DRIVEN (BUT MAINLY DROOLED ON): JAGUAR E-TYPE
PH takes a spin in a '60s icon and soaks up 75 years of Jaguar heritage
77 RW will grace the PH stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Once the seat squab was removed I did manage to cram myself into the cockpit for a few blissful miles around the lanes near Goodwood House in 77 RW, the earliest surviving open E-type. The car is in West Sussex because Jaguar is generously loaning it to PistonHeads to decorate our very own show stand at the Festival of Speed, where hopefully you'll come and visit us and be able to drool over it too.
In spite of its age (and an old-fashioned Moss gearbox that requires a sympathetic touch), the E-type still feels good on the road. Most notable during my potter round the lanes was the supple ride, which was comfortable even though with the seat out I was sitting on the metal floorpan. Oh, and the view over that elegant, voluptuous and utterly gorgeous bonnet.
an early drive in the 75th Anniversary XKR special edition, we were also invited to witness the company's starring role at this year's Le Mans 24hr preamble, where a selection of Coventry classics took part in the famous driver parade around the town before the race.
A cavalcade of Jaguar race and road cars took to the streets of Le Mans behind the racing drivers, and PH witnessed the amazingly warm welcome the locals afforded the cars from the luxurious back seat of a delightful Honey Beige Mk II saloon.
Jaguar Classics at the Le Mans Parade: