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"Wie E und je"

A report about the Vicarage Jaguar E-Type,
first published in the German car magazine
auto motor und sport, Issue 12/1990.

Translator's notes.
The Report, including all pictures
from the original article.
Plus a few more ...

Copyright notes.

Translator's notes.As I am not a professional translator, please forgive me if I could not keep the very particular character of the German language text, originally written by Wolfgang Koenig. It contains a few games with words, as well as a number of expressions, which everybody can find in his own language - these are very hard to translate without losing the feeling of the respective language.
The headline "Wie E und je" is a good example: The German letter "E", loudly spoken, suddenly gets the meaning of "formerly", thus "playing" with the age of the most beautiful car in the world, which comes alive again in this article. Maybe one could translate the headline the like "The E - as Ever and Ever ..."

Special thanks to the author Wolfgang Koenig,and Fabian Kaufmann from the editorial office of "auto motor und sport" in Stuttgart, Germany, who was extremely helpful in obtaining all original colour slides ( ! ) from the ams archives (a search, nearly eight years back in space and time ...), and giving the permission for publishing this translation on The E-Site.
Wolfgang Koenig also gave further advice regarding my translation, as Hans-Michael Mohr did, who restored my own '66 E-Type 2+2 Series I from April 1996 through September 1997 (well, there's still a little bit left ... ;-)

Text in Italics stands for translator's notes.


It looks sensational, even today.

The aubergine colour of the car, as it's standing here and now at the Hockenheim Motodrom (famous German Formula 1 race track), makes it even more imposing. Flanks and hood vault like the muscles of a steroid-loaded bodybuilder. In your memory it has more small-time and high-heeled wheels. But this one crouches with legs wide apart above the ground.

Obviously an extraordinary Jaguar, but even more remarkable is the occasion of its appearance. This E-Type is not a coddled oldtimer, posing in front of the photographer's lens, and then packed up again in cotton wool. Completely on the contrary: This car is here to be tested. First test of the Jaguar E-Type, model 1990. The E is brandnew, just runned in at this time. And it's real - no lame magic from the garage of any copy maker.

However, this E-Type is not being manufactured by Jaguar. The responsible signature comes from Vicarage Classic Car Company in Bridgenorth, Shropshire (U.K.), not unknown to the readers of "auto motor und sport" magazine. Since many years, Vicarage takes any effort in reviving of past time Jaguar cars (see ams issues 24/1988 and 25/1989). Such a birth follows rules of iron there. Each car is being assembled part by part. New parts - as far as available - are just a duty; other parts being restored completely uncompromising. In the end you have a classic car, which has never been built as perfect like that by Jaguar. Only the chassis number remains the same, thus sparing the obstacles of legislative power. Because this is for sure: An E-Type, compatible to today's procedures of licensing, would be another car. In between there would be 25 years of car development.

However, Vicarage does not want to withhold a little bit of this development to the home-made E-Type. They trust a lot in originality, but not in underdeveloped safety of driving, weak brakes, and avoidable lack of construction. The so-called Gran Turismo package contains relevant improvements - doing justice to style, but effective.

The redevelopment concentrates on the technology, mainly on the chassis.








(End of the article):

The specific charm of this E-Type remains untouched. It is raw, wild, and made of yesterday. It is hard to resist, even the price does hardly sober. All in all, the Vicarage Jaguar costs DM 269,500 (price of 1990 => abt. US$ 149,700 at today's exchange rate of DM 1.80/US$), including nine month of work after all.

But even this corresponds to the motto of this car: Too much is just enough.

(Author: Wolfgang Koenig)

CopyrightThe E-Site and this English translation: (C) 1997, 1998 Stephan Perthes, Darmstadt, Germany.
Copyright "Wie E und je" (original German text and all pictures): (C) 1990-1998 auto motor und sport, issue 12/90.


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