What a nice cutaway of my favourite 'E' Type. I have to admit that - shock horror! - the 'E' Type does not have the same effects on my visual pleasure centre as it does for so many people. The first time I saw one, a metalic grey coupe parked outide 'The Highlander' pub at the end of Greys Lane, where Jim Allington had his studio, Jim and I walked down to have a look. It was certainly impressive, especially in those days, but we both felt that there were 'flaws', and my view has not changed even with a dose of nostalgia. However, the Lightweight Coupe! How much better, a stunning car.
I have not seen this cutaway before, I like it very much, it looks so much better on its background than my 'D' Type does - I was never happy with my effort, and the graphic element is sadly lacking. I think J.J.Francoise specialised in F3000 cars, there were lots - or so it seemed - of cutaways of them in the '80's, all with the trademark 'mirror' background. Apart from liking them at the time my abiding memory is thinking "All that extra work!" Where is he now?
What intrigues me is that he must have had a similar run-in with Jaguar that Ray Kilhan, who's KK Jigsaws concern is the reason for the cutaway in the first place, and I had. They were very iffy about any Jaguar logo's being used, in the end grudgingly allowing us to use the old racing logo. It was as if they wanted nothing to do with their heritage. Eventually Goeff Lawson, as Head of Styling, had one framed and hanging in his office at the Jaguar Tech. Centre, albeit with that rather dated border trimmed off!