The London Telegraph's list of 100 most beautiful cars: #1
Jaguar E TypeDel Stewart

Jaguar E Type: 100 Most Beautiful Cars of History, 1 (Click for Info), the London Telegraph 100 Most Beautiful Cars of History, number 1, the Jaguar E-Type. 

The trumpets sound, the heralders herald, the flourishers flourish.  We have arrived, after more than 100 days, at the number one spot on the Telegraph's most beautiful cars of history list.  

There are some cars on this list with which I have a bit of an issue, as I'm sure we all did ( democracy can be a b**ch, can't it?), including number two.  But this one is in its proper place.  

Almost exactly as old as me, I have to admit that it holds a visceral place in my car-consciousness. When I was four or five years old someone gave me a slot car set with two cars, one of which was an E Type (the other?  no idea).  The E Type, in its toy form, was the first car in the world that I looked at as an esthetic rather than a mode of transportation I only really saw from the inside.  

As with all perfection, it is imperfect.  Jaguar was never able to get a hard top on it without making it look a little like a basketball shoe.  They tried a 2+2 version and gave it back seats, which made it look like a basketball shoe for a huge foot.  The windshield was always too big for the car, and if you look at a hardtop from the front eighth, its side looks kind of like a bus with glass slapped up against it. But you get the feeling that if someone tried to fix those slight imperfections, the gods of beauty would be furious at you for attempting to climb a design mountain where only they're allowed to go. Therefore, officially, I would change not a thing.    

Except the Series III U.S. bumpers.  True, Jaguar designed a car with bumpers that couldn't really bump anything without doing huge amounts of damage.  When the "Five Mile Per Hour" rule came into effect in the early 70's, the only thing Jag could do was fit it with huge rubber protuberances that made the previously mentioned gods cry and wail and throw stylish thunderbolts at the rule makers.  

And then it went away. The ones that had been made were all that were ever going to be. The rest is silence.  Except, you know, for the sound of V12 cat engines in the distance.     

Manufactured in three series, with hardtop, softtop, and 2+2 hardtop variations, identified in the captions.