Starpower

New Zealand Classic Car - - FEATURE CAR -

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.

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