Royal Mail Auto Legends stamps. If you haven’t heard about this, it is the limited edition of stamps from Royal Mail to congratulate the iconic cars of British automotive industry. Personally, I am not a stamp collector but when I saw these stamps on internet, I was really excited to see them live.
Hopefully, Royal Mail was very kind to send me. However, the sending process was totally different from what I thought. Honestly, I was expecting to receive the stamps via Royal Mail special delivery inside an envelope. And Royal Mail thought that, it is a bit boring way to delivery the stamps and they decided to use a red Jaguar E-Type for the delivery. I am not joking, Royal Mail arrived to my home with a red Jaguar E-Type to deliver these stamps. However, the story did not finish here!
The stamps were not inside an envelope, they were inside a bespoke made engraved red toolbox. Literally, this was the best PR campaign I have ever seen. The whole process was fantastic and left a great memory to remember in future.
Anyway, let’s go back to British Auto Legends stamps. The stamps feature; Jaguar E-Type — 1961, MG MGB — 1962, Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow — 1965, Morgan Plus 8 — 1968, Aston Martin DB5 — 1963, and Lotus Esprit — 1976.
And the prices for British Auto Legends stamps start from as low as £5.64! And it will be a great collectors’ item in future. For the record, never send me an email to buy these stamps in year 2053. I am pretty sure that, I will at least a half-century and instead asking to buy the stamps from me. Go and buy them now :)
You can buy the British Auto Legends stamps from Royal Mail’s online store.
Jaguar F-Type, the latest Jaguar! Jaguar revealed the F-Type as a contemporary interpretation of the iconic E-Type. E-Type features one of the most iconic designs in automotive industry. No one can deny the beauty of the E-Type and that’s why I wanted to see the F-Type in real world.
F-Type is a quite important for Jaguar to keep the momentum of the performance. That’s why Jaguar is paying attention to F-Type. As a result of the über attention to Jaguar F-Type, I visited a Jaguar dealer to see it.
Jaguar F-Type does look very beautiful, it resembles with the iconic E-Type. And that’s why many people are interested on the F-Type and there is a long list of waiting. However, when I get inside the F-Type, the things did not go that well! Unfortunately, Jaguar F-Type does not represent any engineering improvement inside the cabin. There are too many plastic parts, the navigation and user interface are still out-dated, the gaps between the panels are too much for its segment. Unfortunately, these are the real facts and my benchmark for in automotive industry is the Audi and Porsche. Their engineering ability inside the cabin is outstanding and when you sit inside an Audi S8 or Porsche 911, and move to Jaguar F-Type, unfortunately you may experience the same feelings!
Jaguar designs beautiful cars, however I cannot see the same level of attention details inside the cabin. In order to sustain in premium car segment, they have to improve their cabin interior quality to give a premium feeling. People who can afford to buy a Jaguar F-Type can easy buy a Porsche 911 and they can spot the different inside the cabin.
Despite these adverse situation, Jaguar F-Type S is powered by a 3-lt V6 Supercharged engine with 380 HP and 460 Nm of torque. Engine is coupled with 8-speed automatic gearbox and only needs 4.9 seconds to reach 100 km/h. Also F-Type S makes amazing exhaust noise! For many people these things are more important than the interior :)
And I am sure that Jaguar F-Type is a very driver focused and engaging car to drive.