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Driving design: Yacht designers on the cars that float their boat

Driving design: Yacht designers on the cars that float their boat

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Terence Disdale

Superyacht designer

What are the cars you admired growing up?

The Jaguar XK120 and D-Type Jaguar.

What are your favourite marques?

Jaguar and Aston Martin.

What do you particularly like about the cars you own?

Primarily I love their shapes, however the six-cylinder engine in the XK120 is an amazing basic machine that can be powered up and modified from the original 180 to 345hp, which says a lot for its core engineering.

Which car encapsulates style or classic design?

The E-Type Jaguar.

When do you drive your cars?

On special occasions like the Goodwood Revival or similar car fest get-togethers. My XK120 does not have a roof and I love the wind in my hair!

Which designers or film stars are the icons of the car world in your eyes, or sparked your love of car design?

Icon wise it has to be Steve McQueen in Bullitt driving a Ford Mustang. Not only was he a great actor, he was also a very competent race driver.

If your garage was on fire, which car would you save?

Common sense would say the most valuable but that would not be the one I love the most. I guess I would save the one that starts on the button!

Where do you like to drive?

The country roads around Yorkshire are amazing. I would love to do a tour of the west coast of America.

How has superyacht design influenced the car world?

I don’t think yacht design has influenced cars but we could teach car designers not to make dashboards that reflect in the windscreen.

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