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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. The 1960s was a time of revolution, liberation and innovation, with the E-type right there leading the changes. 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 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. 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’ 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 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.
 
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 £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

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    1965 RHD OTS. Ordered by Avy Miller to Hollywood Ca. Opalescent dark green and tan. Mr. Miller was credited with the patent for the first swimming pool heater. He passed around 1981. It went to his daughter who drove the car rarely and then to the present owner. Zero rust. Original papers. Unopened tool kit. Mechanicals, paint and interior refurbished as needed. The owner did take the liberty of upgrading the sound system to retro sound. It looks like a blaupunkt but is digital with smart phone/MP3 jack. It can be reversed completely if needed. He also added a bigger cooling fan for Nebraska It is invisible and completely reversible.

    • Year: 1965
    • Mileage: 58000 mi
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    Kelly Dietrick
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    Kelly Dietrick
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  • Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 Roadster '69

    €97,000(£0) €97,000(£0)

    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: 1969
    • Mileage: 59708 mi
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  • Jaguar E-type Series 2 Cabriolet 1969

    €105,000(£0) €105,000(£0)

    Jaguar E-Type Series 2 cabriolet 1969 restored matching numbers This Jaguar E-Type Series 2 cabriolet was built in 1969. In the meantime this Jaguar is restored and provided with a beautiful British Racing Green paint and fabulous chrome wire wheels. The Jaguar drives great and is powered by the original matching numbers 6 cyl engine. The interior of the Jaguar has beige leather and is very comfortable. The dashboard has the beautiful original wooden steering wheel. This fabulous E-Type drives great and is ready for lots of driving fun. Car has USA title and document importduties for every EU country are paid by us. Documentation is complete for registration in every EU country. You do not need to pay any importduties. We can help with transport. Trading in, buying and consignment possible

    • Year: 1969
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  • JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I CONVERTIBLE 3.8

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    SOLD TO ENGLAND Brand Jaguar Type E-type Series I Convertible Color Grey Interior Black Year of build 1963 Price Sold 1963 JAGUAR E-TYPE SERIES I CONVERTIBLE 3.8 This very rare and desirable semi lightweight concept E-Type has been sold to a very good friend from the United Kingdom where the Jaguar will be part of a very nice private collection. If you are interested in a similar model or If you are willing to sell a rare/unique automobile or your entire collection, we are looking forward to hear from you. Our collection is changing on a daily base and exists of approximately 90 cars. Due to the fact that some cars are transported or restored we do not offer all of our cars on the web. If you have specific requests, please let us know as we might have the car in our collection or we can help you in find your specific car. MORE INFORMATION For more information or an appointment, please call Rutger Houtkamp+31625098150 or send an e-mail to Rutger@Houtkamp.nl . Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone during evenings or in the weekend. The Houtkamp Collection is centrally located near Amsterdam and only 10 minutes from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Please contact us directly or fil

    • Year: 1963
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 2+2

    £64,995 £64,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 2+2 This Home Market Right Hand Drive is a manual example and was first registered on 10 December 1971; there are a total of six recorded keepers to date. This example was bought back from Germany in February 2017 where it had been used since 2009. There are MOT certificates stretching back from 2009 to 1993 detailing the mileage. Finished in Old English White with superbly patinated Black Hide and Black Webasto Sliding Roof, Chrome Wire Wheels and White Wall Tyres. We are in the process of completing the formalities of having this car registered in the UK. A new 12 Months MOT will be issued. We regard this car as a very good example which starts on the button and drives extremely well. A Jaguar Heritage Certificate has been applied for to accompany the excellent history and background and is to follow. The Series III E-Type is now gathering a much stronger following as an icon of 1970s motoring as they are great driving cars and more comfortable than the Series I and II E-Types, especially if you are over 6ft tall. We expect the value of these cars to continue to grow alongside all E-Type Jaguars.

    • Mileage: 83500 mi
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2 V12

    £64,995 £64,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2 V12 The Jaguar E Type V12, smooth, easy to drive, iconic and most importantly, steadily rising in price. Add to that one that has been restored and now presents beautifully in dark blue with red leather and then (yes there is more!), add the fact that it is the fourth from last off the production line and you have something pretty special. Chassis number 1S52111, it is one of just 2115 home market RHD examples with chassis 1S5215 being the last. Originally supplied by Fletchers in Swansea, this Jaguar was supplied to Mr J Cobey on 12 September 1973. He kept the vehicle until 1977 and then sold to Mr Charles Foreman. The third owner, Mr Stephen Barnes purchased the car in 1993 and commissioned a very high quality rebuild where the car was stripped to a bare metal shell, resprayed, rebuilt and then in 1998 put into storage. Mr Anthony Blackler acquired the car following its lengthy storage in 2002 and completed the rebuild by retrimming the car to the high standard that it is trimmed in today. The fifth and final keeper purchased the car in 2015. In his tenureship Mr Burrell has completed all works, left no stone unturned and has spent nearly £11

    • Mileage: 92000 mi
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    £64,995 £64,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 2+2

    £59,995 £59,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 2+2 Only through our stand at Goodwood Revival were we able to meet Mr Geoffrey Gammon, not only the previous owner of this particular car but the owner of a wonderful Jaguar collection (one of which has already found a new home). As a keen Jaguar Enthusiast his cars are prepared and kept to the highest level, as this one is and it shows in both the condition of the car itself and the preparation of the documentation which accompanies it. Within this there is the original bookpack and a Heritage Certificate detailing that it was first purchased by 'Barton Willmore' of Reading through his local Dealer and distributor T Baker and Sons. As chassis number 52113 it is one of the very last (52115 being the last) and this makes this car rather special. It was supplied then in the colour combination then that it is in today, Pale Primrose with black leather trim, both of which are in excellent order with the leather showing just enough patina to be warm and inviting! Under the bonnet shows similar detail and has obviously be maintained to the highest standard with no expense spared. The file of documentation is over two inches thick and shows detail of

    • Mileage: 18000 mi
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    £59,995 £59,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2

    £59,995 £59,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 2+2 By the mid-1960s, the Jaguar E-Type was appealing to the family man who wanted an elegant sports car with practicality combined. This prompted Jaguar to offer a third option in the form of a 2+2 coupé. By adding nine inches to the wheelbase and two inches in height, it was then possible to fit a rear seat capable of seating two adults in tolerable comfort. The example we have here is a very genuine UK supplied right hand drive E-Type in its original colours of Light Blue with contrasting Dark Blue leather trim with the engine number matching that on the Heritage Certificate. The car was originally registered on 8th October, 1971 and supplied by Harry Thornes (Dewsbury in Yorkshire) to a Mr RH Thornhill. It has been enjoyed by a further 8 keepers in its 45 years. This E Type has been the subject of much recent work including a full strip down and respray. Under the bonnet has been detailed with much work carried out to the underside with replacement floor sections. Mechanical works include a full inspection with particular attention to the braking system that has been overhauled. What we have now fully resprayed beautiful British car with fla

    • Mileage: 67748 mi
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    £59,995 £59,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 FHC

    £119,995 £119,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 1 FHC Introduced in 3.8 litre form in 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. While, inevitably, the car's stupendous straight-line performance and gorgeous looks grabbed the headlines, there was a lot more to the E-Type beneath the skin. The newcomer's design owed much to that of the racing D-Type and, indeed, the E-Type would be one of the last great sports cars developed directly from a successful competition ancestor. Just as in the D-Type, a monocoque tub formed the main body/chassis structure while a tubular space frame extended forwards to support the engine. The latter was the same 3.8-litre, triple-carburettor, 'S' unit first offered as an option on the preceding XK150. With a claimed 265 horsepower on tap, the E-Type's performance did not disappoint. Firstly, because it weighed around 500lb less than the XK150 and secondly, because aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer used experience gained with the D-Type to create one of the most elegant and efficient shapes ever to grace a motor car. This stunning and early example from the second year of production is finished in its rare an

    • Mileage: 102 mi
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    £119,995 £119,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster

    £84,995 £84,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster Back In 1971, Jaguar's jaw-dropping E-Type had been in production for a decade. Despite continual improvements, new emissions legislation in the all-important American market threatened to strangle the big cat's performance. Jaguar responded by giving its revered sports car fresh claws in the shape of a 5343cc V12 engine developed from the stillborn XJ13 Le Mans project car. The new engine was both effortlessly powerful and eerily refined. "The turbine-like smoothness with which the engine provides a sustained shove in the back is almost uncanny, the more so when one accelerates hard in top gear without even a gear change to interrupt one's headlong dash into the distance". (Autocar 5th July 1973) With some 272bhp and 304lbft of torque on tap, the Series III E-Type once again had 150mph in its sights. A revised wheelbase yielded better cabin space and together with wider tracks front and rear, new anti-dive front suspension geometry and fatter tyres gave improved road holding. Imbued with a more muscular stance thanks to its flared wheel arches, re-profiled wings and larger grille, it also benefited from vented disc brakes and a restyl

    • Mileage: 84000 mi
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    £84,995 £84,995
  • Jaguar E-Type E-Type Series 2 Roadster

    £110,000 £110,000

    About this Jaguar E-Type E-Type Series 2 Roadster The E-Type Jaguar is, without doubt, one of the most significant classic motorcars ever penned. Launched in 1961 with the Series I, the second generation came along in 1968. Modifications included open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, tail lights below the bumpers and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more 'ribbed' appearance. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with rocker switches being substituted for toggle switches. This striking E-Type in extremely rare black paint is believed to have been delivered new to California, where it dwelled in the garage of the first owner for the better part of two decades. The second Californian owner would use the Jaguar sparingly before putting it up in long-term storage. The car remained in his ownership for many years until 2012, when a noted San Diego area Jaguar specialist acquired the car and soon embarked on a comprehensive restoration. It received new paint and upholstery to the highest standards in black over red. The car's mechanical systems were comprehensively restored as

    • Mileage: 84252 mi
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    £110,000 £110,000
  • Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 FHC Manual

    £79,995 £79,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 FHC Manual The E-Type Series 2 cars introduced a number of design and mechanical changes where they designed out both safety issues for American legislation and problematical mechanical areas, most notably the lighting, the cooling, the switching plus the steering column was made collapsible and headrests were added. A steeper-raked windshield on 2+2 models brought more glass and the ability to take passengers. A glove-box door was now fitted on all models, together with perforated leather upholstery and newly available power steering. Brakes were new Girling disc brakes with three-piston calipers at the front and two-piston versions at the rear. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a stronger, "ribbed" variety. The previous owner advises that this coupe version has received much recent attention including a full engine rebuild and detail along with new exhaust manifolds, a replacement clutch, master cylinder and brake servo and the carburetors have been refurbished by Burlem Services. The car also benefits from new calipers, discs and brake lines, new fuel lines and pump, new wheels and tyr

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    £79,995 £79,995
  • Jaguar E-Type E Type Series 3 V12 Roadster

    £79,995 £79,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type E Type Series 3 V12 Roadster The Jaguar E-Type was ten years old and needed a new lease of life. History repeated itself and it was a huge success when Jaguar debuted its robust V12 engine in a sports car instead of the saloon for which it was designed. Despite its sports-car heritage, Jaguar depended on saloon vehicles for its survival and had developed the twelve-cylinder engine to power them with sufficient torque and refinement. Larger and softer in nature with weight redistributed 53/47, the Series III had lost the wilds of its youth but gained the long legged touring profile to which it was arguably better suited. This manual E-Type Roadster was built on 6th February 1973 and shipped to New York on 2 March 1973. It spent its life on the East Coast where it was partly restored and had a bare metal respray. The car was then shipped to Eire when its then owner relocated with his collection of Jaguars. The car was then shipped to the UK where its restoration was finished by Showco Jaguar Club near High Wycombe between April 2016 and March 2017. The interior was retrimmed in new leather and finished by TTS near Newbury along with a replacement hood. This l

    • Mileage: 56360 mi
    For sale
    £79,995 £79,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series II 2 + 2

    £79,995 £79,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series II 2 + 2 It is getting harder and harder to find a classic Jaguar E Type that is not known either to Google, the trade or to the various auction houses. Occasionally after much searching and wasted journeys one might just stumble across a very original UK supplied example that is not full of filler and/or rot, has not been converted or imported and then if your luck is really in, one that has only had a handful of owners with a fully traceable history. The unheard of (until now) would be to combine all of the above but with a single registered keeper from new (although he bought it when it was 3 years old). That registered keeper to then have kept documentation including a Heritage Certificate and 29 old MOT certificates detailing the very low usage. We quite obviously jumped at this unusual opportunity and have very sympathetically restored the car to the condition that it stands in today. Works have included a full respray. Whilst the bodywork was sound, it had various marks and scratches and the decision was therefore made to refresh this in its entirety. The interior has (all but the seats) been retrimmed which has retained the all important pati

    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    For sale
    £79,995 £79,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 2+2

    £79,995 £79,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 2+2 - 1 of just 974 RHD S1 Fixed Head Coupe 2+2 cars made - Black leather, Bodywork restored / repainted in the previous ownership - Manual gearbox, Heritage Certificate Finished in Red with Black leather upholstery, 'NFW 811F' is described as being in 'very good' condition with regard to its 4.2-litre engine, four-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment, bodywork, paintwork and interior trim. The Jaguar was entrusted to Andy Marshall of Mansfield for a bodywork refurbishment (photographed) and respray during the previous ownership however the original leather has been retained which shows a wonderful patina. Boasting its original engine plus an electric fan, Heritage Certificate and chrome wire wheels, this rare Series I 4.2 FHC 2+2 has also been recently treated to a front vented discs upgrade by Fossway. Surely this is a case of one 'having their cake and eating it'? Wonderful covered headlamps and rear lights above the bumper yet space inside for the the dog/family/mother-in-law....

    • Mileage: 22000 mi
    For sale
    £79,995 £79,995
  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster

    £94,995 £94,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster This V12 Roadster has to be one of the best examples of this model that we have owned and really must be seen to be believed. As the Heritage Certificate confirms this Jaguar was dispatched to New York on 6 February 1973 in the colour combination that she sports today. As a rust free example, an exacting restoration was undertaken by the last American owner to the highest standards and with the added benefit of uprated adjustable suspension, brakes and exhaust system. With power steeering, an automatic gearbox, assisted brakes, ice cold airconditioning and the sports exhaust burble you surely have the best of both worlds in that you have an E Type that drives like an XKR. If you are in the market for something special, you HAVE to come and see this!

    • Mileage: 50000 mi
    For sale
    £94,995 £94,995
  • Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 FHC

    £99,995 £99,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 1 FHC 1964 brought the advent of a number of changes for the E-Type, namely the 4.2-litre engine. Although still offering the same 265 brake horsepower as the earlier 3.8-litre engine, the 4.2-litre motor now offered 83 more foot-pounds of torque. Another major change was the fitment of a new gearbox: a fully synchronized, four-speed manual transmission with a new Laycock diaphragm clutch. Engine cooling was also revised, and there was a new alternator to replace the generator. The brakes were improved with better power-assist, and the seatbacks were now adjustable. These changes greatly improved the overall feel and driving dynamics of the car, improving on Jaguar’s already brilliant design. Therefore with the above in mind, it is of popular opinion that the Series 1 4.2 is the E Type to buy as it retains the beauty of its predecessor (cowelled healamps etc) but has the huge benefit of the various modifications as listed above. This particular example has been modified to a fast road example and is fitted with sports triple Webber Carburetors for intake and a tubular stainless steel manifold for exhaust and an uprated aluminium radiator w

    • Mileage: 1000 mi
    For sale
    £99,995 £99,995
  • Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 4.2 Roadster

    £99,995 £99,995

    About this Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Series 2 4.2 Roadster The new Series II Jaguar E-Type can be identified by its open headlights without glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper, re-positioned larger front indicators, tail lights below the bumpers, better cooling aided by an enlarged 'mouth' with twin electric fans, and up-rated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a more industrial 'ribbed' appearance. The interior and dashboard were also re-designed, with rocker switches being substituted for toggle switches. Head restraints, a collapsible steering column and an all synchromesh gearbox improved safety and comfort for the occupants. This very early, manufactured 1968, righthand drive, suggested matching number Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster has only covered 3,000 miles in the last fourteen years. The Heritage Certificate which accompanies the car details numbers and confirms that this E Type was supplied originally by Henlys in London with the date of dispatch 14 December 1968. More latterly in 1985, the car was the subject to a chassis up rebuild and since has been well looked after and has a very good history file to sugge

    • Mileage: 32000 mi
    For sale
    £99,995 £99,995
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £88,990 £88,990

    Needing no introduction our matching numbers Series II Roadster is a charming car with an honest feel. Restored some time ago, it is offered in a condition which tells a story and is very pleasing indeed. Furthermore, it is sold with valuable registration ’72 VY’ as viewed. Imported from Florida in 1997, our car was then subjected to a thorough restoration and conversion to right hand drive which was completed in 2005. It was during the restoration that the lovely Signal Red paint was chosen, though the whole car was stripped and repainted again just three years ago. At this time the car was also professionally retrimmed in Black to a high standard, and a brand new windscreen fitted. Our car further benefits from nearly-new MWS chrome wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato tyres, EBC ventilated disc brakes and pads, hi-torque starter motor, uprated distributor, battery isolator switch and is in very good all-round mechanical order with MOT’s to record the mileage from just 85,500 when imported in 1997 to 98,500 today. The Series II is in our opinion too often overlooked but at our price level we believe this offers genuine value for money versus an equivalent S1 or even S3 Roadster.

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 98500 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £88,990 £88,990
  • 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 - 3.8 Litre LHD Roadster

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    Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 Just arrived at JD Classics. A highly original and very low ownership 1963 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 Litre LHD Roadster. Constructed in the late spring of 1963 this LHD roadster was delivered directly from the factory to its first owner, a US Airforce officer named J Fellows, as a Personal Export Delivery vehicle. As is usual with such cars the E-type was first registered with a Coventry number (5089WK) and the original UK buff log book records the first owner as Jaguar Cars Limited, with Fellows recorded as the second. From the extensive history file that accompanies the car it is apparent that Fellows was stationed near Hamburg, Germany, and that he kept the car for the duration of his European posting before taking it back to the US when he was repatriated. The first change of private ownership occurred a few years later when the E-Type was sold to a Mr Bob Daly in 1967 who was based in California. Daly retained the car for almost 40 years and the car only left the Daly family this summer when it was exported to the UK and acquired by JD Classics. During Daly’s ownership the car was lovingly maintained and today it remains in very goo

    • Year: 1963
    For sale
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