High on the list of cars I'd like to own someday would be a Jaguar E-Type. Preferably a coupe. Preferably right hand drive. Preferably in British racing green. Preferably a Series I from about 1965 or so.
Apropos of which, Autoweek has posted an appreciation of the E-Type that set the old ticker to palpitating once again:
Jaguar's stunning E-type defined 'car' for an American generation
You could start with the stunning good looks that make the Jaguar E-Type a permanent fixture at New York's Museum of Modern Art or with the style and character that defined an era. You could start with the technological innovation, the impressive performance or the value that the E-type's contemporaries simply could not match. ...
It's enough to say that at its unveiling in Geneva, no less a car guy than Enzo Ferrari called the E-type “the most beautiful car ever made.” Clearly, the people who created the E-type had some innate grasp on the dynamics of visual pleasure. ...
There's no science to measure precisely the E-type's impact on car culture in America or on the culture at large. We'd quite arbitrarily estimate that each of the 72,000 E-types was responsible for creating 10 or 20 Jaguar people and 40 or 50 car people whose tastes, demands and outlooks were shaped by this piece of modern art. If you're still reading, you're probably one of them.