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From the moment my father showed me a newspaper cutting in 1961 describing the unveiling of Jaguar's latest car, I have wanted an E-type. I was six years old and the best he could do was to take me to see one at the local Jaguar dealership, Henly’s in Chester. Fifty years later during a visit to Oulton Park to attend the Gold Cup meeting, the most famous E-Type roadster of them all passed by and parked no more than 100 feet away.

 

The car Norman Dewis drove through a March night all those years ago on the orders of Sir William Lyons, to get to Geneva in time for the launch of the E-Type at the Geneva Motor Show, was just a few feet away and I had to take a closer look.

 

It was great listening to owner Michael Kilgannon describe several stories about the car while mentioning that John Coombes the well respected Jaguar dealer of the day once owned the car.

 

At one point, Michael opened the door and asked me to sit behind the wheel - he didn't have to ask twice.

 

It was this experience that inspired me to make every effort to realise a dream and become the owner of a car I had wanted for most of my life.

 

A few weeks later after seeing a car advertised online, I made a phone call to the dealer and the long wait was finally over.

 

Do I look like I am enjoying myself? Answers on a postcard please.

Yours truly with the delightful Michael Kilgannon and his very famous car.

Granted it's not a series 1 but my budget couldn't stretch that far, nonetheless it was love at first sight when I saw Jagger in the dealers showroom sitting alongside some illustrious company.