Ultimate Garage 2.0: Car #8

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

– Bernard Baruch

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Baruch’s remark has some relevance for today’s Ultimate Garage 2.0 selection. Make “purists” may not like the pick, but this is my Ultimate Garage. Enzo Ferrari may have called the Jaguar E-Type the most beautiful car he had ever seen, but my preference is for the Jaguar F-Type Coupe both in terms of looks and the fact that an automatic transmission is readily available.

 

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The top photo of a 2016 F-Type is from autoevolution.com; the bottom photo of a 2015 model (had to show one in orange) is from bestcarmag.com.

I mean, just look at them! A picture is worth a thousand words.

Of course, I would have to have the SVR spec, which is powered by a 5-liter/305 cubic-inch supercharged V8 producing 575 HP/516 LB-FT of torque. Oh, did I mention it’s all-wheel drive?!

I configured an F-Type SVR on Jaguar’s website. (Yes, I chose Madagascar Orange, which was not a cheap option at $4,900.) I was a little miffed that some things one would think should be standard in a car of this caliber—like a universal garage door remote—are extra-cost options. I have no idea whether or not Jaguar dealers let customers negotiate the price as standard practice. Accepting the website price as given this car would cost about $135,000. Hey, no used cars for this era automobile unless I am really buying it like my 2016 Corvette Z06. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

I expect some pushback from Jaguar purists. That’s OK.

 

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4 thoughts on “Ultimate Garage 2.0: Car #8

  1. I fell in love with the F-Type Coupe at the 2014 auto show in Philly… sex on wheels… I told my friend, Andy, who had known my father, that dad would roll over in his grave if I were to buy a British car (dad was German, incidentally, a big MB fan). Andy told me that Jaguar was now owned by Tata Motors, an Indian company… how’s that for irony, the Brits used to own India… beautiful car all around and I still look at the used market. The V8 is not available with a manual transmission, which was a must have when I bought my 911, however, I think I might prefer the V8 Jag with auto. Definitely one of my all time favorites.

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