Micropost: Jaguar E-type 4.2

The colour is original and is very attractive. 

Jaguar E-type 4.2
Jaguar E-type 4.2

What caught my attention is the very sharp corners of the shutlines: bonnet and door. Would rounded ones as on aeroplanes not have provided greater strength? The owner of this rather grand vehicle runs an XM as a daily driver, as far as I know.

Author: richard herriott

I like anchovies. I dislike post-war town planning.

3 thoughts on “Micropost: Jaguar E-type 4.2”

  1. Is that a contrived way to tell us you’re a lucky E-type owner?

    The sharp corners might be a structural problem for the Jaguar’s skin. Are cracks in that region a known issue for this car? On the other hand, I can see why one would do that. At least for the trailing corner of the bonnet and the leading corner of the door, it provides an optical continuity that might get lost with too large radii. The rear end of the door might still be more rounded, though.

    One thing that surprised me here was the chrome strip on the door with its extension to the rear wing. Is that a standard item or a custom addition? I never noticed it before.

    1. The E-Type body was never properly tooled, so it was made up of small pressings welded together and lead-loaded for a smooth finish. Some suggested a good percentage of an E-Type’s body weight amounted to the amount of lead they used. Also, owing to use of a bolted-on tubular subframe which acted as a chassis member as well as mounting the engine, suspension and steering, the E-Type shell wasn’t as stiff as a full monocoque would have been. This may have had a bearing on decision to have sharp corners, but it’s more likely to have been a whim of Lyons’. He liked neat edges.

      The car Richard photographed is a Series 2 2+2 model, which had a revised front screen with a steeper rake. The chrome trim was a feature of all 2+2 E-types. It masked the area immediately beneath the side glass which looked expansive and unsightly once the wheelbase was lengthened. It’s actually a good way of identifying a 2+2, although front-on you cannot miss the extra height in the canopy.

      The colour by the way is ‘Primrose Yellow’ – it suits the car well.

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