• Sep 27th 2006 at 9:51AM
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Regular Autoblog readers will recognize Chuck Goolsbee's name almost immediately. It's not uncommon to find Chuck weighing in on various topics in our comment threads, and those of you who've taken the time to click on his name are probably familiar with Chuck's blog, in which he details his exploits behind the wheel of his '65 E-Type Jag. That car is today's RR of the Day.

Chuck's dad restored the slinky cat as a retirement project. Once it was done, he and Chuck then ran it in several vintage rallies, including the New England 1000, which they completed three times. As Chuck tells it, the good times came screeching to a halt when the car suffered flood damage in Houston, TX. The restorer they contracted afterward made life miserable for Chuck's dad, who began to seriously consider just selling the Jaguar.

In what he calls a "momentary lapse of reason," Chuck stepped in and bought the car from his dad in 2003. Since then, he's brought his sons into the fold, getting them hooked on the hobby as they turn vintage rallies, autocross events, car shows, and good old road trips into family affairs.

When Chuck made that decision to buy the car from his father and keep it in the family, it became more than just a car. It became an heirloom -- the kind of thing that brings family members together for generations to come.

It's simply beautiful, Chuck. Thanks for sharing it with us.

If you'd like to see your own ride featured here, simply upload photos of your ride into our Flickr group. We select one image to highlight each week day, and on the weekend let you vote for the RR of the Week. Detailed instructions can be found after the jump.
Chuck Goolsbee's '65 E-Type Jaguar
Chuck Goolsbee's E-Type JaguarChuck Goolsbee's 1965 E-Type Jaguar
Chuck Goolsbee's '65 E-Type Jaguar
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Flickr account if you don't already have one. Search for and join the group called 'Autoblog RR of the Day'. Upload up to three photos of your ride to your own account at a size no larger than 450 pixels wide if possible and include as much information about it and yourself as possible. Even if your ride is sweet, it will not be chosen if there's not a lot of info accompanying it. Click on each photo and just above the picture it will say "Send to group". Click that and select the Autoblog group. You're done, that's it!

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I have always believed this E type was the sexiest car ever designed. Simply beautiful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      that car is magnificent. With or without rack.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Anyone else want to go with naming the XK-E as the most beautiful car, ever? I can even forgive the toast rack on the trunk of this one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Stunning, especially the steely blue-grey that goes so well with the mountains and snow backdrop. What a great combination of looks and technology, with a visceral appeal that just produces this urge to stare longingly. My grandfather had the coupe version, in eggshell white, but unfortunately sold it to get one of the first 240Zs...a shame. Glad to know that you are keeping such a treasure in the family (and willingly displaying it to the rest of us, despite our envy and lust!)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chuck, truly a beautiful example of what a car should be. Thank you for sharing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Chuck...that's an awesome car, plain and simple.

      +1 on the Most Beautiful Car Ever. The E-types were plain and simple a benchmark that hasn't been met since.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thanks guys. I'm happy to answer any questions you may have about this car, so ask away. Part of being a caretaker of a classic is sharing it, so if you want to know anything, I'm here to answer.

      As for the luggage rack, given that the Jaguar's "boot" is just slightly larger than a FedEx envelope, (and surprise!... stuffed with tools & spare parts!) and we routinely rally and drive the car for full week-long trips, the rack really is a necessity, sorry. I don't even see it anymore ...except when I stop for a "beauty shot" and hastily pull everything off of it. IIRC there is a photo from my last road trip with it loaded on the flickr page. Plus: The Colorado State Patrol bag must always gets bungied to the top of the pile to ward off tickets. ;)

      • 8 Years Ago
      My owns and drives a 72 V12 Roadster in dark red. He bought it new. When they came out they really were one of the most advanced, it took it most direct competitor, Corvette, another three years to match it's independent suspension and disc brakes. In the 60's Corvettes and Jaguars were essentially the same price, roughly 7000 dollars in 1970. The Jag would have cost much more to produce if it was built in America, way more complex structurally than the vette , but the American dollar was strong back then.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Easily one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Two weeks ago, I attended the British Car day just outside of Toronto ( http://www.britishcarday.com/ ). There was an entire row of restored XK-E's - all with their hoods opened. What a sight! BTW - the British Car Day had 980 cars entered.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Now that's an RR of the day!
      • 8 Years Ago
      beautiful car

      i think the best part of it is that it gets out on the road where it ought to be.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Another great worthy RR of the day! Keep it up and we can forget the goofy RR of the day from a few days back.
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