Ali Sadrieh is a man who lives in the present. From his cutting-edge podiatry practice in Los Angeles to his love of all things tech, he believes there has never been a better time to be alive. It is this very love of all things digital that inspired him to own an “analog car”: the iconic and rare 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 — which incorporated the lines and smaller bumpers of the Series 1 but improved engine cooling and improved seats from the Series 2. He found the car in Colorado thanks to an eBay search and brought what he “dreamed of owning as a kid” back to LA. During a quick tune up at the local Jaguar mechanic, Ali discovered that exact car had belonged to a man who lived only a few miles from his home; the mechanic there had been the one to service it from day one.

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We met when an Instagram search for #Etype turned up number of beautiful images of his. Turned out Ali (@Evodoc) had been a fan of Gear Patrol for a few years, and when I remarked how beautiful his car was he responded. We began a conversation to make this video happen. Lucky for me, he lives not only in LA but within a few miles of my house, so we set a time and got together to grab a spot of tea and talk shop. After an hour of covering everything from “kids these days” to the inevitable rise of the robots and, of course, the automotive world, the keys were handed over and I took what Enzo Ferrari called “the most beautiful car ever made” for a spin around the neighborhood to experience why Ali so loves this machine… this machine that “tries to kill you.”

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