Get to see ‘sexiest’ car of 20th century

Bobby Cheetham

ONE of the most beautiful cars in the world, that’s not only my opinion, but also that of Enzo Ferrari and Angelo and Kathy Zenios – and one of these icons will be at this year’s Herald World of Wheels Motor Fair.

“A great deal has been written over the years about the E-Type Jag but the statement that stands out above the rest, is that this car was voted the sexiest car of the 20th century,” Kathy Zenios says.

First unveiled at the 1961 Geneva auto show, the Jaguar E-Type shocked the world and quickly catapulted to iconic status.

“Its drool-inducing design helped sell more than 70000 cars from 1961 to 1975. The fact that it went faster than a Ferrari for half the price didn’t hurt either,” Kathy says.

“With its sleek bonnet, sloping rear window and all-over streamlined appearance, she is a beautiful car to behold.

“And she growls – with a 4.2 litre engine, triple twin carburetors and a straight six set up – she develops 269bhp (200kW); a massive achievement for 1964! This E-Type could do 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and had a top speed of 240km/h,” Angelo Zenios says.

Enzo Ferrari said of the E-Type that it was the most beautiful car ever made; massive praise from the master of beautiful cars.

“At £2250 when it was first sold, this car was a revelation. Producing three times the power of its nearest rival but costing a third of the price.

“From the poster on your wall as a child, this dream became a reality for many enthusiasts,” Angelo says.

“This particular car has taken me over two years to fully restore to its original specifications, as it came out of the factory. It is an ongoing project and you can never say you are finished. All the original parts are available but have to be carefully sourced.

“I managed to get the majority of my parts from XK Engineering in the UK. If you want to buy a fully restored (nut and bolt restoration) Series 1 E-Type Coupe today, it will cost in the region of R1-million. The roadster is closer to R1.5-million. A great investment if you can find one,” Angelo says.

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