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Jaguar E-type buying guide (1961-1974)

Jaguar E-type Nine out of ten cool cats who expressed a preference reckon the Jaguar E-type is the most glamorous, sensual car of all time. And is that any wonder? There aren’t enough superlatives in the dictionary to do the E-type justice; if grown men had car posters on their bedroom walls, this Jag would grace most of them. All those clichés about setting the world alight are true; this car really did rewrite the rulebook. 



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.



Jaguar historian Philip Porter runs the E-type Club. He owns several examples himself, and says: ‘There’s a huge spread of values from £5000 up to £200,000 – or £1million for a genuine Lightweight. At one extreme you can buy a 2+2 project and at the other a superbly restored, heavily upgraded Series 1 roadster. 



Jaguar E-type engines



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 – but don’t panic. You can rebuild one at home for around £2000, or pay double this to get it done professionally. If you go DIY, the XK engine is the easier to revive of the pair.



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. A specialist charges £4000+, or you could do it yourself for £600 – if you’re skilled. 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 15lb psi (earlier E-types are just 4lb psi). A full set is £143.50.
 
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 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 with a replacement diff costing £750. 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. Expect to pay £900 for a rebuilt transmission, whether it’s a Moss unit or a later one.



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. Expect to pay £400 for an exchange unit.



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 at just £65 for the pair. 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.

Should you buy a Jaguar E-type? 



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. 



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. Philip Porter’s book Original Jaguar E-type (details in books listing), will highlight any inconsistencies in the specification.



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. 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.

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.

Words: Richard Dredge
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  • Over 350 Classic and sportscars in stock. More information and photos on www.thegallerybrummen.nl. Or contact us by phone: 0031-575-564055

    • Year: 1969

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    • Mileage: 6888 mi

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  • '73 V12 Coupe, 30k miles, 4 speed, A/C, Chrome Wires, superb.......... Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1973 Jaguar E-type V12 Coupe in British Racing Green with Biscuit interior. 30,500 miles from new. Two owners, local west coast car. Superb body with purportedly original paint. Some marks but incredible overall. Lovely original interior. Superb mechanically and a delight to drive. A/C is cold. Heritage Certificate inbound. Inspections encouraged all sales AS-IS, sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Please note: All vehicles over 10 years old are mileage EXEMPT . All of our cars are for sale locally in our showroom and we reserve the right to sell any of them at any time. It is our goal to provide the highest quality vehicles to our customers. However, please keep in mind that when purchasing a used vehicle that most cars are not "perfect" and minor imperfections will be visible upon closer inspection. These imperfections include, but are not limited to, small scratches and dings, rock chips, small stains or tears in the carpeting, and wear on the seats. We make every attempt to accurately describe the "overall" condition of the vehicle.

    • Year: 1973

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  • 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster 1966 Jaguar XKE Roadster in golden sand with parchment interior and equipped with a manual transmission, wire wheels, covered headlights and triple su carburetors. This car also comes with the spare tire, jack and drivers hand book. Very presentable car. Same owner for many years, mechanically sound. For $84,500 If you have any additional questions Please call 310-975-0272 or email with any questions! We also welcome all international buyers. We can help with shipping quotes and arrangements. Share this!

    • Year: 1966

    Last update: 9 Days Old
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  • Beverly Hills Car Club
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  • E-Type UK have recently finished the full restoration on this Californian, matching numbers Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 OTS. This E-Type benefits from many E-Type UK upgrades including; fast road engine, six branch stainless steel exhaust system, silicone hoses, aluminium radiator and header tank, high output alternator and adjustable shock absorbers front and rear. This E-Type includes its original matching numbers four speed Moss gearbox in part of the sale, for originality purposes. For further information, please contact Mark on 01732852762 Back to Vehicles The Duck House Barn, North Frith Farm, Ashes Lane, Hadlow, Kent, TN11 9QU +44 (0) 1732 852 762 info@etypeuk.com mark@etypeuk.com harry@etypeukusa.com 2631 Lavery Court Unit 5 & 6, Newbury Park, California, 91320 +1 805 498 3555 +1 805 267 6795 info@etypeukusa.com harry@etypeukusa.com Follow E-Type UK on Twitter Like E-Type UK on Facebook Website by Wallgo

    • Year: 1963

    Last update: 10 Days Old
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  • E Type UK
    01732 852 762
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  • There is a comprehensive photographic record of the work which shows how totally comprehensive the project was. Restoration was completed in 1993 and it is a testament to the high standard of workmanship that this E-Type remains in breathtaking condition today. Tom Walkinshaw specified the black hide interior which has now settled beautifully and looks 'just right'. Every element of this car has very clearly been greatly cared for through subsequent years and it has been garaged in ideal de-humidified conditions. The light but regular use it has experienced has also been beneficial to the condition. This E-type is well featured in Philip Porters 'The Iconic E-Type' publication as part of a fabulous fashion shoot by Abigail Humphries. It is also the cover car for the book. The full set of relevant stunning images will be supplied with car enabling pictures or posters to be printed for your wall. We have known and serviced this car for a good length of time now and in 2005 we upgraded the specification to increase reliability and safety and to offer a great touring specification. Please click on the Specification pane above to access full details. Simply beautiful. Every E-Type we se

    • Year: 1966

    Last update: 11 Days Old
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  • 1966 JAGUAR E-TYPE 4.2 SERIES 1 2+2. Signal Red with Biscuit Hide. 2 Owners from new – the last since 1983. Total ground up restoration by M&C Wilkinson. A unique example fitted with Overdrive, Giving 32 mph per 1000 rpm. At 3000 rpm that’s 96 mph ! Adjustable Reaction Plate, Alloy Header Tank, Stainless Steel Exhaust, 4 Pot Calipers, Electric Steel Sunroof, Electronic Ignition, High Torque Starter, 15`` MotaLita Steering Wheel, Competition Wire Wheels, Heated Rear Window, Uprated Heater Matrix, Koni Shockers, Anti Burst Door Locks Etc. Etc. Outstanding in every respect. In my opinion the most useable of all E-Types.

    • Year: 1966

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  • Sherwood Restorations
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  • In more recent years a full restoration, completed by a serial concours-winning specialist, brought the E-Type up to a world-class level. The quality is immediately clear and has been proven with two first-in-class wins and a second place to a Mercedes Gullwing in various concours events. As such, today’s odometer reading of just 3,021 miles is likely to be the total mileage since that award-winning restoration. Presented in the classic 1960s colours of red paint, biscuit trim and a black hood, this Roadster is the classic image of E-Type motoring. A comprehensive folder details the restoration and also the concours history, with the JDHT certification confirming that chassis, engine and body are indeed matching numbers. With launch-year, flat floor cars considered to be the connoisseur’s six-cylinder E-Type of choice this has to be a tremendous opportunity for both investment and enjoyment. Eagle’s full rectification program, which in this case incorporates the renewal and upgrading of the chassis frames, is included within the asking price. Every E-Type we sell can be converted to left or right hand drive, and can also benefit from our world-renowned Eagle upgrades . Learn about

    • Year: 1961

    Last update: 15 Days Old

    • Mileage: 3021 mi

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  • '72 E-type Roadster, 20k miiles, Superb.......... Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1972 Jaguar E-type V12 Series III Roadster in Primrose with Black interior & top. 20,708 miles, automatic, A/C, chrome wire wheels. Superb rust & accident free body with superb, mostly original paint. Lovely interior & top. Mechanically superb & a delight to drive. Comes with its original tools, jack, spare & handbook. This is in the top 5% of V12 E-types condition-wise and as good an honest specimen as you will find. Inspections encouraged, all sales AS-IS. Sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Please note: All vehicles over 10 years old are mileage EXEMPT . All of our cars are for sale locally in our showroom and we reserve the right to sell any of them at any time. It is our goal to provide the highest quality vehicles to our customers. However, please keep in mind that when purchasing a used vehicle that most cars are not "perfect" and minor imperfections will be visible upon closer inspection. These imperfections include, but are not limited to, small scratches and dings, rock chips, small stains or tears in the carpeting, and wear on the seats. We make

    • Year: 1972

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  • Chequered Flag
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  • 1967 Jaguar Series 1 4.2 Litre Left Hand Drive Roadster. Opalescent Silver Blue, Dark Blue Hide and carpets and Dark Blue Hood. Original Factory colour specification, full matching numbers, subject of a total bare shell rebuild to a very high standard, alloy radiator, wide rim chromed wire wheels, ex California car. A superb example. Please contact us for further details.

    • Year: 1967

    Last update: 17 Days Old
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  • JD Classics
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadster. Opalescent Silver Grey with Dark Blue hide and Black roof. Purchased by JD Classics in 2012 from California as a remarkably sound and original car. Subject of a total dismantle and subsequent JD Classics 3,000 hour nut and bolt restoration to full JD Sport specification. Latest fast road specification dyno-tested JD Sport 4.2 litre engine with electronic ignition, JD Sport fast-flow 2” stainless steel exhaust (full system), upgraded cooling fan, competition large core aluminium radiator, JD Sport 5-speed manual gearbox, JD Sport multi adjustable coilover suspension front and rear with JD Sport competition adjustable roll bar, AP Racing front disc brakes, upgraded rear brakes, competition stainless steel wire wheels, JD Sport seats. An opportunity to beat our waiting list for fully JD Classics restored vehicles. Please contact us for further details.

    • Year: 1965

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  • JD Classics
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  • Two Series 1 4.2 Litre JD Sport E-Type Roadsters currently under construction. Final specification can be tailored to your individual requirements and colour preference. A choice of Left or Right Hand Drive. Standard specification will include JD high torque engines, JD 5-speed manual gearbox, JD AP brakes, electric power steering, handmade stainless steel exhaust manifold and exhaust system, JD suspension, JD handmade alloy radiator and electric cooling fan, JD Sport stainless steel 16” competition wire wheels, choice of carburettors or JD fuel injection. Please contact us for further details.

    • Year: 1965

    Last update: 17 Days Old
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  • 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 RHD Roadster. Similar to picture above. 2 owners from new, first owner up until 2003. UK delivered, full matching numbers and original UK registration number. Original colour specification of Opalescent Silver Blue with Dark Blue Hide. Local car to JD Classics since new. JD Classics are completing a total restoration of this vehicle. Please contact us for further information.

    • Year: 1962

    Last update: 17 Days Old
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 3 5.3 litre Right Hand Drive Roadster in Red with Black hide interior. Chrome wire wheels. An excellent UK supplied matching numbers car completely restored to concours standard. Winner of concours events in both the UK and USA including Jaguar Drivers Club and Benson & Hedges Concours, major JD Classics mechanical inspection and correction just completed. A superb restored car for the collector who appreciates both visual and mechanical perfection.

    • Year: 1973

    Last update: 15 Days Old
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  • JD Classics
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 litre Flat Floor Roadster. Cream with Dark Blue hide and carpets, Dark Blue hood. Total JD Classics concours restoration, full matching numbers and original factory colour specification. The first E-Type delivered to Switzerland, supplied by Swiss Jaguar importer Emil Frey in 1961. 3,500 hour restoration, winner of some of the world’s most prestigious concours events. Please contact us for further details.

    • Year: 1961

    Last update: 17 Days Old
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  • JD Classics
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  • Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Roadster. Old English White with Black hide. Factory right hand drive UK supplied example. Factory hardtop. Subject of a substantive JD Classics cosmetic restoration and fitted with the following upgrades: JD Sport stainless steel sports exhaust, JD Sport shock absorbers and adjustable roll bar, JD Sport 5 speed gearbox, JD Sport wide rim competition stainless steel wheels, JD Sport cooling upgrade and JD Touring Specification full engine overhaul including cylinder head with unleaded fuel conversion. Extensive history file including receipts of works at JD Classics. A superb restored and upgraded example, ideal for continental touring.

    • Year: 1967

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  • '69 E-type Coupe, 34k, California car from new.. Heritage certificate... Chequered Flag International is pleased to offer this 1969 Jaguar E-type Coupe in Willow Green with Biscuit interior. 34,090 miles with two California owners - the first from 1969 to 2013. Totally rust free, superb underside. Perfect body with mostly original paint. There has been a blend across the front of the hood to around 1/3 of the way back, also two dimples in the hood when it was closed on something. Mechanically superb - great oil pressure, no smoke, great clutch & syncros. The only deviation from stock is an aluminum radiator for better cooling. Series II's are the best driving version of the E-type and this is the best driving series II we've had in many years. Interior is superb - seats appear to have been recently reupholstered in correct leather. Heritage Certificate verifies numbers and colors (see below) This is absolutely one of the best original series II E-types we've seen in many years - they just don't exist in this condition anymore. Inspections encouraged, all sales AS-IS sales tax and license fees due if delivered in California. Please note: All vehicles over 10 years old are mileage EX

    • Year: 1969

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  • Chequered Flag
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  • Right Hand Drive: UK Registered The Jaguar E-Type is a British automobile legend; manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd between 1961 and 1975. It combined good looks, high performance that instantly captured the imagination of the British public at the time and it has remained a truly iconic piece of British motoring history since. It was voted “the most beautiful car of all time” by the Daily Telegraph; Sports Car International Magazine placed the E Type at number one on their list of Top Sports Cars of the decade. This Beacham E-type Jaguar has the total functionality of a new car with its original iconic styling. A car destined for the classic enthusiast who requires total reliability along with modern technology and modern features; with the added benefit of some serious fun and enjoyment. No other car from the 1960’s is as recognized - and desired - as the Jaguar E-Type Roadster. When first introduced at the Genève motor show it was an immediate sensation; Its unique design that owes nothing to anything previous car ever made, it is a mix of all the Jaguar traditions with its lovely oval grille, rounded lines and long nose; Enzo Ferrari himself declared it to be “The most beautiful

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  • Jaguar E-Type

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    1964 Series 1 Jaguar E-type FHC RHD Quote Ref: NFCC0002 CPC Current Exterior Colour: Red Current Interior Colour: Black Chassis Number: 861483 Completed Restoration

    • Year: 1964

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    • Engine size: 3.8

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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £260,216 £260,216

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    1961 Series 1 Jaguar E-type FHC LHD Quote Ref: NFCC0011 CPC Original Exterior Colour: Opalescent Bronze Original Interior Colour: Red Chassis Number: 885221 In Restoration Process

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    • Engine size: 3.8

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    £225,216 £225,216

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    1962 Series 1 Jaguar E-type FHC LHD Quote Ref: NFCC0062 CPC Original Exterior Colour: Black Original Interior Colour: Red Chassis Number: 887474 Awaiting Restoration

    • Year: 1962

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    • Engine size: 3.8

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    £230,216 £230,216

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    1967 Series 1 Jaguar E-type FHC LHD Quote Ref: NFCC0094 CPC Original Exterior Colour: Opalescent Silver Grey Original Interior Colour: Red Chassis Number: 1E33296 Awaiting Restoration

    • Year: 1962

    Last update: 27 Days Old

    • Engine size: 4.2

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    £255,216 £255,216

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    1962 Series 1 Jaguar E-type FHC RHD Quote Ref: NFCC0059 CPC Original Exterior Colour: Red Original Interior Colour: Red Chassis Number: 860735 Awaiting Restoration

    • Year: 1962

    Last update: 27 Days Old

    • Engine size: 3.8

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