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  • I‘m six foot two and I never had a problem

    • by Andrew HN Gray

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      There can be few (if any) cars that are more iconic than the E-Type Jaguar. There were several models of this British classic, including both hardtop (‘fixed head’) and open-topped (‘drop-head’) types. The engine power varied too. However, I am going to discuss one model here. It is the 1.8 litre, fixed head E-Type Jaguar (pronounced ‘Jag -you-are’ in British pronunciation) produced with British weather in mind, no doubt.

      The fixed head E-Type was less iconic than the drop-head version, but it was still a show-stopper. Many is the time that I parked my Old English white E-Type (with a red leather interior) and went

      shopping, only to return to find a crowd staring into her interior, looking for I don’t know what. People remember you when you have – or when you have had – an E-Type, even decades later! It’s like being a film star!

      What points are there to note about an E-Type?

      Fuel efficiency – forget it. It has a thirst like a dredger and swallows fuel like water. Still, if you can afford to look after a lady with expensive tastes, like an E-Type, you should be able to afford it.

      Electrics – terrible. It kept on conking out. I kept a matchbox in the glove compartment ...

      • to sand the connections down, so that it would start again.

        Road-holding – terrible. In the wet, she just kept on going in whichever direction she was already heading.

        Brakes – awful. You’d be better with an anchor attach to a heavy-duty chain.

        Leg-room – not bad. I‘m six foot two and I never had a problem. The engine compartment is very long, of course.

        Comfort – fine. The seats were great. I’ve mentioned leg-room. The rear seat was deigned for legless dwarves to sit on.

        Heating – great. Not so good in summer though. You just got heated by the engine, whether you liked it or not.

        Acceleration –

        absolutely phenomenal! She takes off sideways if you aren’t careful, she has so much torque. I raced a new car and got to 135mph before the back door blew open and almost blew her off the road. I had only got the accelerator about half-way down.

        Girl-pulling power – incredible – rather like being Warren Beatty, I suppose.

        Looks – unsurpassed. Police cars would silently pull up beside me and the motorway cops would say, “Swap you!”

        Conclusion – if you have a spare £20,000 to spare, don’t drive in the wet, want to have an amazing sex life, be remembered by everyone and possibly die young, get one!

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