Happy 50th Birthday!

The Jaguar XKE, designed by Malcolm Sayer (1916–1970), was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1961.

Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made”.

The Museum of Modern Art recognized the significance of the E-Type’s design in 1996 by adding a blue roadster to its permanent design collection, one of only two automobiles to receive the distinction (the other being a 1946 Cisitalia 202 GT)


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15 comments for “Happy 50th Birthday!

  1. March 7, 2011 at 20:17

    I saw one in the softest pink once. A very white shade of pink with ‘The Pink Panther’ cartoon on the bonnet.

    It looked surprisingly stylish.

  2. March 7, 2011 at 21:08

    Why surprisingly?

  3. WitteringWitney
    March 7, 2011 at 21:10

    Actually driven one of those, got lent one for a few days – a beast indeed!

  4. March 7, 2011 at 21:11

    Very stylish indeed πŸ™‚

  5. March 7, 2011 at 21:21

    What a beauty still 50 years on.

  6. March 7, 2011 at 22:03

    Not unlike some women.

  7. March 7, 2011 at 22:05

    Do you have some examples πŸ˜‰

  8. March 7, 2011 at 22:14

    Lips must remain sealed.

  9. March 7, 2011 at 22:20

    I thought that would be the case πŸ˜‰

  10. March 7, 2011 at 22:24

    And very comfy to sit in too. What’s not to like?

  11. dearieme
    March 7, 2011 at 22:50

    And yet within a few years people would point at an E-type driver and say “His **** must be very small”.

  12. March 8, 2011 at 06:15

    I want one.

  13. March 8, 2011 at 09:33

    I met a couple in Epernay yesterday who were overnighting on the way back from the E-Type 50th anniversary event in Geneva (where it was first launched). It’s not the most beautiful car ever made any more (my Granturismo is) but looking at theirs I have to agree it’s still stunningly attractive. What a shame Jaguar didn’t give it a name as sexy as its looks. Maybe we should come up with one now? It’s only 50 years late. The Thrust XL perhaps.

  14. March 8, 2011 at 09:58

    Thrust? Beautiful?

  15. Patrick Harris
    March 8, 2011 at 17:31

    Adam Faith (wish you wanted my lurv — boyby) was one of the first of the “Pop Stars” to obtain one, I recall a photo, on the front page of a national newspaper, of him sitting in it, or rather the front half of it, it had broken in two as a result of trying to occupy the same space as another road user.
    What struck me at the time – he was smiling.

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