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Enzo Ferrari on the Jaguar E-Type

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  1. Smiles

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    I've read multiple comments attributed to Enzo Ferrari concerning the Jaguar E-Type. They range from il Commendatore saying that the E-Type is the prettiest car ever, to him saying that the E-Type would put him out of business.

    My problem: I never heard these stories before the internet, and I'm inclined to think that they're acrophical.

    Does anyone have any further insight?

    Thanks!

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    If Enzo was looking at a Hardtop Roadster.............he was completely correct.
     
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    To have made the comment he did, he could only have been looking at a FHC!:D

    I rest my case:

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    So...

    I've read through the Gino Rancati book. It's good. Not outstanding. Definitely a product of the time from a man who rubbed elbows with Enzo and wanted to capitalize on the fact.

    But I can find no mention of Jaguar at all

    If anything, Enzo Ferrari was completely distracted in 1961 -- the year of the E-Type debut -- by the exodus of eight of his top directors. He lost Chiti, Bizzarrini, Galassi, Della Casa, Giberti, Tavoni and two more that year alone.

    Chiti and Bizzarrini alone would be tragic losses. Imagine losing six more.

    Enzo wasn't worried or even thinking about the Jaguar E-Type.

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    There is an older thread on Ferrari Chat that sort of asks the same question:

    https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/enzo-ferrari-the-jaguar-e-type-is-the-most-beautiful-car.524310/

    The conversation goes off in all kinds of directions (of course) but there is a reference to a reference on Wikipedia (so it must be true) that dates back to a magazine article from 1964 (see post #5 in the older thread). I do not have a copy of Classic Car Review 1964 to see what the article says.

    I have every other year, just not '64.

    (That last bit is, of course, a lie and a :))
     
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    Thanks for that!

    I think it’s completely apocryphal. It never was said.

    And the 1964 article would have to have quoted its source. He wouldn’t have waited a few years to deliver that opinion. Or waited to deliver any opinion. He was Italian!

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