Autoart's Jaguar captures the E-Type's glamor, its shape and its exotic nature in detail, which is only fair for a model that lists at $245.90.
Is it worth that? Yes!
Start with the parts count. There are 516 metal and plastic parts, with more than half of those being metal plus 24 photoetched and 61 chrome-plated parts. For instance, all grilles and air inlets and outlets are photoetched, including the radiator.
The stainless steel wheels have hand-installed spokes for the wire wheels, similar to CMC models that easily cost $150 or more. The Jaguar's door handles, windshield frame, wipers, bumpers, and headlight frames are chrome-plated and well-detailed to give the model an authentic look, too.
The finish is exquisite, from the glossy silk red paint scheme to the beautifully executed fit for the forward-opening hood, the doors, and the side-opening rear hatch. The gas-filler door opens to reveal a chrome gas cap, and the glass-enclosed headlights — an E-Type hallmark — look realistic. Also impressive is the delicate chrome metal trim that extends straight up the hood from the headlights.
Autoart produces a sharp engine bay with proper piping, wiring, and detail; underneath, the car features a detailed suspension. You probably won't look at either of those too often, though, as this model looks best with the hood down to reflect its sleek lines.
Inside, the black interior is nothing short of spectacular, with real leather seats. You read that right — these are not molded plastic. I appreciate the finely detailed dash gauges, too. Think how much work that is when you're crafting a plastic model. This diecast model also includes a chrome shifter and parking brake lever.
The Jaguar's large wood-look wheel with its three-spoke metal sport hub is impressive too, complete with holes in the hub's spokes. Very sporty!
In back, the cargo area looks like black leather with silver ribs to facilitate loading and unloading. I only wish there were a couple of leather-sided suitcases or duffels back there, or maybe a helmet bag.
Collectors who appreciate groundbreaking automotive design and fine diecast model finish will want an Autoart E-Type Coupe. The hardest choice may be deciding which color to buy.
Jaguar E-Type Coupe Series 1
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