Jaguar E-Type (XK-E) Named Most Beautiful Car In (London) Daily Telegraph Survey

James Raia

no.1jagSeveral friends have owned or currently own Chevrolet Corvettes. But given the choice, it might be the last car I’d select on The (London) Daily Telegraph’s recently announced list of the “100 Most Beautiful Cars.” I’ve never been a Corvette guy. Among those who appreciate classic automobiles, I’m in the minority, however, particularly among respondents to the London newspaper’s recent survey.

Its readers picked the Corvette as the 15th Most Beautiful Car, two positions ahead of the Austin Healy 3000 and one position behind the Alfa Romeo P3 8C.

Still, there’s no doubt the Corvette is fascinating and legendary. And it holds its own on the newspaper readers’ top-20 list that includes four Ferrari and four Jaguar selections and three Aston Martin offerings.

Throw in a Bugatti, Mercedes Benz, Lamborghini and a fine-looking Citroen and the top-20 is a remarkable list of automobiles.

The has been counting down the newspaper’s top-100 in 20-car increments and it’s now time to announce the vehicle selected as the “Most Beautiful.”

Of course, it’s the Jaguar E-Type, often called the Jaguar XKE.

According to Telegraph editors, the Jaguar received four times as many votes as any other car. The Jaguar XKE is also the car, upon its debut in 1961, Enzo Ferrari called the “the most beautiful car ever made.”

Here are the top-20 cars on the Daily Telegraph’s “100 Most Beautiful Cars” list.

20. Ferrari GTO
19. Bugatti Type S7
18. Ferrari 250 GT SWB
17. Austin Healy 3000
16. AC Cobra
15. Chevrolet Corvette
14. Alfa Romeo P3 8C
13. Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing
12. Jaguar MKZ
11. Jaguar D-Type XK-SS
10. Ferrari 250 GTO
9. Lotus Espirit
8. Aston Martin D89
7. Aston Martin D84 GT Zagato
6. Aston Martin D84/5/6
5. Lamborghini Miura
4. Ferrari Dino 206/246 GT
3. Jaguar XK 120/140/150
2. Citroen DS
1. Jaguar E-Type (XK-E)


Article Last Updated: March 17, 2008.

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