famous Jimmy Stewart and younger brother the now infinitely more famous Jackie Stewart.

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While the car was on the Dumbuck Garage demonstration fleet carrying the registration plate FSN 1 Jackie Stewart got married to Helen and was photographed sitting in this car with his bride on their wedding day.

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Subsequently Jackie drove the car to several victories in 1962 which led to his first professional contracts with Ecurie Ecosse and John Coombs for 1963.

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Allegedly this vehicle is known as "The Olde Favourite" in Jackie Stewarts family and is currently owned by Michael Wilkinson.

I hope you have enjoyed `The Olde Favourite' edition of "Gettin' a lil' psycho on tyres" and that you will join me again tomorrow. Don't forget to come back now !