I guess there's a first time for everything. I know the XKE is considered a classic by many, but beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and I'm not beholding this thing:
Slide that greenhouse forward 24" and we might have something.
As for the skinny wheels, I think the thing I dislike the most is how deeply "tucked" the wheels and tires are. I realize that wasn't unusual (at least until '59 when Pontiac touted its "Wide Track" cars), but this borders on silly. Maybe it's for tire clearance with the low ride height, but I don't find the tucked, skinny tire look all that beautiful:
To each their own.
I would behold that coupe as I was site-seeing in San Juan last month and no sooner did I turn off my camera aand put it away, did this drop-dead gorgeous XKE Coupe pull up to the stoplight. It was in a light gunmetal silver and just an awesome lookin' car.