The Car: 1967 Jaguar E-Type
The Owner: Sean Weir, Oakville
The Story: Like so many vehicular love stories, this lifelong passion flamed early and hot. In this case, the object of affection was a Jaguar E-type, and the besotted victim was young Sean Weir.
Weir was in high school when he first laid eyes on the Jag. A friend of his father’s took him for a ride in a V-12 model and Weir instantly felt its love bite.
“I thought the E-Type was the most desirable car ever made,” he says.
The desire never left him.
Years later, he started looking for his boyhood dream car. His search ate up many long hours on the Internet, took him to British Car Day in Oakville and led to “attempted purchases” from owners in Newmarket and Caledon before he finally found his sweetheart: in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
He bought the car on New Year’s Day, 2009 — now that’s how you ring in a new year! — and immediately began making modifications through master craftsman and British car expert John Keen of Oakville’s Cheshire Motors. Keen became an invaluable source of knowledge and moral support, as well as a friend.
Sadly, Keen passed away about two months ago, but Weir thinks of him often and says he owes him a debt of gratitude.
“He made the car an even better driver and it runs beautifully, thanks to him,” he says.
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