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Quite the Getaway Car: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Vintage Jaguar E-Type

Quite the Getaway Car: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Vintage Jaguar E-Type

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left the luncheon after their wedding at Windsor Castle, the newlyweds drove off in a vintage Jaguar that looked straight out of a James Bond movie.

The silver blue Jaguar E-Type was first manufactured in 1968, but last year Jaguar Land Rover revealed they converted the car to run on electric power. They created what it called the E-Type Concept Zero, a zero-emissions version of what Enzo Ferrari once dubbed “the most beautiful car in the world.”

The electric model is quicker than the original E-Type—going from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour for those more familiar with miles) takes just 5.5 seconds, which is about one second faster than a Series 1 E-Type.

When Prince Harry's older brother wed Kate Middleton in 2011, the newly named Duke and Duchess of Cambridge left Buckingham Palace in a vintage vehicle that belonged to Prince Charles.

USA Today reports that the 1969 Aston Martin DB6 MK2  Volante was a gift from the Queen and Prince Philip for his 21st birthday.

When Pippa Middleton married James Matthews last year, the couple drove off in a 1961 E-Type that is reportedly the oldest in the world.

A love of vintage, luxury cars must be a family affair. Although our invitation to the royal wedding was lost in the mail, the BluePrint Engines team is hoping for a ride in that vintage Jaguar someday.


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Ferris Bueller’s Iconic “Day Off” Turns 32

Ferris Bueller’s Iconic “Day Off” Turns 32
John Hughes’ feel-good film about a teen faking an illness in order to skip school and spend a carefree day exploring Chicago in a “borrowed” Ferrari turns 32 this year.

Starring Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara, the film remains a beloved classic. Chicago even celebrated the movie’s 30th anniversary with a three-day Ferris Fest that recreated events from the film.

Here are some fun facts about the infamous Ferrari used in the film:

● Hughes’ original script called for a Mercedes but went with a replica of a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT instead and used a real Ferrari for close-ups.
● It took four weeks to build the replica cars.
● They were powered by a 1963 289 ci V8, which was good for 195 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
● The chassis of the models was a rectangular steel tube frame that came from Indy car maker Bob Webb.
● Matthew Broderick couldn’t drive a stick shift, so one of the replicas had an automatic transmission just so he was able to drive it.
● Alan Ruck, who played Cameron, told the media that the model cars were “universally hated by the crew because they didn’t work right.” The scene in which Ferris hands over the car to the garage attendant who ultimately takes it for a joyride had to be shot more than a dozen times because the model wouldn’t start.
● One restored replica car sold for $235,000 at auction in 2013.


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A Superior C10 Fleetside, With a BPE 350

A Superior C10 Fleetside, With a BPE 350

First cars are special. But for classic car lovers like us, classic cars are almost like a member of the family. We loved reading this story from our friends at the HotRod Network and thought we would highlight this excerpt:

Art Ybarra was 18-years-old when he got his first job working at the Magma Copper Mine in Superior, Arizona.

He noticed this 1972 Fleetside beauty at a used car dealership in a less than attractive shade of green and white with a huge camper on the back. It was on sale for $2,700 and was his first automobile purchase.

In the early 1980s, life happened and he ultimately sold the truck to raise money for a house. Fortunately for him, his brother Frank accepted Art’s sales terms that allowed him to buy it back if it was ever up for sale. That day came 26 years later and he bought it back but in rough shape.

Its condition didn’t matter much to Art as he had frame-off restoration plans. He started by stripping it down to the frame and began distributing parts.

Later on, he added a BluePrint 350 crate engine that produces 310 horsepower and 360 pound-per-foot of torque and a 700-R4 overdrive transmission.

House of Kolor Candy Brandywine paint was applied that is just the perfect finishing touch. Art’s car was even awarded a “Coolest Paint” recognition by Patrick Peterson of the Arizona Cardinals at a local car show in the first eight months since restoration!

It’s a beautiful car, Art! Thank you for trusting BluePrint Engines with your classic car.

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