Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Why is the E-Type's 50-Year-Old Design Still So Good?

Why is the E-Type's 50-Year-Old Design Still So Good?: "


If you ever run into someone that's a better-looking version of a person you had a crush on in high school, you can't help but be enthralled. Similarly, I'll always do a double take when I see a Jaguar E-Type, as my first car was a used Datsun 280ZX (not the exact one in the photo above, alas), whose predecessor 240Z owes a widely-acknowledged styling debt to the E-Type.


I'm not the only one who finds the car attractive, of course; the E-Type is one of the few vehicles in the MoMA's permanent collection. We wrote a more descriptive piece up on the E-Type last year, and here's a video of Paola Antonelli discussing the car's ellipse- and algorithm-based design in depth.

Popular Mechanics recently asked four car experts—Ford's J Mays, Chrysler's Ralph Gilles, Tesla Chief Designer Franz von Holzhausen and walking car history encyclopedia Jay Leno—what it is that makes the car so special. Read their answers and see some beauty shots here.


1 comment:

  1. I love the e-type - I'm not a big car buff but it is one of the few everything about it is perfect maybe only the Aston Martin DB5 comes close.