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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Philo426, Aug 1, 2021.
Especially in vintage 1/32 Strombecker form.
That brings back two great memories: E-Type Jags (never owned a real one) and slot-car racing (loved my Scalextric back in the day).
You Sir have aced it, the real ones were bluddy awful on corners especially the V12s, back end went round the corner but the front end carried on in a straight line, Jaguar went for looks which they achieved with some success, nice looking car & pulled the Totty
Worked in a shop on Fell st. San Francisco 1962
Was split between
Young transmission shop thief
Young body shop thief/acid head
Acid head bought an E type
The one piece aluminum front end kept getting crunched into/under San Francisco stuff...(streets of San Francisco)
He went through 5 of them puppies...
Being a thief he had Beau Coup cake...
Being as i tolerated their transgressions....
I too was thief
Guilt by association
Probably the best styled and most iconic autos ever made....
If you show a picture of a Ferrari 365GTB4 to a novice car person....they will have no idea of what that car is.....
BUT, if you show any person a photo of an XKE....95% of them will know the make and model.....and start to drool........
When it was introduced at the 61 Paris Auto Show,the great Enzo Ferrari dubbed the E Type one of the most beautiful designs he had ever seen.
I’ve been promised I can drive it if it’s ever back in one piece, but all I’ve done in the 8 years I’ve known the guy is help him take bits off!
Love the E-Type!
That design evokes great memories for me.
A person in my town owned one when I was a kid. I would watch it go by and think it was the most beautiful machine I'd ever seen.
Can't think of E-types without thinking of "Harold & Maude". Great film.
Next to a few other of Pinanfarina's magnificent works of art, like his '67 Alfa boattail Duetto Spyder design:
My favorite looking car of all time. Specifically the Series 1 with the curved glass over the headlights. And one of the few cars where the coupe was actually prettier than the convertible. As a kid I built an amazingly detailed Revell 1:8 scale model that had spring-loaded shock absorners and windows that actually cranked up and down, along with working steering and little wires running from the distributor cap to the spark plugs.
Remember its “Jag-u-ar” not “Jag-wire”!
Now you’re talking. I’d have that over an E Type every day of the week.
I’d had a lifetime of British cars, (MGB, Triumph, Cooper S, Daimler) and then one day I got to drive my bosses 75 Alfa Spider around Sydney for a few hours on a lovely summers day. What a revelation! It went like a bullet, stopped on a dime and cornered on rails (and I had a car load of girls squealing at me as I drove over the Sydney Harbour Bridge!). Pretty much the opposite of all of the British stuff I’d had.
I went straight out and bought an Alfetta GTV and I’ve had 11 other Alfa’s since then.
On the days an Alfa is running it's a fabulous car.
Momma, Momma please, no more jag-u-ars.
IMO it was designed when Jaguar was brave and bold enough to style an English car that was beautiful. They lost their nerve after that.
I, for unknown reasons, have a fascination with Alfa, Fiat, and those little screamer Abarths. There's a Fiat 124 Spyder in the family and we've got first option on it when my wife's cousin gets sick of maintaining it.
The old saying is that Alfa Romeo have made many a good driver into a good mechanic! I certainly couldn’t have afforded to keep my Alfa’s on the road if I had to have them fixed in workshops.
Having owned a Cooper S Mini, I’m pretty wary of super short wheelbases like the Abarth. When they do let go, they spin like a top! They look like a lot of fun though.
The 124 Spyder will be a lovely little car as long as it’s been kept under cover in a nice climate. Like 60’s and 70’s Alfa’s, they rust terribly. Post 82 Alfa’s had Zincanneal bodies. They don’t rust - there’s a little insiders tip for you!