Stretching the Legs of an E-Type in Oregon's Wine Country

January 25, 2021

Last Friday, I started the weekend a few hours early and headed out for an afternoon cruise on a sunny winter's day. My friend Keith let me take the wheel of his '71 E-Type which was my first chance to drive it on open roads. A more voluptuous car is hard to imagine with its sleek curves, a cockpit that is a constant reminder of another time and the soundtrack that only a V-12 can provide.

The primrose yellow Jag was built for exactly this purpose, and it was privilege to use it as intended. As Keith wrote about on his blog, this particular E-Type has an automatic transmission. Perhaps if I was on my own I would have enjoyed grabbing the gears and communing a bit more with the V-12, but this was about a lovely country drive with a friend. We maintained a great conversation and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery the entire time. It was a joy!

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