In the U.S. and Europe, we classic car enthusiasts are a lucky bunch. If you have the means, you can grab the keys to nearly every desirable vintage ride imaginable, ranging from wood-wheeled runabouts from the early 1900s, all the way up to the newest carbon fiber hypercar. In other countries (and continents), the pickings can be far slimmer. In the newest episode of Petrolicious, a passionate Jaguar E-Type owner in Peru discusses the hardships of finding and owning a classic in South America.
An architect by trade, Miguel Rodrigo knows good design. The Peruvian aficionado cherishes his 1964 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, calling its curvaceous appearance something that everyone finds beautiful. “I’m an architect, and I’m very design-oriented. I think it’s a classic that everybody likes; you don’t need to be a car aficionado to like this car,” says Rodrigo. He might have his classic, but it isn’t always easy to find interesting cars in Peru.
According to Rodrigo, in the 1960s, the South American country “had cars from all over the world.” When a dictatorship seized power, the influx of foreign cars was nearly severed. In order to import an E-Type, Rodrigo petitioned and worked to change portions of the importation law, and eventually, won the right to bring classics into the country.
Don’t assume Rodrigo locks his E-Type away in the recesses of a dark garage. The architect was a co-founder and winner of a Peruvian iteration of the famed Cannonball Run held in the U.S., a race that bounced from border to border of Peru.
Take a look at Rodrigo’s 1964 Jaguar E-Type Roadster in the video below.
All photos courtesy of Jeremy Helsup for Petrolicious