Jaguar's entry into this year's Mille Miglia is a perfect example of the experience, capturing the glory of the cars that once set world records and awed the world.
Though many of those cars are now in better shape than they were even when new, the hand-painted driver names on the doors, the classic racing numbers, and, of course, the lines and sounds of the cars themselves, gives a sense of what it was like to live and race in another era.
But don't take our word for it. Watch the video and get a taste of your own.
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