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The 'Most Beautiful Car Ever Made' Looks Like A Tongue

Illustration for article titled The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made Looks Like A Tongue
Photo: Greg Gjerdingen (Flickr)

The Jaguar E-Type was an incredible car when it debuted in 1961. It had disc brakes, independent suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and monocoque construction that made it lightweight and resulted in great performance, especially for a car as inexpensive as it was. It was called the most beautiful car ever made by Enzo Ferrari, and it routinely tops automotive journalist’s lists of best-looking cars.

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I disagree.

I’ve never understood why anyone would call it the most beautiful car. The hood is about a foot too long behind the wheels and it has a sad, drooping front; a front that ends with a face that looks obtuse, like it has no idea what is going on. The whole front of the car looks like a tongue sticking out. It looks like it is always saying “bleh”.

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The rear wheel arches are too bulbous and the fender drops too far down the wheel. The long, sloping roof of the coupe helps balance the hood a bit, but the roof is too tall and the windshield rake is so high that the side windows look square and comically big. A 2+2 coupe was added in 1966 with small back seats and a lengthened and heightened passenger area that made it look even worse.

Illustration for article titled The Most Beautiful Car Ever Made Looks Like A Tongue
Photo: HarmenAG (Wikipedia)

Compare this to other sports cars of the time like the Aston Martin DB5, the Toyota 2000GT, or any Ferrari 250. All far better-looking cars.

1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta
1961 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta
Photo: Softeis (Wikipedia)
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Those cars were more expensive, but I don’t understand how anyone in the late 1960s could have looked at an E-Type and a Corvette and walked away with the E-Type.

Toyota 2000GT
Toyota 2000GT
Photo: Moto “Club4AG” Miwa (Flickr)
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Now I’m not saying it’s objectively a bad looking car, nor am I saying anyone is wrong for thinking that it is beautiful. We are all entitled to our opinions, no matter how disparate and unhinged they might be. I am merely saying that I do not understand how anyone could come to the conclusion that it is the most beautiful car in the world.

And also it kind of looks like a floppy tongue.

Matt Brown is an automotive engineer, writer, and builder of unconventional things. Mostly vehicles.

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