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Jaguar E-type: Buying guide and review (1961-1974)

Jaguar E-type: Buying guide and review (1961-1974) Classic and Performance Car
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The greatest motor car of all time. The most iconic classic car ever. Sensational. Unique. Ahead of its time. Take your pick. Every description is fair. The Jaguar E-type is still lauded decades since its launch at 4.30pm at the Parc Des Eaux Vives in Geneva on 15 March 1961. 
 
The E-type stunned the world with its futuristic and curvaceous styling, its advanced mechanical specifications and real world price of £2256. To say that the automotive press was shocked at the first sighting of the E-type Jaguar is an understatement. The Malcolm Sayer design was simply unlike any motor car ever seen – achingly beautiful but clearly also absolutely functional. 
 
The design, engineering and creation of the E-type was one of the greatest steps forward for the automotive industry in the decade. Men and women are shallow creatures when it comes to judging by appearances, and the E-type has that kind of immediately accessible sex appeal that will never go out of fashion. Even the Italians were impressed: Enzo Ferrari reputedly called it ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ – though one suspects that, like most great quotes, this one may not be entirely reliable. 
 
Great looks, fab engine; shame about the brakes, seats and gearbox. OK, that’s being slightly harsh, but despite the fantastic vision of the design, the E-type's execution was flawed even by the standards of 1961. The brakes were discs all round – good – but they weren’t up to keeping a hard-driven 140mph-plus E-type in check – bad. The simple bucket seats were not terribly comfortable and there wasn’t enough room for taller drivers, while the Moss gearbox was as slow and obstructive as it had always been in previous XKs. Of course, all of these issues can be – and in most cases have been – improved today. 
 
The independent rear suspension was a genuine innovation that gave the E-type a comfortable ride and superb roadholding. And that was a key reason why E-types could be raced, and win, straight out of the box, as drivers such as Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and many more immediately proved. Jaguar’s reputation for building cars that really shifted without rattling the occupants’ fillings started with the E-type.
 
With looks, pace, power, engineering and heritage, the Jaguar also offered an extra quality – relative affordability. While Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche et al had worthy rivals, they were much more costly. That price differential has remained; a superb E-type can now be valuable, but an equivalent DB4 or 250GT will cost rather more.
 

Which E-type to buy?

 
It’s easy to overlook the differences between the various iterations of E-type, but they’re highly significant. Buy the wrong car and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. Also, don’t get taken in by the glamour of the roadster when the coupé is more affordable and actually sweeter to drive and (subjectively, of course) better looking. 
 
Generally, the earlier the E-type, the more desirable and therefore expensive it is. Later cars do offer something more of a relaxed GT experience, while the earlier cars are the more sporting and focused driving machines. Which one you go for really depends on how you intend on using your classic Jaguar, or more probably how much you actually want to spend. 
 
There’s also the question of originality. The E-type is one of the most receptive classic cars to upgrades, and most cars will have received a few modifications along the way. If you’re not too fussed about the car retaining every original detail, then there are many new parts that can improve reliability, performance and drivability. A few companies also offer cars ready built to more modern usable standards, such as Eagle. 
 
Original right-hand-drive cars are a lot rarer than you’d think. Around 85 per cent of production was exported, so many re-imported cars have been converted from left-hand drive at some point. Not a problem if done correctly, but you should ensure the car you’re looking at is what it claims to be. Check it has the correct engine and that it’s not a roadster, which left the factory as a coupé. The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust is invaluable in providing details of the car’s original spec. 
 
If the car does need work there’s no need to fret about parts availability, because everything is available to revive an E-type, just be careful to work out how much money you will actually need to spend. With the right tools and enough time, a competent home mechanic can tackle just about any job that’s likely to crop up, but it can actually be more cost effective to find a solid example to begin with. 
 
Most desirable models are the earliest ‘flat-floor’ 3.8-litre Roadsters, although all Series 1 E-types are valuable. The engine was increased to 4.2-litres in 1964, along with the introduction of a much friendlier synchromesh gearbox. The 2+2 was introduced in 1966, but the styling remains a little unloved to this day.
 
The Series 2 models brought in a few more changes, including slightly less attractive open headlights, but also a bigger grille, improved cooling and better brakes. There is also the Series 1.5, which bridged the gap for about a year, and these featured the less desirable headlights but also none of the major upgrades associated with the S2.
 
As the most affordable, the Series 3 is worth consideration. By the time it was launched in 1971, the E-type had been in production for a full ten years and, while the Series 2 was an upgrade of the Series 1, the Series 3 was an entirely different animal.
 
The venerable XK twin-cam straight-six was replaced by a mighty V12 of 5.3 litres, in the process of which the sporty E-type grew up to become a civilised grand tourer with more space and comfort. Yet some Jaguar enthusiasts were dismayed. ‘Soft’ and ‘fat’ were words sometimes used to describe the Series 3 and, yes, it is longer, wider and heavier than previous E-types. But the magnificent V12 engine is a gem that stumps out a useful 276bhp and 304lb ft of torque – leading figures of the day, and much more than the equivalent Mercedes-Benz SL or BMW 3.0 CS could muster.
 
As the V12 is constructed of aluminium, the Series 3 weighs only about 100kg more than the Series 2 and the independent suspension is much the same, so suggestions that it had become fat and soft are erroneous: it’s actually more powerful and faster than previous E-type iterations. Of course, the S3 has power steering as standard and most have automatic transmission too, but find a rare manual, fit some uprated dampers, check the cooling system is up to muster and that the tyres are up to pressure – then blow the doors off  earlier E-types with easy disdain.
 

What about the Lightweight Jaguar E-type?

 
How did Jaguar make the E-type quick enough to keep up with (and even beat) the racebred GTO? Simple. It added lightness. Only two years after Jaguar launched the road car, it followed the precedent set by John Coombs’ racing prototype. When the 12 factory Lightweights appeared, they all employed a much lighter aluminium alloy main body tub, as well as 18-gauge aluminium bonnet, doors and bootlid. Result: the E-type shed around 120kg compared with the standard car – actually making it lighter than the 1078kg of the Ferrari.
 
More power followed too, thanks to Lucas fuel injection for the newly dry-sumped engine, which also featured an aluminium block in place of the heavy iron one of the standard car’s, while the race-bred D-type donated its cylinder head. The Manufacturers’ Championship rules changed from sports cars to GTs in 1963, opening the E-type up to a racing world dominated by the GTO, the Chevrolet Corvette and soon the Shelby Cobra. Don’t go looking for headline wins at Le Mans and Sebring in the Lightweight’s racing history. Instead, this car became a class-winning privateer’s dream, outpacing the Ferrari and the ’Vette over shorter distances.
 
Unfortunately, those alloy-block engines were prone to overheating, so the long-distance races of the Lightweight’s era remained the preserve of its rivals while Jaguar developed the stillborn mid-engined XJ13 racer. 
 

Performance and specs


Engine  3781cc, in-line six-cylinder
Power 265bhp @ 5500rpm
Torque 260lb ft @ 4000rpm
Transmission Four-speed manual
0-62mph 6.9 seconds
Top speed 149mph
Fuel consumption  17.9mpg
Price when new £2098
 

Dimensions and weight


Wheelbase            2438mm 
Length 4375mm
Width 1657mm
Height 1225mm
Weight 1234kg
 

Common problems

 
• The 1961-1971 E-type’s iconic XK unit is renowned for its durability as long as it’s looked after. Capable of giving 150,000 miles between rebuilds, the straight-six isn’t especially stressed unless regularly thrashed – and few owners drive hard.
 
• Get it up to temperature before testing; listen for any knocks or rattles. Check for oil leaks as well as exhaust smoke; expect a few wisps on start-up, but things should soon settle. Once fully warm, look for at least 40psi on the pressure gauge with the engine turning over at 3000rpm.
 
• Make sure the cooling fan cuts in on tickover. If the temperature gauge needle keeps climbing, the engine may well have overheated once: evidence of a blown head gasket is white ‘mayonnaise’ on the oil filler cap. If the motor is smoking badly or it’s very rattly, it’ll need total rebuild.
 
• The V12 that arrived in 1971 is an all-time great; properly kept it’ll do 200,000 miles. Poor maintenance leads to overheating, so idle the engine for a few minutes and watch the gauge. Harshness points to previous overheating having distorted the long block and heads. These are alloy, so anti-freeze must be maintained otherwise internal corrosion is guaranteed, leading to a less-efficient cooling system that ensures even worse overheating.
 
• Low oil pressure at idle isn’t a problem, but check for at least 45lb (preferably 55lb) at 2500rpm. Leaks are common at the rear crankshaft seal; once it’s failed, a full rebuild is needed. Cars that have been run infrequently are especially likely to suffer from this, as the seal dries out then wears more readily.
 
• The V12 has 20 rubber coolant hoses; the replacement of perished ones is very involved as the water rails and carbs have to be removed. They must also be to the correct reinforced spec; the coolant system runs at 15psi (earlier E-types are just 4 psi).
 
• The original rubber fuel lines will now be brittle, while the Zenith-Stromberg carbs go out of tune when their diaphragms perish. Rebuilt carbs are the best solution; there are four at £350 each. Incidentally, the V12 happily runs on unleaded, as hardened valve seats were factory fitted.
 
• E-type gearbox and driveline issues? There’s little to worry about here, but listen for clonks that signify worn universal joints or whining that betrays a dodgy diff. Fixing the former is straightforward; the latter is less easy and rather more costly. 
 
• Gearboxes are also strong, but the recalcitrance of the Moss unit on 3.8-litre cars is legendary. It’s noisier than the later one, too, so don’t expect a ‘box that’s especially easy or pleasant to use, particularly when selecting first or reverse. 
 
• Most V12s have a three-speed Borg Warner Model 12 auto, yet the Jaguar four-speed manual is more sought after. They’re both durable, but the latter can suffer from weak synchro on second and third; check for difficulty selecting gears when cold. 
 
• If ratio changes are jerky on the auto, or there’s any slipping, a service involves fresh fluid, filters and band adjustment. For an overhaul, budget £1100. Clutches, diffs and driveshafts are durable, but check for vibrations, clonks or whines.
 
• What about the suspension, steering and brakes? Jack up each wheel and rock it diagonally, feeling for wear in the bushes and bearings. If there is no play at the rear, the bearings have been set too tight and will probably overheat and fail. There are some in the hub as well as the lower fulcrum; a little play in each of these can lead to what feels like an alarming amount of movement at the wheel, but it should be no more than an eighth of an inch or so.
 
• Remove the rear wheels and look at the axle cage mountings, which can perish or break. If you’ve already driven the car by now and it feels rather lively at the back, it could be due to rear-wheel steering as a result of the wear. While you’re under there, ensure there’s no oil leaking from the diff onto the inboard rear brakes. 
 
• Any signs of trouble and it’s an axle-out job to sort. If there are creaks from the rear suspension, it’ll be because the lower hub pivots have corroded; if not greased regularly they wear rapidly or seize.
 
• At the front there shouldn’t be nearly as much play, but don’t be surprised if you can detect a small amount. If it’s bearing wear, that’s easy to sort, but it might be worn lower wishbone balljoints. These act directly on the wishbone, which can be shimmed only so much before replacements are needed at a little over £100 per side. 
 
• The rack-and-pinion steering is reliable, but wear in the column joints is normal; replacement is easy. The brakes should feel very strong, but imbalance is usually caused by that oil on the discs we mentioned. 
 
• The handbrake can also give problems; the self-adjusting mechanism often seizes through lack of greasing. Try to roll the car on a level surface and see if it quickly grinds to a halt; if it does, fixing is simply a case of freeing off and lubing.
 
• Although steel wheels were standard, chromed wires are now fitted to many V12s. The usual checks for damaged spokes and worn splines are essential; this is especially important with a V12 because of the torque generated.
 

Model history

 
May 1957: First E-type prototype ‘E1A’ hits the road.
October 1960: Jaguar XK150 production ends.
March 1961: E-type first shown to the press at the Geneva motor show. It went on sale at just £2097 for the roadster and £2196 for the coupe.
October 1964: New 4.2-litre engine launched. Power unchanged but torque figure improved.
March 1966: Larger 2+2 model announced at Geneva motor show. 
October 1967: Mildly updated E-type (S1.5) goes on sale.
1968: Series 2 E-Type launched, with many cosmetic changes and refinements brought in to satisfy US customers
March 1971: V12-engined Series 3 Jaguar E-type launched.
September 1974: E-type production ends
 

Owners clubs, forums and websites

 
• www.jec.org.uk
• www.jaguardriver.co.uk
• www.jaguarownersclub.com
• www.sngbarratt.com
 

Summary and prices

 
Crucially, there’s no such thing as a bargain E-type. It’s quite common for someone to buy an example that’s priced at £20,000 below what would be expected. Then the new owner starts delving and discovers that to get the model up to the standard they were expecting, it needs £50,000 spent on it.
 
Starting with the Series 1, top condition FHC models cost up to £160,000, although concours examples might go for more. Decent examples can be picked up for between £75,000-£120,000, while rusty projects can still be found for £40,000. The Roadsters are considerably more expensive, topping out at £250,000, while usable runners can be picked up for £110,000-£150,000. Earliest ‘flat-floor’ roadsters can push £300,000. Budget around £60,000 for a restoration project. Later 4.2-litre cars are generally valued at around the same level. 
 
Moving on to the Series 1.5 and Series 2 cars, for around £120,000, you can get one of the best coupe examples, or pay £160,000 for a roadster. These models are easier to live with, and represent the most common models, making it a popular choice if you plan on using it regularly. Budget around £50,000-£70,000 for a decent running coupe, and £85,000-£150,000 for the average-to-good roadster. 
 
The 2+2 is generally the bargain of the E-type range, and while it does look a little awkward compared to the normal models, it is considerably roomier inside, and prices for good cars range from £30,000-£65,000. 
 
The final V12 models also represent good value, especially in coupe form. Pay anywhere from £30,000-£60,000 for one of these in running condition, with £75,000 being the upper limit for one of the best. Roadsters are actually valued much higher, and you will generally pay twice as much as the equivalent coupe. 
 
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £110,000 - £125,000 est. £110,000 - £125,000 est.
    Auction Date: 10 Nov 2018
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    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    • Engine size: 3800
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £84,995 £84,995

    Here at Trade Classics we are excited to be handling the sale of this fresh-to-market E-Type on behalf of an ex-Jaguar Heritage Engineering Manager and E-Type specialist, together with his personal guarantee on this car. There is no other E-Type on the market today that has this level of assurance – opportunities like this don’t come along every day. Paul, the owner and our client, is motivated to sell this beautiful car and as such it’s priced accordingly, as we are authorised to negotiate at £85k + premium. Bearing in mind series one convertibles for restoration are selling in today’s market for £60+, then this really is a special opportunity to own a beautiful E-Type. Visit the link below to see over 300 images and videos of this special car and also watch a video with the owner. https://www.tradeclassics.com/auctions/jaguar/1967-jaguar-e-type-series-1-convertible/ OUR CLIENT Paul, the owner and seller, is a friend of ours here at Trade Classics and we sold an E-Type for him a few months ago. Paul worked for Jaguar Cars / Jaguar Landrover Ltd as an Engineering Manager for over thirty years. His career took him through core Engineering Design to Special Vehicles and latterly Jaguar Heritage / Jaguar Classic where one of his achievements was the technical strategy and planning for the recent ‘E Type Reborn’ Programme. Paul also worked on various projects that included the re-manufacture of body panels for the E-Type and replacement tyre development for XJ220. Paul really is an E-Type specialist and fastidious in his nature on any mechanical or engineering job he works on. Paul retired from Jaguar earlier this year in order to peruse his own passion within the classic car business; of course, specialising in E-Types. So Heritage Classics Ltd was born and Paul now sources and works on E-Types and other exotics every day. What a job to have! If you’re seriously considering buying an E-Type then Paul is the person to buy it from. All the work he undertakes is completed to the highest quality using the best parts available. Paul is so confident in his cars that he’s volunteered to include his own specialist guarantee with the car – you can read more about that below. So if this is your first classic then this will give you peace of mind in the purchase of this car. This particular car is quite special to Paul as he bought this left-hand drive (as original) car for a single trip in mind, Le Mans Classic. He spent hundreds of hours on replacing and overhauling many parts of this car that you’ll read in this listing. All that work was to ensure the car performed faultlessly, which of course it did. Even in the 30 degree plus hot weather. The car didn’t miss a beat and even went on a parade lap of the track. A total of 900 or so miles were covered on that trip alone. I personally consigned the car on a beautiful summer’s day and really enjoyed spending time with it, getting to know it so I could write up a thorough and comprehensive listing. I was also lucky enough to drive the car for about five miles on country roads in the sunshine – what an experience. Please take a look at the ‘meet the owner’ video on our website. THE EXTERIOR There’s no doubt about it, this car looks stunning. On the drive out and about it got lots of admiring glances and comments. Part and parcel of owing an E-Type – but there’s something extra special about a series one convertible in red. Wheels & Tyres The car has original wire wheels that are in excellent condition and Paul has fitted new classic tyres (Vredestein) all around. Bodywork The car looks to be good in terms of both rust and rot. Importantly, common areas of rust are the wheel arches, sills and doors; all these areas show no visible signs of any rot. Paul confirms, with his experience, that the car has previously been fitted with new sills, floors, front undertray and door skins – this work has been done using accurate replacement panels, patch panels have not been used as is so often the case with imported cars. The bonnet has had previous repairs to a solid structural standard. Please see the media pack and videos to review the condition and underside. Paint The red paint is very striking and there are no visible signs of any colour differences across the panels, even in direct sunlight. There are a few small marks that you can see in the media pack and videos, however, these are very small and are in line with an older restoration. The only key area to note is a slight paint crazing on a small section of the skuttle. There is a slight paint imperfection around the NSF headlight and Paul has organised for a paint specialist to remedy that issue before a sale is completed. Glass and Trim Both are in good condition across the car. There is a windscreen wiper scratch on the passenger side that may be possible to buff out by a specialist. The chrome is in good condition and so too are the rubbers and plastic trim. There is a slight dent on the NSF bumper that can be seen in the media – it’s not very noticeable but the new owner may choose to repair. The black vinyl roof (as original for this car) is brand new, the frame and header having been refinished to suit, and the seals were replaced. Importantly the fit of the roof is one of the best I’ve seen on a convertible. The factory vinyl hood cover is included in beautiful original condition. An aftermarket full cabin tonneau cover is included. The original jack, hammer and bag are in the trunk with the spare wearing a new tyre. THE INTERIOR The interior is really beautiful – the seats wear a lovely patina that’s so important to maintain. Seats and Carpets The seats are in really lovely original condition with no rips or significant wear – just patina. The carpets have been replaced and are in excellent condition. There are pictures in the media pack of the front foot well carpets being lifted. Dashboard The gauges, dashboard top and interior are in excellent condition. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick Both are in excellent condition in line with the age of the car with no issues. MECHANICS Please take a look at the ‘on the road’ video of Paul driving the car. I also personally took the car out on a short drive and was very impressed with the performance and how tight the car was to drive. It’s without doubt the best E-Type driving experience I’ve ever had. If you’re looking for a beautiful E-Type that you can drive every day, then this has to be the one for you. Engine and Gearbox The car started second go from cold – there was no smoke and the oil pressure quickly climbed to 60psi. Paul has replaced all the ignition service components, e.g. plugs and leads and also converted it to electronic ignition. I didn’t notice any blue smoke on either during cold or hot start, or when driving, even during hard acceleration. Suspension and Brakes No issues noticed on the drive up to a speed of 70 mph. The car drives, handles and stops superbly, part of the recent preparation included replacing or reconditioning the whole braking system (excluding discs which are in excellent condition). Also ball joints and bushes have been replaced where necessary and the steering fully reconditioned. The whole suspension system has been fully serviced. The Drive Again, no issues noticed on the short drive to a maximum of 70 mph. Electrics and Other Electronics are light on this car, e.g. no electric windows. No issues were found. HISTORY Paul imported the car in September last year and subsequently MOT’d and registered it in April of this year. Paul is just the third owner of the car (documented since 1973) and of course the first person in the UK. Paul purchased the car directly from the previous owner who bought the car 32 years beforehand and had thoroughly cherished it since – the cars condition is a credit to him. Paul has just ordered a Jaguar Heritage Certificate that will take about a week to come through. However, Paul confirms the VIN plate is original to the car and the numbers match the engine, frame and body. The certificate will show a build and registration date of 1967 – the V5 records 1968 and this is not correct or unusual for this to happen and can be corrected when armed with the certificate that will show a January 1967 date. Current indicated mileage is just 43,260 on the 19th August 2018. HPi Check Results – Paul is the first owner of this car in the UK – please action your own check if you feel it necessary. Over 300 images and videos of this E-Type are on: www.TradeClassics.com

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 43260 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £84,995 £84,995
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £220,000 £220,000

    A highly desirable, original UK delivered, early Series 1 3.8 fixed head coupe Jaguar E-Type. Just one of only 150 flat floor examples built in right-hand drive and the 80th Series 1 off the production line in 1961. Built December 1961 and delivered to Hatfields Jaguar, finished in Opalescent Silver Grey with Red interior, later registered in January 1962. The car is accompanied by an extensive history file with countless servicing, parts and work invoice alongside MOT certificates dated as far back as 1970. Included with this early example is the original log book, highlighting the first recorded owner as a Mr D Alan, Sevenoaks in 1975. After a brief ownership until July 1976, a Mr and Mrs Hammerman, Essex purchased the car and continued to love and maintain the classic Jaguar for the following 5 years. It was in 1981 that the E-Type entered its longest period of ownership under a Mr Peter Fox, where the car remained well looked after and closely maintained for little over a decade. During this time the Series 1’s entered its first major nut and bolt restoration, finishing the car in Red with a Beige interior. The car's restoration was heavily documented in numerous full photo albums. Well known Jaguar Club Enthusiasts and the cars biggest history folder contributor, Raymond and Barbara Guiver acquired the E-Type in 1993. Members of the JEC Southampton Region and Jaguar perfectionists, the Guiver’s immediately set out to restore the car to its original 1961 factory glory. The husband and wife team set out on the E-Type’s second restoration early 1994 with a very hands-on approach, completing a large majority of manual jobs themselves. The completed job included: -Bare metal respray -New boot floor, door skins and inner sills -Bonnet re-fitted -Front Cooper craft brakes fitted -Kenlow fan fitted -Interior restored to factory Red -Exterior finished in factory Opalescent Silver Grey. The Guiver’s documented every step in a photographic archive which highlights a thorough and extensive restoration. Along side completing this high-quality restoration, the Guiver’s also toured “Elsa the leaping cat”, nicknamed by the couple, to countless events across the country. This beautifully restored E-Type attracted constant attention and within the following 8 years the car attended 22 major events & was invited as a special guest to prestigious venues some that include: -The Jaguar Tour of America 1998. -Gardian RAC Classic Rally1998 -Jaguar S-Type Goodwood Launch 1999. -Victory Rally Portsmouth 1999 -Le Mans 24hr 2000 The history file documents several other event participation, newspaper articles, features and photographs from the E-Types travels, a terrific read for any Jaguar enthusiast. When it came to sell the E-Type, it landed in the hands of a Mr P. Horridge of Cheshire, who held the same originality values and love for the car as its previous owner. Mr Horridge up held the cars high level of maintenance for this stunning example and the Jaguar remained in Horridge’s ownership for the following 10 years. After Mr Horridge the Series 1 only had two other owners which includes the current owner, having purchased the car in January 2015 and commissioned a full engine, gearbox and rear axle overhaul. This well toured and loved E-Type now sits finished in factory Opalescent Grey with retrimmed red interior and runs seamlessly. With its countless restorations, this early Series 1 is shown in excellent condition throughout. Having been returned to its factory finish and presented with full matching numbers, this is a rare and desirable example with great usability and ready to be cherished. The restored red interior offers a classic and genuine E-Type feel, boasting a spotless black dash with clean gauges and dials. While hidden under the bonnet is a well-kept and a smooth-running rebuilt Jaguar 3.8 engine. The E-Type has been fitted with a hand full of modern upgrades that make offer an exciting but reliable drive. Upgrades include: -Kenlowe fan. -Coopercraft brakes. -Stainless steel exhaust system. -Aluminium radiator and header tank. If you’d like to arrange a viewing to see this stunning early Series 1 example, then please contact us on 01732 852 762 or email marcus@etypeuk.com for more details.

    • Year: 1961
    • Mileage: 67000 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
    £220,000 £220,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £49,000 £49,000

    Here at Trade Classics we are excited to be handling the sale of this fresh-to-market series one Jaguar E-Type FHC for light restoration. Paul, the owner and our client, is motivated to sell this car and as such it’s priced accordingly with an estimate of £49,000. Visit the link below to see more images and watch a video with the owner, together with learning how you can purchase this car. https://www.tradeclassics.com/auctions/jaguar/1968-jaguar-e-type-fhc/ OUR CLIENT Paul is a friend of ours here at Trade Classics and we sold an E-Type for him a few months ago. Paul worked for Jaguar Cars / Jaguar Landrover Ltd as an Engineering Manager for over thirty years. His career took him through core Engineering Design to Special Vehicles and latterly Jaguar Heritage / Jaguar Classic where one of his achievements was the technical strategy and planning for the recent ‘E Type Reborn’ Programme. Paul also worked on various projects that included the re-manufacture of body panels for the E-Type and replacement tyre development for XJ220. Paul really is an E-Type specialist and fastidious in his nature on any mechanical or engineering job he works on. Paul retired from Jaguar earlier this year in order to peruse his own passion within the classic car business; of course, specialising in E-Types. So Heritage Classics Ltd was born and Paul now sources and works on E-Types and other exotics every day. What a job to have! Paul purchased the car just over one year ago with the sole intention of undertaking a full restoration. The car was built in mid December 1967 then registered in January 1968 as a factory right-hand-drive fixed head coupé finished in special order Bahama Yellow with black trim. Importantly, the yellow colour is still evident in the trunk and dash area that proves the authenticity of the body. Paul confirms that this rare, desirable and unique specification, plus the fact that the car is solid underneath, has significant history and is running strongly made it an attractive proposition. The car would be described as a series one on a Jaguar Heritage Certificate, and has all of the features of a pure series one, i.e. toggle switches, closed headlamps, curly hub wire wheels, metal radio console, open glove box, lights above the read bumper. The two radiator cooling fans are an add on to an original series one radiator. The car was last used in 2015 and now needs a full hydraulic brake system overhaul, although the handbrake works superbly and the car starts and drives. Paul doesn’t know for sure, but from the throttle response and exhaust note when warm it’s possible that the engine is in a tuned state in some way (maybe cams / valves / flywheel etc). Please take a look at the ‘meet the owner’ video on our website (Trade Classics) to hear Paul talk a bit more about this car. THE EXTERIOR Please review the images and videos to see the condition of the exterior – if you have any questions then please drop them in the comments sections below. Wheels & Tyres The car is fitted with wire wheels that have been cleaned together with 185/15 Michelin X tyres that although are dateless, are in good condition with plenty of tread. Bodywork Paul is an expert in E-Types and tells us this car is very sold. The body of the car has been repaired over the years and is seemingly solid throughout with good floors, sills and bonnet etc, and Paul believes that it should pass an MOT in its current condition. In his opinion there is no significant welding required and the baulk of the work on the exterior is around the paint and finish. The front frames look to have been replaced at some point in the past and are not the current colour of the car, so this needs to be resolved as part of the restoration. Paint The red coachwork (originally Bahama Yellow) is in need of a total respray. The car is all one colour, however, most panels have rough quality paint, hence the recommendation for a full bare metal respray. Glass and Trim The glass is in good condition throughout with the exception of the front windscreen that has some de-laminated corners. The trim is complete and in reasonable condition – please see the images and videos further. Glass and Trim All the glass and trim across the car are is in great condition as even the windscreen has been replaced. The chrome is also in excellent condition with none of the usual pitting than can usually be found on similar cars. THE INTERIOR The interior is really original – this is what people look for these days. A bit of time spent will pay dividends and get the interior looking its best. Seats and Carpets The seats are in good condition but are in need of leather treatment and perhaps a sympathetic restoration. There is a small hole on the drivers seat that could be repaired quite easily. In today’s market it’s important to keep the original seats and not just simply replace them. The carpets have been replaced at some point in the past and are in good condition. The other trim areas, i.e. door cards, linings and rear floor are all in really good condition and just need a light clean. The roof lining is solid and not sagging, however, it is dirty due to being stood for a while; it may be possible to salvage it without the need to replace. Dashboard The gauges, dashboard top and interior are in excellent condition. Steering Wheel / Gear Stick Both are in excellent condition in line with the age of the car with no issues. MECHANICS As stated, this car is for restoration and as such is not fit for road use at the moment. The car starts quickly and the engine sounds really good returning 40 psi oil pressure. Engine and Gearbox The car started first go from cold – there was no smoke and the oil pressure quickly climbed to 40 psi. I didn’t notice any blue smoke on either during cold or hot start, or when driving around the courtyard. You’ll notice the radiator cap was not fitted during the cold start – this was just and oversight and was put back on as shown in the other videos. Suspension and Brakes Both require a total overhaul – the hydraulic brakes are currently not working and the suspension has not been evaluated but there is play evident in the upper steering column that needs attention. Paul talks about this in more detail in the video. The Drive N/A – however the car can be seen driving around Paul’s courtyard area, i.e. selecting 1st and reverse. Electrics and Other Electronics are light on this car, e.g. no electric windows. This car is for restoration so it’s assumed some electrical work would be required. Paul has recently fitted a new battery. HISTORY According to the archive books, the chassis number is 150 cars after the last ‘pure’ series one was built, and Paul’s research has turned up cars 100’s of numbers away from this car that have some or all of these features. Paul purchased the car from the family of the second owner who had bought the car in 1987 from the first owner and he has 24 MOT’s and 16 tax discs which trace the mileage back to the 60,000s – indicating the current mileage as just over 100,000. The engine is not original to the car, however, it has a 7E 8XXX-9 serial stamp on the block decoding as an original series one 4.2 E-Type engine from 1966. Of course the cam covers and perhaps the head have been changed at some point, as the correct fitment is polished cam covers. Interestingly, as mentioned previously, the original colour was Bahama Yellow – this seems to be a very rare colour indeed, as we can’t find any pictures of a series one E-Type in that colour. We think the new owner should consider putting the original colour back on the car, as it really does look stunning and very unique. Here’s a picture of the same colour on the Aston Martin used in the TV show, The Persuaders – it really does look rather special. The car was last used in 2015 and is now in need of a restoration. HPi Check Results – This car is HPi clear, however a full check is in progress and will be confirmed on 11/10. Previous MOT’s 10.06.1989 – 71,560 miles 23.06.1990 – 73,109 miles 11.07.1992 – 76,645 miles 22.06.1991 – 74,876 miles 20.07.1993 – 78,066 miles 09.08.1994 – 70,693 miles 13.09.1995 – 82,836 miles 13.09.1996 – 85,210 miles 28.08.1997 – 86,948 miles 07.10.1998 – 88,408 miles 11.10.1999 – 89,900 miles 17.10.2000 – 91,554 miles 30.10.2001 – 92,916 miles 11.10.2002 – 93,836 miles 14.10.2003 – 94,876 miles 10.12.2004 – 95,847 miles 19.03.2007 – 96,458 miles 31.03.2008 – 87,319 miles 17.04.2009 – 98,338 miles 11.04.2011 – 99,251 miles 05.04.2012 – 99,673 miles 05.06.2013 – 99,805 miles 18.05.2014 – 00,055 miles TRADE CLASSICS' SUMMARY There’s no doubt about it, this car is a perfect winter project for someone. It’s a really exciting opportunity to bring back to life a very desirable UK, right-hand-drive E-Type that will only ever get more desirable over time. Paul knows the market for E-Type and has set reasonable expectations regarding the price, and thus making it an attractive proposition for someone to restore. As I’ve mentioned, if this car was restored then it would be worth in excess of £70k, taking into account the non-matching engine number. They are very desirable cars in the market right now. We’ve tried to detail as much as we can with this car to give you confidence when placing your bid – if you need us to video or photograph any aspect of this car then please let us know in the comments below. So in summary, if you’re looking for a genuine UK FHC with all the series one ingredients, with low number of owners and history, then this is the car for you. Over 300 images and videos of this E-Type are on: www.TradeClassics.com

    • Year: 1968
    • Mileage: 100059 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £49,000 £49,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £89,995 £89,995

    Series 1 E Type, carefully maintained in good conditions, a superb driving car seen at Le Mans this summer. The car was partially restored and maintained by the ex. Jaguar Classics Restoration Manager ..... Who was responsible for the technical strategy of the Jaguar E "reborn" program. For sale at a sensible motivated price in England, please see www.tradeclassics.com for more details and to get in touch. You will find 300+ images and many videos, which means you can buy with confidence - nothing is hidden. The car looks fantastic and the driving experience is even better - one of the best! A real car of drivers - this summer made a trip of 2000 km in France, including driving on the famous circuit of Le Mans ... it was very hot at 33c - the car behaved perfectly! You can drive this car anywhere with absolute confidence knowing that an expert has refurbished it and maintained it very carefully. In addition, the car can be seen in the West Midlands England, or we can arrange "facetime", videos, etc.The level of detail on the website will give you a lot of confidence, but I can help you further. Please contact us by phone or via the Trade Classics website.

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 43500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £89,995 £89,995
    Bridges Paul
    Bridges Paul
  • Jaguar E-Type

    €98,500(£0) €98,500(£0)

    Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster, year 1973. Colour Maroon red with a beige leather interior, beige carpet and black rubber protective mats. This fabulous Jaguar E-type V12 roadster was sold new in New York (USA), the automobile was imported to the Netherlands in the year 1995. Over the last years the car has had home-bases in Belgium and France as well. This wonderful Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster is in excellent to superb top condition and the car drives impressively! This E-type is perfectly serviced and maintained. In the year 2015 the powerful V12 engine was overhauled, on the invoice the overhaul works are described in detail. Also, the rear axle was overhauled and new shock dampers, new tyres and a new soft-top were fitted. The automatic gearbox shifts very smooth and the power-steering and power brakes add a lot to the comfortable driving experience. For enthusiasts, who prefer to listen to music instead of the magnificent V12 engine sound, a modern radio with classic looks is present. This is a top specimen! We speak Dutch, English , German and French. Our cars can be delivered with Dutch, German or Belgium registration. We can assist with the French registration. Transport to your door is possible. We have our own workshop facility with 25 years experience with classic cars. On parle néerlandais, anglais, allemand et Français. Nos voitures peuvent être livrées avec enregistrement néerlandais, allemand ou en Belgique. Nous pouvons aider avec l’enregistrement Français. Transport à votre porte est possible. Nous avons notre propre installation d’atelier avec 25 ans d’expérience avec les voitures classiques.

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 33223 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    €98,500(£0) €98,500(£0)
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £175,000 £175,000

    Beautifully presented matching numbers 1972 E-Type Series V12 OTS in Primrose Yellow, retrimmed black interior and retaining its original resprayed black factory hard top. Recently subjected to a full restoration and boasts desirable upgrades such as: - Fuel Injection - 5-Speed Gearbox - Uprated Aluminium radiator and header tank - Full Tubular Sports Exhaust System ... FULL DESCRIPTION COMING SOON ...

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 83000 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £175,000 £175,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    POA POA

    We are proud to offer one of the worlds most iconic sports cars - the 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2L Roadster Manual. Delivered in Australia new by Bryson Jaguar - the factory authorised distributor - the car comes with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage trust - production record certificate number 25023 which certifies that the car has all matching numbers. ​ Owned previously by one of Dutton's oldest loyals and fussiest owners of many classic cars. ​Please contact us at any time for more details.

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 52245 mi
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £110,000 £110,000

    1970 Jaguar E-type 4.2 Series 2 roadster ,English car with matching numbers and jaguar heritage trust certificate. Beautifully restored with Suffolk and Turley Interior and blue mohair hood. Wintered in carcoon in garage. Lovely driving car with class!

    • Year: 1970
    • Mileage: 86500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £110,000 £110,000
    Peter An
    01666861153 View contact number
    Peter An
    01666861153 View contact number
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £260,000 £260,000

    Currently going through our workshops for a full restoration to original specification is this 1961 Jaguar E Type 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe Flat Floor. Manufactured on the 9th December 1961 this is chassis number 860083. This is an original right hand drive, matching numbers car that will be finished in its original colours of Opalesent Gunmetal with Red trim. Please contact us to arrange a visit where you can see the car being restored in our workshops.

    • Year: 1961
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
    £260,000 £260,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £155,000 £155,000

    This is a beautiful Jaguar E Type that is finished in the original colours of Carmen Red with Black trim and is a matching numbers car. Manufactured on the 14th December 1964 and dispatched on the 8th January 1965 to Jaguar Cars New York. This car ended up in a private collection in Belgium until it was sold at Bonhams 2004 auction in Monaco stating the car having covered just 8550 miles from new. Now reading just 11650 miles and with old MOT’s going back to 2008 we believe this to be correct. Retaining lots of original trim and the original hood we think this is a very special car and one for the discerning collector.

    • Year: 1965
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £155,000 £155,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £99,500 £99,500

    This lovely Jaguar E Type was dispatched to New York on 2nd June 1969 and returned to the UK in 2005. Since returning the car has been restored and converted to right hand drive. A very nice driving Jaguar E Type that has been fitted with a 2.88 differential for cruising along. The history file contains photographs/receipts from the restoration and MOT’s going back to 2005. Please contact us to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1969
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £99,500 £99,500
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £99,500 £99,500

    Manufactured on the 1st May 1970 this is a very smart looking E Type Series 2 Roadster in Red with Cream trim. The car is an older restoration but is still in excellent condition having been kept and maintained very well. A great driving car that is very comfortable having had our sports seats fitted. The history file contains a Heritage Certificate, old MOT’s and invoices of previous work that has been carried out on the car. Please contact us to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1970
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £99,500 £99,500
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £120,000 £120,000

    This is a beautiful Jaguar E Type V12 Roadster that looks stunning in British Racing Green with Biscuit trim. Manufactured on 4th October 1972 this is an original right hand drive car. An older restoration that has been kept in excellent condition. The car is fitted with a 5 speed gearbox and a stainless steel sports exhaust system. A great car to drive that sounds superb. Please contact us to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1972
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £120,000 £120,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £94,995 £94,995

    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A beautiful UK RHD Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 FHC with matching numbers. EQUIPMENT Steel body of monocoque construction, triple blade two-speed windscreen wipers, sealed beam asymmetric headlights, single reversing light, 160mph speedometer, revolution counter, ammeter, water and oil pressure gauge, fuel light, electronic clock, map reading lamp, panel light switch, starter switch, heated rear window, hinged rear quarter windows, cigar lighter, brake fluid/handbrake warning light, air and temperature control, recessed choke, adjustable steering wheel, padded screen rail. Options: Radiomobile with twin speakers. EXTERIOR Costing more than the Open Two-Seater when new, the Series One Jaguar E-Type Coupe is stunning from any angle especially when finished in Opalescent Silver Blue as this example. The amazing chrome has a mirror finish and low drag characteristics are helped by desirable Series One features such as glass headlight covers, quarter bumpers and small front air mouth. Favoured by Jaguar enthusiasts worldwide, the tail lights above the bumper and the badge on the boot proclaiming "Jaguar 4.2 Litre E-Type” are key attributes. Restored in 1993 from Golden Sand this example maintains an attractive appearance thanks to a pampered, no expense spared mentality to the upkeep and storage with only one tiny mark to the rear barely worthy of a mention. The underside and wheel apertures are free from excess underseal and help reveal the excellent structural integrity of this machine. As Enzo Anselmo Ferrari called it, "the most beautiful car ever made" INTERIOR Superlative qualities will be enjoyed from the cockpit of this luxurious and iconic sports car. Thickly padded bucket seats upholstered in finest quality Dark Blue Vaumol leather over deep Dunlopillo cushions only found on grand marques and deep pile carpeting over thick underlay are beautiful Jaguar traits. The carpets have been protected by Jaguar rubber floor mats. The Labelled toggled switches found on the early Series One cars are preferred by most rather than the black plastic rocker switches and all function. All Smiths gauges give healthy readings and purists will enjoy original features such as the chrome Lucas rear view mirror three-spoke lightweight alloy steering wheel with wood rim proudly displaying the growler badge. Incredibly special, opulent and a real automotive indulgence. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION This is a matching numbers vehicle with the factory supplied engine still fitted. The six cylinder 4.2 litre XK engine with twin overhead camshafts and three S.U carburetters produces 265bhp and performs impeccably with silky smooth power delivery thanks to expert maintenance and care. The engine bay is very clean and the chassis number can still be seen stamped in the correct location. Some modern additions such as a high torque starter, spin on oil filter kit, Kenlowe fan and full electronic ignition while still retaining the original distributor are fitted. The four speed manual gearbox with synchromesh on all gears is light and a joy to use. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Stunning 15inch wire spoke wheels with centre lock hubs are immaculate and shod in period design expensive Blockley 185/R15 tyres with ample tread. Servo assisted disc brakes all round with independent hydraulic circuits front and rear stop the car safely. HISTORY FILE A Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate numbered 29164 confirms this vehicle as being a genuine Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Litre fixed head coupe right hand drive with matching numbers. It was manufactured on the 23rd November 1965 and dispatched on the 7th December 1965. The original distributor was Henlys Limited, Manchester who sold the car to a Mr Arnold Flintshire. Restored in 1993 and enthusiast owned since with the current devoted custodian, Mr Peter Charles Taylor a retired RAF Wing Commander having owned the car since March 2008. A comprehensive history file since the restoration includes all invoices by trusted Jaguar specialists, photos of works carried out and even a Driver Log detailing all works carried out on what date and at what mileage. Two A4 folders of history are included along with an operating maintenance and service handbook and two keys. This example is a true spectacle with unrivalled looks and a Great British classic icon. MOT February 2019, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/OSXc0iSg6Mo To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kgfclassiccars/albums/72157695512384952 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 18612 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £94,995 £94,995
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £159,995 £159,995

    This beautiful E Type has recently been restored to a very high standard. It is an original right hand drive car with matching numbers and in the original colours of Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue trim. This is a great car to drive with plenty of torque from the legendary 4.2 engine with a beautiful exhaust note. Tailor made luggage also comes with this car so it is ready for driving on those continental trips. Please contact us if you require further information or would like to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1966
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £159,995 £159,995
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £145,000 £145,000

    This is an original right hand drive UK car in stunning condition. The car had a full nut and bolt concours stanard restoration carried out in the 1990's. A concours award winner in the UK and the USA at The Jaguar Drivers Club also The Benson and Hedges Classic Concours events. A lovely history file along with lots of trophies and photos of the restoration come with this beautiful car. To arrange a viewing/test drive please contact us.

    • Year: 1973
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £145,000 £145,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £130,000 £130,000

    Manufactured on the 9th June 1973 this is an original right hand drive, matching numbers car. Taken to Jersey in 1992 by the current owner this beautiful car has been treasured and maintained to the highest standards. The car comes with a fantastic history file of five folders including a magazine with the car featured on the front cover and several certificates from Jaguar events. Also included is a factory hardtop painted in body colour. Please contact us to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1973
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £130,000 £130,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    POA POA

    This rare French barn find is one of the first 500 E-Types produced by Jaguar and one of the very early left hand drive, outside bonnet lock cars. Chassis No. 875256 was delivered new to the Belgium Motor Company dealership in Brussels in July 1961 and was subsequently sold to ‘Societe de Civel Immeubles en Afrique.’ It resurfaced in France in 2015 and we believe it was imported from Luxembourg in 1975. The car is very complete, although in parts, and was bought by the previous owner to be restored. He gave it to French restorers who started work on the car, but shortly after took it away and kept it safe in his garage in Grigny in the southern suburbs of Paris, France. CMC purchased Chassis No. 875256 from him and are now currently restoring the car back to its original specification. This is a very rare opportunity to acquire a very early outside bonnet lock E-Type Roadster and have it restored by the world’s premier Jaguar restoration company.

    • Year: 1961
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
    POA POA
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £105,000 £105,000

    Supplied new to New York this Jaguar E Type was imported back into the UK in 1989. The car underwent a full restoration in the 90’s and was reassembled in RHD with triple carburettor specification. Our client purchased the car in 2009 having us maintain the car to a very high standard whilst in his ownership. This car drives very nicely and is in excellent condition having just gone through our workshops to have new engine frames fitted. The history file that comes with this car is excellent having photos of the restoration and old MOT’s going back to the 90’s. Please contact us to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1968
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £105,000 £105,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £135,000 £135,000

    This Series 1 4.2 Roadster is in excellent condition and looks stunning in this colour combination. After many years of use the car underwent a major programme of restoration over two years and returned to use in the early 1990’s. Since restoration the car has been serviced and maintained to a very high standard and various options have been added along the way such as five-speed transmission, competition laced wire wheels, uprated brakes and inertia reel seat belts. We supplied this car to the current owner in 2016. It is a great car to drive and the five speed transmission makes motorway driving very relaxed. In great condition we believe this car represents fantastic value for those looking for a real driver’s car.

    • Year: 1967
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £135,000 £135,000