With its impressive on-road abilities and drop-dead gorgeous looks, it’s hardly surprising that ’60s celebrities were soon lining up for their very own E-type. According to Jaguar’s publicity department, one of the first orders came from French femme fatale, Brigitte Bardot. British pop star Adam Faith was also an early E-type owner, as was Dave Clark (the tub-thumper in the popular Dave Clark Five group) who featured his white roadster on the cover of the band’s Catchusifyoucan album. Beatle George Harrison was also an E-type owner along with Carryon comedian Sid James. Of course, race drivers were attracted to the E-type — owners including our own Bruce Mclaren, Innes Ireland, Mike Hailwood and land-speed record breaker, Donald Campbell. Interestingly, when ITC was starting to develop Thesaint TV series — scheduled to star a young Roger Moore — the producers approached Jaguar with the idea of kitting out the lead character, Simon Templar, with a white E-type coupé. However, with the E-type in such demand Jaguar felt that a free loan of a car to the TV series was out of the question — and, reputedly, Jaguar’s boss, Sir William Lyons, was not a fan of commercial TV. Instead, Templar found himself in a Volvo P1800. Realizing the folly of their earlier decision, when Thesaint was revived in the ’80s with Ian Ogilvie in the lead role, Jaguar supplied a white XJ-S for the star.