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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 £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
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  • 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

    £170,000 £170,000

    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
    £170,000 £170,000
  • 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

    £105,000 £105,000

    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
    £105,000 £105,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £130,000 £130,000

    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
    £130,000 £130,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £190,000 £190,000

    This 1971 Series 3 OTS was fully restored by E-Type UK in 2014 with no expense spared, featuring substantial upgrades transforming the E-Type into a true sports car. Presented in an eye-catching Carmen Red and paired with a retrimmed Biscuit interior, creating an authentic Jaguar combination. Originally delivered to NYC, USA in December 1971, the car was later sourced as a restoration project late in 2011 for Englishman, Mr Todd. For driving ease the E-Type was converted to right-hand drive and in the pursuit of sports car performance was fitted with a 5-speed manual transmission, leaps head from its factory automatic set up. Other mechanical upgrades include: - Electronic fuel injection - Uprated front shocks with stiffer antiroll bar and torsion bars - New sports power steering rack - Uprated Alternator - AP front discs and callipers - Full Haywood & Scott sports exhaust system - Alloy radiator with cooling fans and Samco hoses Sitting proudly on a set of deep-dish 15-inch wire wheels, this Series 3 offers an unmissable stance that will surely turn heads in town. Since it’s restoration in 2014 the E-Type is currently presented in superb condition with its desirable lines and road mark free body. Step inside to a retrimmed biscuit interior and uprated Moto-Lita steering wheel, providing a sporty and comfortable driving experience. The E-Type also features a period correct rebuilt radio with MP3 and Bluetooth interface providing modern day luxuries. Accompanied by numerous restoration invoices and receipts, this exceedingly high-spec Series 3 V12 offers a very rare opportunity to buy a high-performance 70’s classic that is ready to be enjoyed. To arrange a viewing to fully appreciate the car, please contact us on 01732 852 762 or email marcus@etypeuk.com for more details.

    • Year: 1971
    • Mileage: 59400 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £190,000 £190,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £139,950 £139,950

    If you are Looking for a Pristine S1 E type Roadster with history, low mileage and that is a matching numbers original car then this is the car for you, Built on the 13th of March 1962 and despatched from the Factory on March 23rd 1962,first registered in 1963, this E type has only covered 36,718 miles from new and has a very interesting history, it spent part of its life in south Africa, it is a 4 owner car from new, it has never had any rust at all ever, the body and all panels are the factory originals with no bondo or repairs ever, it is all matching numbers confirmed by the british motor heritage trust and is in superb condition, the colours are also the correct factory ones that it left the factory with in 1963. Repainted once in late 80\'s but paint continues to look superb. Exterior, interior, and chrome all look outstanding, always stored in the climate controlled storage shown in the photos. Recently tuned and serviced, it has a Brand New Soft top, Brand New battery, brand new stainless steel chrome wire wheels and bridgestone tyres. This is one of the best Series one E types with history from new that you will probably ever find.

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 36 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
    For sale
    £139,950 £139,950
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £94,995 £94,995

    FOR SALE 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

    £59,950 £59,950

    A superb E type jaguar that was Restored a few years ago.Documentation and Receipts all come with the car, all correct and matching numbers original factory engine, the photos speak for them selfes, this E Type needs nothing and is an investment grade purchase, has also just had over $5,000 spent on the following, Black canvas top just installed, brand new stainless exhaust system, new disk brakes,new tyres all round, new clutch just fitted and new water pump. The car is ready to get in and drive.

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 56000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £59,950 £59,950
  • 1962 Jaguar E Type Low Drag Coupe

    $285,000(£0) $285,000(£0)

    Throughout the 1950s, Jaguar worked feverishly to establish its dominance in sports car and endurance racing. The XK120 had become a formidable competitor in club-level motorsports and the factory soon developed a full-race version officially known as the XK120-C (for Competition), which we all know simply as the C-Type. XK120 running gear was mated to a lightweight tubular frame that was skinned in a beautiful alloy body. The light and powerful C-Type won the 24h of Le Mans on its first attempt in 1951, sparking a string of victories at the French Classic that would last through the 50s. One of the key developments of the C-Type was the use of Dunlop disc brakes in 1953, which truly revolutionized motorsport and were largely responsible for the C-Type’s second win at Le Mans in 1953. In 1954, the D-Type was unveiled as a revolutionary replacement for the C-Type. The traditional tubular chassis was scrapped in favor of a light and strong monocoque chassis. The stunning bodywork was largely the work of Jaguar’s aerodynamics-obsessed stylist Malcolm Sayer. Power came from the proven XK-series inline six in 3.4 or 3.8-liter form (with a 3.0-liter version run in 1958) and fed by either a trio of Weber carburetors or Lucas fuel injection on later cars. The D-Type’s shape played a key role in its success – proving to be more than 12mph faster down the Mulsanne straight than the brutish 4.9-liter Ferraris. With the D-Type, Jaguar scored 3 more victories at Le Mans in 1955, 1956 and 1957 and its sophisticated construction would inspire the next great Jaguar road car; the E-Type of 1961. When it came to racing the E-Type, however, Jaguar seemed to stumble. Management was unsure of how to approach a proper racing version to compete with the likes of the Ferrari 250 SWB and GTO, and they took a bit too long to settle on a concept. The first attempt was a fixed roof car in the spirit of the D-Type. This car, famously known by its registration number “CUT 7” featured Malcolm Sayer’s new low-drag bodywork that was riveted and bonded in place. The gorgeous car was undeniably an E-Type, yet had a distinctly racier appearance. Rather than develop the low-drag, Jaguar shifted focus to a lightweight, all-alloy version of the E-Type roadster of which twelve were built. They featured an aluminum tub and alloy block XK engine but the styling was essentially the same as the road car. The ultimate E-Type came when German Jaguar distributor Peter Lindner and his racing partner Peter Nocker combined the lightweight and low drag concepts. The so-called Lindner-Nocker E-Type was based on Lindner’s own factory-built Lightweight and adapted with Sayer’s low-drag panels. It was enormously fast and more than a match for the Ferrari 250 GTO at Le Mans, and one can only imagine what Jaguar could have accomplished had they put the might of the competitions department behind it. Sadly, Lindner was killed in the car and it was locked away for decades before it was carefully restored in 2011. One other factory lightweight E was developed into a Low-Drag car, famously known by its registration number of "49 FXN". This car would ultimately score the most success on the track, and is still active in historic racing today. Despite the fact that only three cars were built in period, the legend of the Low Drag E-Type has inspired many to create their own versions for race or road, and recreations are formidable competitors in historic motorsport around the world. We are very pleased to offer this gorgeous Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Low-Drag coupe. Based upon a 1962 E-Type, this stunning car has been built from the ground-up to comply with FIA sporting regulations and is legal for both track and street. The fabulous low-drag bodywork was built by Jacob Engineering in the UK, using the finest components finished to a very high standard. With its exposed rivets and aggressive stance, the look is said to be inspired by the famous 49 FXN, albeit with a few personal touches. It sits low on a set of period-look Technomagesio peg-drive wheels which mimic the look of the original Dunlop alloys, but with the strength and durability for modern track use. Sticky Avon CR6-ZZ DOT-race tires give the right period-correct look while offering up excellent grip and handling characteristics. Quality of the metallic silver-gray paintwork is very good, and the car has been carefully enjoyed in the hands of its most recent owner, who maintained it as part of a large collection of significant Jaguar road and racing cars. Featherweight aluminum doors feature sliding Plexiglas side windows and simple door cards trimmed in black. The purposeful, race-focused cockpit is protected by an FIA-approved roll cage but is also trimmed with carpet and sill upholstery to provide a modicum of comfort. The windscreen is heated for clear vision in all conditions. Required FIA safety devices include a plumbed fire system, interior, and exterior electrical cut-off, and Willans 5-point harnesses. It is currently fitted with period-correct 3.8-style seats trimmed in black leather, and a pair of ultra-light form-fitting race seats will also be included for track duty. The current owner updated the steering with a tilt/telescopic column for additional comfort whether on the road or the race course. Beneath the alloy bonnet sits a 3.8-liter XK inline six that is reportedly good for well in excess of 350 horsepower. Built in the UK by the highly respected Jaguar specialists Rob Beere Racing, it is remarkably tractable for road use but is also enormously capable on the track. The engine is mated to a 4-speed all-synchro gearbox, and the suspension is fully dialed in to provide excellent, balanced handling. This car is seriously quick, and in the hands of the current owner (an active vintage racer), was highly successful in JCNA Slalom Competition (Autocross), scoring the second fastest time for the 2016 season and once beating Jaguar’s current F-Type R by a full four seconds. It is believed to have run a number of important UK and European events in the hands of its first owner. More recently, it has done some vintage racing, including an appearance at the Lime Rock Historics. It is currently US-titled and registered for road use, and the sale will also include previous UK V5C registration documents, the MSA HTP (Historic Technical Passport) and the all-important FIA documents which allows entry into virtually any European historic event. Expertly prepared and well-sorted, this gorgeous E-Type Lightweight hints at what could have been if Jaguar followed Malcolm Sayer’s lead and developed the E-Type to take the fight to the Ferrari GTO.

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    $285,000(£0) $285,000(£0)
  • Jaguar E-Type Convertible

    £249,995 £249,995

    Variant: E-Type Convertible 5.3L V12 Manufactured in October 1973, this Series III E-Type has covered an unbelievably low 2,500 miles from new- having been cared for and caressed by its current custodian since 1990. At this time the car was restored to an exceptional standard ( costing in excess of 100,000 GBP then by English Cars of Distinction) The car was uprated to the high specification presented today, which included Connolly leather throughout with matching bound carpets and burr walnut veneer dashboard. The steering and suspension system was also uprated with all components Zinc plated or powder coated. Brakes were uprated to vented discs and chrome wire wheels. The engine was also enhanced with a 90×70 bore and stroke firing from 4 strombergs and producing 272bhp mated to a 5 speed gearbox. The result is a sensation. Finished in iconic primrose, over chocolate bean interior and having covered just 2,500 miles this has to be one of the lowest mileage V12 roadsters to be offered on the open market.

    • Year: 1974
    • Mileage: 2500 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £249,995 £249,995
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £165,000 £165,000

    This is an absolutely stunning looking Jaguar E Type in excellent condition. Restored and completed in 2010 this car has been maintained to the highest standards coming from one of our clients private collection. A fantastic driving car that is fitted with the following upgrades: . Fully balanced engine . Stainless steel sports exhaust . Sports seats . Coopercraft brakes front and rear . Upgraded cooling fan . Radio with bluetooth/ipod connection . 6'' Competition wire wheels with Avon tyres Please contact us to arrange a viewing/test drive.

    • Year: 1965
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £165,000 £165,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £149,995 £149,995

    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
    £149,995 £149,995
  • 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 with all matching numbers. 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
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £115,000 £115,000

    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
    £115,000 £115,000
  • 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
  • Jaguar E Type SIII

    £165,000 £165,000

    This very original 1973 Jaguar E Type series III manual right hand drive car, was first delivered into the UK to the first owner. The car was sold to Norway where it has been for the rest of its life and ready to come back to the UK to be re-registered. The car has had only three owners from new and back now with the second owner again, with only 44500 documented miles and full history files, its one of the most original cars on the market and wants for nothing.

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 44500 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
    For sale
    £165,000 £165,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £84,950 £84,950

    Tracker Fitted, Full Leather, UK Specification, UK Supplied This beautiful RHD E-Type is UK SUPPLIED - not a US Import that has been changed to RHD with an inferior engine. Supplied new to a well-known Gentleman in Troon by Ritchies of Glasgow in the ice cream business - co-incidentally it is Chassis No 99! This gorgeous car still has its original plate on the car TOG191. He kept the car many years and passed it to his daughter, thus remaining in Troon all its life. Finished in unmarked Opalescent Blue Metallic with excellent soft Red Leather Interior. The carpets and chrome work are excellent. Chrome Wires wheels. Makers oil pressure. MOT's confirming mileage as well as Handbooks and warranty card. Do not confuse this with the usual over restored car with no provenance. Just driven her 450 miles with no issues. Tax exempt and a sure fire guilt edge investment.

    • Mileage: 74630 mi
    • Engine size: 4235
    For sale
    £84,950 £84,950