The Paris Motor Show is held only every other year — so in celebration of the 2010 show starting later this week, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite Parisian debuts from years past.
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Did You Name Friday’s Jaguar?
The photo was hazy, but kudos to those who identified last week’s car as being the 1957 E1A — an experimental vehicle that led to the legendary E-Type.
It’s unknown exactly how the name came to be, but the E1A project, born in 1957, was Jaguar’s first stab at designing a replacement for its XK range. The aluminum-bodied roadster sported similar construction to the D-Type racer, although its rear suspension — an independent design — was a break from the D-Type’s live rear axle.
Jaguar also cobbled up a second prototype, the E2a, although the design was modified slightly for racing purposes. Headlamps were fitted, the windshield and windows reshaped, and the entire rear of the car was given a rotund shape in an attempt to improve aerodynamics. It ultimately raced at the 1960 24 Hours of Le Mans courtesy of Briggs Cunningham, who also fielded a trio of Chevrolet Corvettes — one of which managed to eke a class victory at the event. The E2A still exists to this day, although the E1A was scrapped by the factory.