This gorgeous sports car is cared for by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, based at Gaydon, Warks, with more than 140 cars in the collection on display (jaguarheritage.com).
Registered on February 24, 1961, the 150 mph 3.8 litre ‘straight-six’ cylinder Series 1 open two-seater was one of two E-Types used to give demonstration drives at the Geneva Motor Show, where the car caused a sensation at launch.
Pippa’s E-Type, reg no 77 RW, is owned by Michael Kilgannon, who put it on permanent loan to the Trust.
Old wave: Pippa and James drive off in the classic E-Type after their wedding last weekend
Their website notes: ‘The E-Type attracted many celebrity and VIP owners, from the world of motor racing and showbusiness, as well as Royalty.’
‘Two Jags’ Pippa arrived at her wedding with her father Michael in the open-top 1951 Jaguar Mk V drophead coupe.
Also on duty was a vintage Mk IX Jaguar transporting Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
By George: The young prince waves from the window of a vintage Mk IX Jaguar as he and Princess Charlotte arrive Drophead gorgeous: Pippa arrives at her wedding with her father Michael in an open-top 1951 Jaguar Mk V drophead coupe The range starts at £9,450, but I drove a fetching, fully-loaded top-of-the-range 1.25 GT-Line S at £13,950.
- Jaguar is launching its fastest ‘road legal’ car, an XE Project 8 created by its special vehicle operations division, powered by a 600 bhp 5-litre V8 and limited to 300 units. It comes as Jaguar Land Rover chief executive Dr Ralf Speth won the top honour in Autocar’s motor industry Oscars for transforming the company with award-winning cars.
Eco marathon: Countdown’s Rachel Riley
Electric car drivers will soon be able to ‘fill up’ at Shell filling stations. Shell will open its first electric vehicle (EV) charging post in the UK in July under the banner ShellReCharge, with nine more to come this year.
The first charging post will be at Whyteleafe service station, between Croydon and the M25. Shell’s Make The Future Live festival is on at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, until tomorrow.
Countdown’s maths expert Rachel Riley launched the Shell Eco-marathon, involving futuristic fuel-efficient vehicles from 170 university teams. Go to uk.makethe future.shell.
British car design received a £7 million boost this week with the opening of the National Transport Design Centre at Coventry University, which aims to boost skills and develop new vehicles.
- There are exciting times ahead for British sports car maker Lotus, which, along with its Malaysian parent company Proton, has been snapped up by Chinese car-maker Geely. Geely already owns the UK’s London Taxi Company, building electric cars in Coventry, and Sweden’s Volvo.