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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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More column inches of purple prose must have been devoted to the Jaguar E-type than any other car. So let’s not try. Let’s take it as a given that the E-type is as beloved as the late Queen Mum and just as much a symbol of everything that put the Great into Britain. Let’s ask, instead – why has this car, which was a long way from perfect even when it was brand new in 1961, achieved a near-mythical status? And why has Jaguar yet to come up with anything more memorable?
 
The E-type is certainly one of a mere handful of British vehicles that are instantly recognisable to people who have absolutely no interest in motoring. It’s become a mobile cliché of the Swinging Sixties; Mike Myers’ ‘Shaguar’ E-type in the Austin Powers movies was supposedly inspired by ’60s heart-throb Simon Dee driving away with the blonde in the E-type at the end of his TV chat show, Dee Time. 
 
Real-life celebrity owners such as footballer George Best (‘I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered...’) gave the E-type a louche, caddish image that was probably the last thing Sir William Lyons intended and yet was ironically in keeping with Jaguar’s well-established reputation as ‘the Bentley of Wardour Street’ – a thoroughfare in the heart of London’s Soho that in the 1950s was a synonym for sleaze and vulgarity.
 
Which brings us to the crux of the matter, the E-type’s looks. 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 the E-type was  awed 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. Rumour has it that it was designed for a pre-war truck.
 
On the other hand, the independent rear suspension was a genuine innovation (take that, Ferrari, with your beam rear axles – pah!) 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’  llings started with the E-type.
 
With looks, pace, power, engineering and heritage, the Jag 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 one 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 every bit as good to drive. 
 
Generally, the earlier the E-type, the more desirable and 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. 
 
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 right-hand-drive cars have been converted from left-hand drive at some point. Just ensure the car you buy 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, no matter how tired. With the right tools and enough time, a competent home mechanic can tackle just about any job that’s likely to crop up. 
 
Few cars at any price are as rewarding to own or drive as a well-restored E-type. And there’s the rub; it must be properly renovated if it is to give any pleasure – and there’s a huge amount of enjoyment to be gained from E-type ownership.

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
Top speed 150mph 
0-60mph 6.9 seconds 
Fuel consumption 17.9mpg
Gearbox Four-speed manual
 
Dimensions and weight
 
Wheelbase 2438mm
Length 4375mm
Width 1657mm
Height 1225mm
Kerb 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 £165,000, although concours examples might go for more. Decent examples can be picked up for between £65,000-£110,000, while rusty projects can still be found for £40,000. The Roadsters are considerably more expensive, topping out at £225,000, while usable runners can be picked up for £100,000-£130,000. 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 £100,000, you can get one of the best coupe examples, or pay £135,000 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 £35,000-£55,000 for a decent running coupe, and £70,000-£100,000 for the average 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 £18,000-£50,000 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 XKE - 1973

    €67,750 - €88,075 est. (£60,405.90 - £78,527.67 est.) €67,750 - €88,075 est. (£60,405.90 - £78,527.67 est.)
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £59,995 £59,995

    •In excellent condition throughout •This was the 200th car of this type (chassis 50200) •Restoration work carried out in 1998 •Complete with a folder of original Jaguar sales information and photographs It is unusual to find a manual S3 E Type that has been as cherished as this car. In excellent condition throughout, the S3 drives exactly as it should and looks stunning from every angle. Chassis number IS 50200 was delivered on 4 June 1971 and was the 200th car of this type. The detailed history file contains full ownership records from new and extensive service information from 1984. The car was fitted with a replacement rebuilt engine in 1997 (at 33,000 miles), when the gearbox was also rebuilt. Restoration work carried out in 1998 included a bare metal respray, and there is a photographic record of this on file. Complete with a folder of original Jaguar sales information and photographs. Fitted with a mohair Webasto roof, stainless steel exhaust and an alarm system, this lovely example is ready to enjoy.

    • Year: 1971
    • Mileage: 49000 mi
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  • 1967 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 LITER SERIES 1 COUPE

    $195,000(£159,373.50) $195,000(£159,373.50)

    --Olde English White with Red leather interior and Red carpeting, Recent and Complete Rotisserie Restoration (photo documented with receipts), 5-speed manual gearbox, Chrome wire wheels. “The Museum of Modern Art in New York City placed a Jaguar E-Type in its permanent exhibit. The E-Type was just the third car to be honored by the curators of the museum's permanent exhibit. Released in 1961, the E-Type was the first model released by Jaguar Motors after a disastrous fire destroyed the company's production facilities in 1957. The car's sleek lines made it an immediate success. The E-Type is the epitome of Jaguar's exquisite feel for body design. The car is literally a work of art.” During restoration it was decided to perform numerous upgrades for enhanced Performance and reliability although leaving the Jag’s standard appearance. It is a true performance sleeper! Updates include. Rebuilt engine, balanced, blueprinted, upgraded with competition-grade bearings and pistons, high-performance camshafts, upgraded carburetors, stainless-steel exhaust manifolds and two-inch performance exhaust, providing well over 300 HP. The original 4-speed gearbox has been replaced with a Medatronics J

    • Year: 1967
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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  • 1969 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 LITER SERIES 2 COUPE

    $69,500(£56,802.35) $69,500(£56,802.35)

    --Signal Red with Black leather interior, Black carpeting, 4-speed, Restored, Original color combination and Matching numbers. This Series II E-type Coupe has been in long term local ownership here in Long Island, New York. This E-type has been restored over the past six years and used sparingly since its restoration, used only seasonally and never in inclement weather. It has been restored to be used and enjoyed, upon a recent road test and inspection by Autosport Designs, it proved to be excellent in all areas and a superb driving example, tight and with excellent power throughout with all function working as they were originally intended. This is a chance to purchase a lovely Jaguar E-type Coupe with 2+2 seating that is ready and awaiting a new home and immediate use. Inspections and road tests are welcome.

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 2017 mi
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £129,995 £129,995

    Variant: Series 1 3.8 Roadster September 1962 - Matching numbers car - Original colour of Opalescent bronze - Heritage certificate - Restoration completed in 2014 - Recent service This desirable and usable Series 1 roadster is offered in outstanding showroom condition and features the desirable dropped floors for improved driving comfort. Supplied new to Jaguar Car New York its first owner is noted as Tenafly Playhouse Inc. Finished in the original factory colour of Opalescent bronze with full biscuit leather interior, it boasts matching chassis and engine numbers and has been the subject of a comprehensive restoration in 2014, keeping the car to standard factory specification in the main. The interior is in 'as new' factory condition with original bucket sport seats. Features the original 'dotty' style aluminium interior trim and wood/aluminium steering wheel. This 1962 Series 1 Roadster 3.8 litre has the original triple SU carburettors and the matching numbers engine is mated to the factory 4- speed manual Moss gearbox and able to reach a claimed top speed of 150mph. The car has covered what is believed to be a genuine 17600 miles (Source Bonhams sales brochure No 21985) and comes complete with photographic history and Heritage certificate confirming the cars’ provenance. This is a stunning example offered in outstanding condition, is well sorted and has clearly been cherished throughout its life. Right hand drive conversion could be carried out at additional cost.

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 17600 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Jaguar E Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster LHD

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    Vehicle Description In stock now is this stunning left hand drive 1962 Jaguar E Type Series 1 flat floor 3.8 Roadster. A 1962 car it has been beautifully restored. Our own in house bodyshop has fully repainted the car, and retrimmed it including a new hood and bag. The engine was leak down tested and a full service carried out. The electrics were converted to negative earth, the front suspension fully overhauled with new shock absorbers, all new wheels, spinners and tyres, new hand brake cable new rear shocks, completely rewired and a period looking radio with Bluetooth installed, all the rear suspension was previously renewed etc A Jaguar Certificate of Authenticity for the year, confirming matching engine, gearbox, and body is supplied with the car.

    • Year: 1962
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  • Jaguar E Type Roadster LHD

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3800 Transmission: Manual Mileage: 0 Body Style: LHD Roadster Full and complete restoration to concours standard this August 1961 Jaguar E Type Roadster is one of the very few external bonnet lock flat floor cars and is all matching numbers. Further details to follow.

    • Year: 1961
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  • Jaguar E-Type S III Coupé SOLD

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    Year of construction 1972 PS 268 PS kilometres 9313 km color Hellgrün metallic leather Magnolia delivered new to Germany since 35 years in the hand of the current owner rare manual gearbox great documented history price SOLD EUR

    • Year: 1972
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  • Jaguar E Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster LHD

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    Vehicle Description In stock now is this stunning left hand drive 1962 Jaguar E Type Series 1 flat floor 3.8 Roadster. A 1962 car it has been beautifully restored. Our own in house bodyshop has fully repainted the car, and retrimmed it including a new hood and bag. The engine was leak down tested and a full service carried out. The electrics were converted to negative earth, the front suspension fully overhauled with new shock absorbers, all new wheels, spinners and tyres, new hand brake cable new rear shocks, completely rewired and a period looking radio with Bluetooth installed, all the rear suspension was previously renewed etc A Jaguar Certificate of Authenticity for the year, confirming matching engine, gearbox, and body is supplied with the car.

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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  • Jaguar E Type Roadster LHD

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    Vehicle Description Engine Capacity: 3800 Transmission: Manual Mileage: 0 Body Style: LHD Roadster Full and complete restoration to concours standard this August 1961 Jaguar E Type Roadster is one of the very few external bonnet lock flat floor cars and is all matching numbers. Further details to follow.

    • Year: 1961
    • Mileage: 25000 mi
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  • 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster

    £8,000 £8,000

    This 1974 UK supplied Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster has just arrived with us from North Wales. This car offers a fabulous opportunity to buy a UK matching numbers car with a recorded mileage of 33000 (service and maintenance records back to 1981), that we previously owned by Maurice Saatchi of Saatchi & Saatchi Garland Compton Ltd in 1976 for very sensible E-Type Roadster ‘money’. XYE 363N is an excellent driving; usable example that is capable of reliable long distance touring or just simple weekend use and whilst very presentable in areas, it can be further improved. Mechanically the E-Type has had in the region of £8000 spent in 2015 on improvements to include a suspension overhaul, new brakes, carburettors stripped down, new float valves fitted, new axle mounts, fresh gearbox oil, re-conditioned steering rack and new tyres. A comprehensive history file documents all repairs and maintenance from when the car was seven years old and it's quite clear the car has never had long periods off the road and has not ever required a full restoration. It has been well maintained and kept up too in order to remain a reliable, usable classic. XYE 363N is a great driver, once warmed up the V12 e

    • Year: 1974
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  • 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series One 3.8 FHC

    £119,995 £119,995

    ACM 288B was manufactured on the 5th May 1964, distributed from Henlys Manchester and was supplied new by Argyle Motors in Birkenhead. This 3.8 FHC was first owned by a Birkenhead based Company Veco Products and today still retains its original Merseyside registration mark ACM 288B. Within the Veco stable of businesses was the ‘Peco’ exhausts brand, which became the highly popular ‘bolt on’ performance brand from the early 1960’s, based from their premises in Sandford Road, Birkenhead. Peco was at the height of its’ popularity in this period and grew to become one of the best established brands in the UK, with a regularity presence in the motoring press. The E Type was registered to the company and quickly became a showcase for Peco’s products and was seen in the June 1968 edition of Hot Car Magazine wearing a pair of twin pipe silencers. We can confirm this lovely, usable example is a matching numbers car, retaining its original engine and many original features including its four speed Moss gearbox. We have found genuine original UK RHD supplied examples with matching numbers incredibly sought after this is a top class driving example that can be used and driven with confidence.

    • Year: 1964
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  • 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series III OTS

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    (SOLD) This 1973 Jaguar Series III V12 Roadster is an exceptional, original example that was part of a private collection for many years. The V12 model exudes excellent performance, handling and power while giving the driver a non-typical, smooth ride. It is featured in a striking color combination of red with a spacious tan interior and a black top and boot. It is very hard to find original, unmolested vehicles, such as this, that have been well maintained, serviced and have very low original miles. This vehicle has been recently serviced and detailed by Classic Showcase to flaunt the excellent patina. Additional features include a 4 speed manual transmission, factory A/C, wire wheels and the original British Leyland AM/FM radio. This Jaguar E-type is for the discerning collector who demands originality as well as excellent original examples.

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 22339 mi
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  • 1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series III OTS

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    (SOLD) This 1973 Jaguar Series III has a great patina of originality. It has been properly serviced and maintained locally and is in good original condition. This car features factory A/C, Sony AM/FM stereo with cassette, 4 speed transmission, chrome wire wheels and low original miles. The exterior color of the car was changed from its original green to a sporty red about 20 years ago. This is a good solid driver, but does have a bit of corrosion under the driver side rocker panel, which is an easy repair. Running very cool, this would be a great car to drive and enjoy and a great candidate to restore to the next level.

    • Year: 1973
    • Mileage: 92578 mi
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  • 1965 Jaguar 4.2 Series I E-Type OTS

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    (SOLD) This impressive 1965 Jaguar 4.2L E-Type Series I OTS is a very original, matching numbers, benefited from a comprehensive documented total restoration. During the restoration process the car was taken to bare metal, metal worked and finished and repainted to its original colors. All mechanical systems were gone through and rebuilt to specification and all brite work was re-plated to show quality. The new interior complete with new top were fitted and completed to its original color combination. It has been very well maintained and cared for since restoration. Complete with its’ original Blauplunk AM/FM Soft Wave, armrest, center console, covered headlights, toggle switches and a full synchronized transmission. Custom California plates, chrome wire wheels. At Show Driver level, it would make for a strong contender for Concours showing.

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 6987 mi
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  • Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 '65

    €95,000(£84,702) €95,000(£84,702)

    The E-Type was initially designed and shown to the public as a grand tourer in two-seater coupé form (FHC or Fixed Head Coupé) and as convertible (OTS or Open Two Seater). The 2+2 version with a lengthened wheelbase was released several years later. The model was made in three distinct versions which are now generally referred to as "Series 1", "Series 2" and "Series 3". A transitional series between Series 1 and Series 2 is known unofficially as "Series 1½". The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time used the triple SU carburetted 3.8 litre straight 6 engine from the XK150S. The first 500 cars built had flat floors and external hood (bonnet) latches. These cars are rare and more valuable. After that, the floors were dished to provide more leg room and the twin hood latches moved to inside the car. The 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in October 1964. Following the Series 1 there was a transitional series of cars built in 1967-68, unofficially called "Series 1½", which are externally similar to Series 1 cars. Due to American pressure the new features were op

    • Year: 1965
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  • 1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 FHC

    £45,000 £45,000

    Jaguar E-Type's like this are in high demand. 1655 MF has everything a collector looks for in such a car. This is a genuine UK supplied RHD Home Market car, it is a 'matching numbers' car with a 1989 dated Heritage Certificate to confirm, it still retains its original colour of Opalescent Silver Blue with beautiful original Dark Blue leather upholstery and the car has only covered a genuine 75,000 miles from new. Not only is this an incredibly correct car that has beautiful looks, it is capable of long distance touring and regular use. To prove this, the E-Type was driven 175 miles faultlessly from Dumfries to North Yorkshire and a result has had the perfect endurance test drive. At 3pm on a Sunday afternoon the Jaguar left Dumfries. It quickly warmed up and the temperature gauge didn't rise above one third of the gauge the whole way back. Oil pressure at 60mph on the A75 was recording 60psi and by the time the E-Type had reached the M6 it was cruising comfortably at 3500rpm at 70mph with consistent steady oil pressure at around 55psi. The car pulled effortlessly southbound on the motorway before being driven cross country over the A66. By 5pm the E-Type was pulled up in Thirsk mar

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 75000 mi
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  • Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 FHC (1965).

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    Most people will agree if we say that the Coupé (or FHC) version of the E-Type Series 1 is one of the most beautiful automotive designs ever made. It is unbelievable that the design of this iconic car was conceived in two weeks, and that sir William Lyons was not very sure that it would appeal to the typical Jaguar customer. It's 55 years later now, and the E-Type is a styling icon and exposed in several important museums as a piece of art. This example is finished in the great colour combination of Opalescent Silver Grey with black hide interior. This colour suits an E-Type very well, and shows the stunning lines perfectly. This E-Type was delivered new in sunny California, and sold 4 years ago to England as a rustfree and extremely sound restoration project. The car was then completely restored in the UK, and supplied to the actual owner by JD Classics. The quality of the restoration is from a very high level, and this E-Type runs as well as it looks. The powerful 4,2 Litre straight six engine produces a glorious sound, and the full synchronized gearbox is a pleasure to use. It's a car perfectly suited for a trip to the South of France, where you will arrive in style and with a b

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 295 mi
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  • Jaguar E Type Series 3 Roadster

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    £79750 Delivered to the US in 1972,the mileage reading of 33409 is believed to be correct and is verified by the dated service stickers found on the vehicle. The previous owner in California, also confirmed that in his opinion the mileage was correct, as the car had been kept in a heated garage for some 15/20 years prior to sale in 2014. Jaguar E Type series 3 V12 Roadster, 1972 Manual. Primrose yellow with black leather. Properly restored & detailed, used little since. 32,000 miles. Just checked and serviced. Overall an excellent low mileage LHD V12 Roadster, that has been recently recommissioned after some decades of little use, following an extensive recommissioning at a cost in excess of £30K, it is now ready for use and extremely well suited for continental touring. The car is currently located at our store in Dorset and viewing can be arranged by appointment. Since arriving in our workshops, the V12 Roadster has been subject to a thorough examination, and a partial renovation of the bodywork and mechanicals has been carried out. Any areas of corrosion have been treated, and where appropriate work carried out to the sill sections, floor pan and wings. Excellent original black

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 33121 mi
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  • Jaguar E Type Series 2 Roadster

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    POA Since the E-type made its sensational debut in 1961, some devotees were wary of subsequent developments but change it did. The XK6 4.2-litre engine pre-dated the arrival of the Series II, appearing in the two-seater Sports and coupes from 1964, and then the elongated 2+2s from 1966. The 4.2 is a smooth and powerful engine that offers refinements over the previous 3.8 including better low-end torque and mid-range pickup. An unusual custom E type Series two roadster, which has had its build details confirmed by the accompanying Heritage Certificate, this dates the car to March 1969. Originally a Regency Red roadster, this matching numbers car has been customised by the fitting of a Series 3 bonnet and flaring the rear arches to match. The track and wheelbase are standard for a Series 2. Concurrent with the launch of the V12 Series 3, four 6 cylinder cars were produced on the Series 3 chassis, as experimental models, for the avoidance of doubt this is not one of them. Shipped originally to British Leyland New York on the 14th June 1969, little is known of the earlier History, however by 2000 the XKE was living in California, and then to Honolulu, with the last service bill being 2

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 69500 mi
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadster

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    Year : 1966 Series: 1 Mileage: 85000 We are delighted to offer this stunning 1966 Series One 4.2 Roadster . Original Factory Right Hand Drive , one of only 1,182 RHD 4.2’s ever made. It has undergone a complete strip and repaint in the last nine months and is now finished to a very high standard. The engine has also undergone a very large service including being re-shimmed, and a complete carburettor rebuild. The car underwent a complete nut and bolt rebuild in the early 2000’s and since then has had very little use. It comes complete with Factory Hardtop and stand, Complete Original tool kit and books. This lovely Jaguar E-Type is in fantastic condition and is great investment opportunity.

    • Year: 1966
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