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The Jaguar E-Type celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. And it seems about that long now that its rebirth has been in the making. Or at least the rumormill.

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A staple vehicle at Irvine, California's Cars and Coffee, this Jaguar Lightweight E-Type was heading north on Interstate 5 when it was involved in an accident. Cited in the article as a "1968 Jaguar," this car is either a Lightweight E-Type replica or the article has the year wrong. Regardless, it's a beautiful machine, and you can see it in its pre-smashed state on The Car Lounge.

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Jaguar 75th Anniversary at Pebble Beach – Click above for high-res image gallery

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Austin Powers' Shaguar E-Type – click above for high-res image gallery

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Grace and pace and something else - click above for high-res image gallery

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Eagle E-type Speedster - Click above for high-res image gallery

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Click on the image above for high-res gallery of Tim Knowles' Jaguar E-Type art plotter

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Speculation is still big buiness at Jaguar: the leaper could be going upscale with a Daimler revival, going potentially diesel with the XK, and there's the never-ending rumor of something like an F-Type. Now, finally, a few pieces of fruit have fallen from the guesswork tree: Jaguar has filed trademark papers for the terms C-XE and C-XJ.

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We feel bad for the other reader rides that had to go up against Chuck Goolsbee's well-known 1965 Jaguar E-Type. Not many cars can compete with the E-type in a popularity contest, and this week's poll proved just that. Chuck's Jag easily earned the honor of RR of the Week by capturing 44% of the vote (758 votes). Murden Mitten's 1968 BMW 1600 gave the Jag a decent fight, and any other week could have found itself atop the podium, but this week it earns second place honors with 30% of the vote (5

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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.

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