I bought an E-type once. A good friend who is a psychiatrist came over to
see my new toy. He explained the psychological attraction of sports cars to
me. He said, “Men buy sports cars to compensate for other ‘shortcomings’.
The cars are typically red, long, and powerful and we get them out once a
week and wax them…” I cut him off and suggested that he was simply
jealous of my XKE (which, BTW, was blue, not red). He agreed and apologized
for his lame attempt at discrediting my motivations.
He had forgotten that he fed me the same story years before when I bought a
So you can tell your friend that he is compensating for other shortcomings
or you can admit that you’re jealous. Either way he’s probably going to
keep the E-type.
I sold mine because, although it is a beautiful design, I never warmed up to
driving it. I’d much rather wrestle with the XK.
1957 XK-140 OTS-----Original Message-----
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of
Sent: Sunday, September 11, 2005 3:35 PM
Subject: [xk] My friend is going over to the DARK side. What can I do?
Oh what can I do?
My friend, XK owning, XK restoring, XK driving friend, has GASP!
purchased an E-type. There! I’ve said it. The awful truth is
there before us.
OK, the new vehicle, (I cannot bring myself to apply any other name
to that slinky seductress) is black on black in black. It’s even
shiny. It purrs like a XK, Idles like a XK, Overheats like an XK,
but does it have soul like an XK? But will it leave him lonely on
a dark stretch of highway like an XK? Will it cost him his life
savings and THEN leave him on a dark stretch of highway?
I know, I know, friends don’t let friends drive Chevvys. But
what’s a friend to do when a younger, more athletic, slinky, faster
and arguably more modern temptress catches the eye (and other
parts) of a formerly wise and realisic gentleman?
We ALL know that the temptress is after his wallet, his home and
probably his firstborn. But what’s a man to do?
Advice from the list is welcomed.
What must I do to bring my wayward friend back to the fold?
Roger, 1954 120 DHC BRG, S678300
Tamarac, South Fla., United States
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