“This car should be in a garage, not on the street,” said one passerby. The girl he was with was beaming, snapping pictures with her iphone, saying this was her dream car. I couldn’t have disagreed more. With the guy, I mean.
The story of the E-Type has been told a thousand times, XKEs make magazine covers all the time, calendars and tumblr updates overflow with pictures and descriptions of these old Jaguars. This feels like the silver age of the E-Type.
Yet all of the poster cars and published histories lack the visceral impressions of seeing an XKE in person, parked among the mundane cars that fill up an ordinary street. In pictures it is hard to get a sense of how the coupe’s cabin rises turret-like from the low, broad roadster body. In pictures it is hard to appreciate the swelled sides of pre-Series III cars.
When you take an XKE out of the garage and free it from its heavy burden of appreciation, your fellow people can see their Jaguar fantasies returned to them. XKEs seem especially full of dreams. Down in SoHo so many people seemed to forget other things and dwell on this car’s form. It was like the Jaguar was speaking to them, reminding them of classic aspirations of having a nice car.
The dappled shadows waving across the car probably played an important part in this repeated theater, as did the fine warm weather and the happy shopping crowd. There is certainly something to the XKE itself that makes people love this little car.
So why then be selfish and cruel and keep a Snow White like this forever asleep in a garage? Let it shine and roar down the street, because it brings some joy to people on the street. How could that man say this car should be stored away while the lady next to him so openly laughed and smiled because the owner had done just the opposite?