It started the Z car revo­lu­tion that con­tin­ues al­most half a cen­tury on and when I first laid eyes on it I thought it a bet­ter looker than an E-Type Jag, though I had my sus­pi­cions it was a copy of the pommy clas­sic.

A teacher, Mr Ed­wards, ar­rived at my school in his gleam­ing white ex­am­ple and im­me­di­ately won ku­dos from ev­ery stu­dent with an in­ter­est in cars, of which there were many. Af­ter fall­ing for its looks thanks to Mr Ed­wards (who on week­ends raced a Bol­well Na­gari), I had a drive of one and it didn’t dis­ap­point. It had a good turn of grunt thanks to the twin Hi­tachi-carbed 2.4-litre six in its snout, did a rea­son­ably good job of stop­ping and wasn’t too bad at scoot­ing through cor­ners. And I loved the sports seats, dash lay­out with the an­cil­lary gauges hav­ing their own hous­ing and the three-spoke steer­ing wheel.

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