The 2010 Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard celebrated the golden anniversary of the Jaguar E-type, called ‘the most beautiful car in the world’ by none other than Enzo Ferrari when it was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 1060.
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It regularly still tops lists of the most desirable classic car thanks to its timeless styling by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer and which took inspiration from the earlier, Le Mans winning, C-Type and D-Type Jaguars. The E-type never recreated its forebears racing glory but it was a huge hit for Jaguar, on sale for 15 years in three different generations and in two-seater, 2+2 and convertible guises. Its engines went from a 3.4-litre straight-six to an enlarged 3.8-litre before the Series III was fitted with Jaguar’s then new 5.3-litre V12.
There was surely never an E-type like the one created as the Central Feature for the 2010 Festival however. Designed, as are all the Central Features, by sculptor Gerry Judah, the 28-metre tall installation was constructed of a series of steel tubes installed by a bridge building firm and weighed a total of 150 tonnes.