Yesterday at the New York Auto Show Jaguar staged a historic rally of classic E-Types to celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary. DRIVEN, the only website invited to participate in the momentous occasion, sent dashing designer Duncan Quinn to take the wheel….

In 1961 Enzo Ferrari called the E-Type “the most beautiful car ever made”; some would say it still is. Back when shag was something you put in your pipe and smoked, the XKE was already going to get you laid.

Austin Powers made it Shagadelic, but the 3.8L straight six engine in the original white-walled, push button-startered E-Type would propel it to nigh on 150 mph.

People still ogled, women went weak at the knees, and guys momentarily lost interest in the Ferrari F430 barking brashly by

That was Bugatti Veyron land back then. If Creed could bottle it, it would smell of cross ply tires, leather, petrol, cigars and a smudge of red lipstick.

So having driven one around more than my share and marveled at how easy it is to hustle along in, I agreed to go check out a gaggle of beauties at the Auto Show as Jaguar celebrates the E-Type’s 50th.

People still ogled, women went weak at the knees, and guys momentarily lost interest in the Ferrari F430 barking brashly by as we motored down the West Side Highway.

“Make way”, spoke the Jag, “Make way, for I’ve a three martini lunch to attend with a particularly fine filly” – and strangely enough everyone did.

– DQ

Photos © Maxine Nienow

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