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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

    $305,000(£0) $305,000(£0)

    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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    $305,000(£0) $305,000(£0)
    Kelly Dietrick
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £79,995 £79,995

    Radio, UK Specification, UK Supplied, Full Leather, Front Centre Armrest, Sunroof, Full service history A Magnificent UK supplied Matching numbers Rhd Series 2 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe finished in Signal Red with Black Leather interior.Fitted with Chrome Wire Wheels and A Webasto Sunroof from new.Last enthusiast owner since 2004, previous owner 18 years. This is the actual cat Jaguar used in its publicity material for the launch of the XK8 in 1996 have the shots to prove.This actual car featured in the TV series ''The Cars the Star'' alongside Sir Jackie Stewart.Extensive history with every Mot since 1978.The car was sympathetically restored in 2002, all bills available but is largely original. Maintains excellent oil pressure and is in A condition. The car drives and handles as it should.Hpi clear. Overseas and Uk delivery and Extended Warranty at extra cost. Tax exempt and Mot exempt from June.

    • Mileage: 86900 mi
    • Engine size: 4235
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    £79,995 £79,995
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £170,000 £170,000

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

    • Year: 1966
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    €88,000(£0) €88,000(£0)

    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: Jaguar E Type coupè FHC 4.2 S2 year 1971 imported from USA 10 years ago. After the purchase few jobs were made on the car: - full new paint job - new exhausts - new disk brakes and pads, brake pipes, fuel pump - new tyres - few different small jobs made - new carpet and body seals - new lamps unit fitted to obtain italian registration ASI certificate. The eriodic inspection expires in June 2018.. Ready to use and of certain value increase. TERMS AND CONDITIONs OF SALE We do not have the possibility to constantly update our prices and ads so it is possible that the selling price displayed may be changed. It is the burden of the buyer to verify all information, datas and inspect the vehicle before proceeding to purchase. We are able to supply any kind of documentation upon request. For further information we are at your disposal please contact us at +39 030/2411531 , mail to info@luzzago.com Visit our webpage www.luzzago.com TIPS We are able to delivery your purchase straight to you. Contact us for quote to your address. (also shipping too EU and Extra EU community)

    • Year: 1971
    • Mileage: 32602 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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    €88,000(£0) €88,000(£0)
  • Jaguar E-Type

    €115,000(£0) €115,000(£0)

    VEHICLE DESCRIPTION: Full restoration taken care in every detail. Engine completely reviewed at 73680 kms (shown by the odometer) in 2011, since then the car covered only 700 kms. Excellent conditions of body and interiors with leather seats. Registered in Italy, JAGUAR HERITAGE, ASI certificate. Ready to excite! TERMS AND CONDITIONs OF SALE We do not have the possibility to constantly update our prices and ads so it is possible that the selling price displayed may be changed. It is the burden of the buyer to verify all information, datas and inspect the vehicle before proceeding to purchase. We are able to supply any kind of documentation upon request. For further information we are at your disposal please contact us at +39 030/2411531 , mail to info@luzzago.com Visit our webpage www.luzzago.com TIPS We are able to delivery your purchase straight to you. Contact us for quote to your address. (also shipping too EU and Extra EU community)

    • Year: 1970
    • Mileage: 46065 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Jaguar E-Type

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

    • Year: 1961
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    €170,000(£0) €170,000(£0)

    DESCRIZIONE VETTURA: Restauro integrale durato oltre 6 anni, risanata totalmente la scocca, rettifica totale del motore con sostituzione di tutte le parti soggette ad usura, revisione cambio, revisione completa ponte posteriore. Sono disponibili foto del restauro e tutte le fatture di acquisto per un valore importante. Il motore e tutte le parti meccaniche sono soggette a rodaggio poichè solo nel 2017 l'auto ha percorso 100 km dal completamento. Vettura da immatricolare, documentazione in ordine. CONDIZIONI DI VENDITA Nella impossibilità di un continuo aggiornamento il prezzo pubblicato è da considerarsi indicativo La Luzzago si riserva la facoltà di variarlo senza preavviso per ragioni di mercato e per migliorie apportate. Si invita a fare riferimento al listino ufficiale disponibile in sede. I dati descrittivi e la documentazione relativi alla vettura possono contenere errori o inesattezze. Pertanto quanto descritto non ha valore contrattuale ma è puramente indicativo. La Luzzago non risponde per la eventuale mancanza o difformità di parti o componenti rispetto alle caratteristiche originali di produzione ed omologazione. E’fatto onere all’acquirente di mettere in atto le verifiche necessarie. Per ogni informazioni siamo a vostra disposizione al +39 030/2411531 o via mail all'indirizzo info@luzzago.com SUGGERIMENTO Abbiamo la possibilità di consegnare la vostra vettura direttamente a casa. Richiedeteci un preventivo gratuito (valido anche per esportazione in paesi EU e Extra EU).

    • Year: 1962
    • Mileage: 300 mi
    • Engine size: 3.8
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £120,000 £120,000

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

    • Year: 1968
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £120,000 £120,000

    This vehicle is currently UNDER OFFER The US was Jaguar’s leading market for the E-Type; therefore when the US introduced certain safety legislations for 1969, Jaguar were forced to redesign specific parts of the E-Type and the Series 2 was born. Open headlights, redesigned rear end and a larger grille were just some of the new features, the Series 2 began production in late 1968. This Series 2 is a later example, manufactured on 12th February 1970 and dispatched to British Leyland, New York on 23rd February. The car was imported back to the UK in mid-2012 and entered its 2nd UK-owner’s hands in early-2017. Originally finished in Willow Green with Cinnamon hide and Black hood, this OTS retains its original 4.2 XK engine and 4-speed synchro gearbox meaning it is a fully matching numbers example. Once imported back to the UK, the owner set about having the car fully restored by an independent Jaguar specialist. It was stripped back to a bare metal shell and rebuilt over a period of three years from 2013-2016. This means today the car is presented in stunning condition; especially after having completed only a few hundred miles since restoration. The owner chose his favourite combination of Carmen Red with Black hide and hood to complete this E-Type to. We think this was a very good choice as you no longer see many E-Types finished to a high-standard in Carmen Red. The car comes with two very large files, one includes photos of the whole restoration process; whereas the other contains hundreds of parts and labour invoices from the restoration, as well as the Jaguar Heritage Certificate. This E-Type was not only restored, but converted to UK-specification, meaning it now has much more powerful triple SU carburettors with no smog equipment and is of course, right hand drive. This iconic classic is brilliant to drive as the original UK-specification cars usually are, and is a sure-fire investment for the future. This E-Type must be seen in person to be fully appreciated, if you would like to arrange a viewing please get into contact with us. For more information, please email marcus@etypeuk.com or call us on 01732 852 762.

    • Year: 1970
    • Mileage: 34000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £120,000 £120,000
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £135,000 £135,000

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

    • Year: 1967
    • Engine size: 4.2
    For sale
    £135,000 £135,000
  • 1963 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

    $225,000(£0) $225,000(£0)

    When the time came for Jaguar to replace the ageing XK-150, which traced its roots back to 1948 with the XK-120, Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons relied again on his proven strategy of affordability combined with exotic looks and race-proven technology. Lyons and his chief aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer worked together to design the new car, which employed a semi-monocoque tub utilizing ingenious bolt-on front subframes to support the engine and independent front suspension, inspired by the Le Mans-winning D-Type. The featured the ingenious modular independent rear suspension with inboard brakes, pioneered on the Mk10. The E-type also boasted such exotic tech as four wheel disc brakes, torsion bar front suspension, and a 3.8 liter version of the XK’s twin-cam inline six pumping out a startling 265 horsepower; numbers one would expect from a car costing twice as much. The all-new E-Type first appeared to a stunned audience at the 1961 Geneva Auto Salon, earning praise from press, public and fellow automakers alike. Along with its impressive mechanical spec, the gorgeous body was quite unlike anything that had been seen before. Beautiful and curvaceous yet with a sporty aggression, the E-Type was a smashing success from day one. Fascinatingly, co-designer Malcolm Sayer had no interest in designing a car based purely on aesthetics, rather, he was far more interested in aerodynamics and applying his experience with the D-Type toward a design that allowed form to follow function. Rather ironically, the E-Type turned out to be not terribly aerodynamically efficient, but became one of the most celebrated aesthetic designs of the 20th century. Thankfully, Jaguar gave it the performance to back up the looks and a well-driven E-type could easily hang with a contemporary Ferrari or Aston Martin, yet it cost a fraction of the price of those exotic machines. The Jaguar E-Type has gone on to become a perennial favorite among enthusiasts, and many collectors consider it a cornerstone of any grouping of significant cars. This striking 1963 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 OTS is an exquisite, fully restored and highly detailed example of the desirable first generation E-Type. This well-documented car is very correct and stunningly presented in its rare, original color combination. According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this car, S/N 879061, was delivered new in May of 1963 to G.W. Baltey of Littleton, Colorado. Subsequent documentation shows the car was purchased out of Colorado by David McFarland of Newcastle, Wyoming in 1973, who sold it to Blaine Hall, also of Wyoming, who owned it until 1982. The next owner, Mr. Scott Waggener of Provo, Utah began a restoration at some point, but then sold it as a partially completed project to Eugene Banks in 1996. While in the care of Mr. Banks, the E-Type received the care it deserved in the hands of experienced Jaguar restorers Lundquist Restorations in Utah. The subsequent restoration, which was completed in 2004, was highly detailed, very correct and done original specification. Today, this wonderful E-Type is presented in gorgeous condition, with excellent panel fit, paint quality and brightwork. The original Sand Beige color suits the E-type’s compound curves splendidly, and this car simply sparkles. The exterior is well detailed with correct fittings and hardware, chrome wire wheels with Vredestien Sprint Classic tires, and a rare US-spec front license plate bracket with a clever mechanism that folds the plate under as the bonnet is opened. The cockpit of the 3.8 liter E-Type is distinguished by its racy fixed-back leather bucket seats and the perforated alloy trim that graces the dash and console. Restored back to factory specification, the tan leather now shows a light patina places but remains in very fine order overall. Correct materials are used throughout the cabin such as Wilton wool carpets, Hardura on the rear bulkhead, and correct vinyl on the sills and door cards. The attention to detail is obvious, as the car retains original-type seat belts, restored original instruments, original switchgear, and a lovely period correct radio. This car features a rare and desirable removable hard top, which has been restored to the same high standard as the rest of the car, as well as the soft top trimmed in black Stayfast canvas and a matching top boot. Many enthusiasts prefer the 3.8 liter engine for its free-revving nature and sweeter feel. This car does not disappoint, spinning freely to redline, and emitting an intoxicating bark from the factory-correct exhaust and feeling solid and planted on the road. The inline-six is finely presented with highly polished cam covers, intake and carburetors, and correct gold painted cylinder head. Details such as the porcelain exhaust manifolds remain in excellent condition, correctly fitted with brass nuts as original. Factory correct wiring, fittings and hardware round out the wonderful under-bonnet presentation. According to the documents, this car retains its original, matching numbers engine block, cylinder head, and frame rails. The sale includes a comprehensive history file, the aforementioned Heritage Certificate, as well as a factory tool kit and jack in the original pouches. Finely restored to a high standard and immensely collectible, this superb Jaguar E-Type 3.8 OTS is equally at home on the road or the show field, a fine example ready for touring, rallies or JCNA events.

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    $225,000(£0) $225,000(£0)
  • Jaguar E-Type

    £147,500 £147,500

    The 4.2 litre Jaguar E-type was the natural evolution of the 3.8 Series 1 Jaguar E-type, with a larger engine and more luxurious interior to make it more suitable for the American market, the 4.2 litre E-type was regarded at its time as the more refined model due to the introduction of synchro gearbox, servo brakes and a more luxurious interior including larger seats. This Series 1 4.2 Roadster was manufactured for delivery in USA in September 1966, Chassis No 1E 13560 and Engine No. 7E 10372-9 (supported by a Jaguar Heritage Certificate) and is finished in Carmen red with an immaculate black interior with a black mohair hood and hood cover (all original colours). The car underwent an extensive restoration in the USA in 2004 and comes with a large photographic record of restoration and comprehensive history file. Restoration covered every aspect to extraordinary detail across bodywork and mechanics including: • Full engine, gearbox, carburettors and independent rear suspension rebuild; • Upgraded cooling system with more efficient water pump; heavy duty radiator and Kenlow fan with 40 amp fuse; • Upgraded high performance leads, electronic ignition and modern starter motor; • Beautifully detailed engine bay and rear boot floor and sump; • Discreet I-phone wire to sound system; Since being shipped to the UK in September 2014, the car has benefited from a bare metal re-spray along with engine bay detailing, professional RHD conversation and some upgrading mechanical work: • Modern fan • Stainless steel exhaust • Electronic ignition This is a beautiful car with excellent shut lines and has an exceptionally detailed engine bay, rear boot compartment and independent rear suspension. With its well-kept original black interior, this car has been tuned to perfection with exhilarating responsiveness on both the throttle and brake that provides the most exciting and stable drive. With a perfectly tight quick synchro gearbox and no squeaks or rattles, this Series 1 E-type is a joy to drive. MOT till May 2018 and all UK documentations, as well as the original handbook and heritage certificate are present with the car. If you would like anymore information or would like to arrange a viewing, then please email us or call on 01732 852762

    • Year: 1966
    • Mileage: 6200 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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    £147,500 £147,500
  • Jaguar E-TYPE

    £124,950 £124,950

    Variant name:4.2 ,Variant: 4.2 An unrestored Series 2 E Type Roadster with Matching Numbers. This E-Type was manufactured 02/12/1968, and dispatched from the factory 31/12/1968 to suppling dealer Peter Lindner of Germany. The car’s first owner was an American service man Dr Donald Kahn, when he had finished his tour in Germany the car returned to Birmingham, Alabama, USA with Dr Kahn. While in Alabama the E-Type was maintained by Jaguar specialist Louis England of “The Auto Shop Inc”, right up until it’s transfer of ownership to the second and present owner Roger Oyston in November 1996. The E-Type was duly repatriated back to the UK and registered on 09/04/1997. In its present ownership the E-Type has done less than 3000miles however has been cherished and lavishly maintained with no expense spared, with full documented history, including all of its MOT’s and tax discs, photos, invoices and videos, it was treated to a bare metal respray in 1999 staying with the original colour of Signal Red. Likewise was treated to new stainless steel wire wheels, tyres and spinners only recently. This E-Type has to be one of the best unrestored examples available, included in the sale are numerous spares, one being a brand new rare UK spec differential. Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate.

    • Year: 1969
    • Mileage: 54000 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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    £124,950 £124,950
  • Jaguar E-Type

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    *SIMILAR QUALITY CARS ALWAYS REQUIRED* SOLD Thinking of selling? Our proven commission sale or SOR (Sale or Return) program is a great way to utilise and access our professional services and facilities while still maximising the return from your vehicle with minimal hassle, stress and time, If you’d like to take advantage of this then please get in touch for further information. Alternatively If you’d like to move your vehicle on quickly and efficiently with minimal delay then we can make an offer on an outright purchase basis with payment and collection arranged soon after. A UK Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2 2+2 FHC with a warranted 15,715 miles from new. EQUIPMENT Full width wrap-round bumpers, sealed beam asymmetric headlights, side reflectors, twin reversing lights, collapsible steering column, revolution counter, battery condition indicator, water and oil pressure gauge, fuel light, electronic clock, rocker switches, map reading light, cigar lighter with luminous socket, recessed choke and heater controls, recessed disc shape ventilation direction controls, padded screen rail, lockable glove compartment, interior boot release. Factory Options: Power assisted steering, Borg Warner automatic transmission, heated rear window, chrome pressed wheels. EXTERIOR Costing more than the Open Two-Seater and Fixed Head Coupe, the 2+2 model was Jaguars flagship E-Type model and only 1041 Series 2 RHD examples were produced. Finished in opulent Regency Red this car looks striking at any angle. Purists will be astounded by the originality of this cherished vehicle and soon forgive the minor blemishes and dings all revealing an honest factory built example rather than a stripped restored ‘as new’ car. A letter in the history file from the first owner until 2012 confirms garage storage from new and even explains a small imperfection to the bonnet thanks to a mechanic leaving a spanner on the engine! The chrome enhancements, slightly tarnished, still sparkle despite never having been re-chromed and all badges, glass and Lucas headlamps are factory fitted. The ‘Guaranteed Underbody Protection Sticker’ and ‘Triplex Electrically Heated’ stickers as attached from new and are still present on the front and rear screens. Incredibly rare, unique and virtually unrepeatable. INTERIOR Manufactured on the 3rd June 1970 this incredible E-Type Jaguar still has factory fitted interior. Fully upholstered in finest quality Black Vaumol leather over deep Dunlopillo cushions only found on grand marques, it offers a unique combination of patina, aroma and natural grain. Unbelievably the headrests have never had the protective clear wrapping removed and there is a small mark to the centre console. The deep pile carpeting can be lifted to reveal original thick underlay and pristine metal floors. All Smiths gauges, smooth contour rocker type switches operate correctly and the 160mph speedometer reminds the driver of the sporting credentials. The three-spoke lightweight alloy steering wheel with wood rim proudly displaying the growler badge is divine. A real automotive indulgence. ENGINE & TRANSMISSION The desirable six cylinder 4.2 litre XK engine with twin overhead camshafts and three S.U carburetters produces 265bhp and performs impeccably with silky smooth power delivery thanks to the very low mileage credentials and expert maintenance. Labels and stickers attached from new are still visible on components. Only available on the flagship 2+2 FHC is the optional automatic Borg Warmer Model 8 with dual drive range D1/D2 and it performs faultlessly. A beautifully matched engine/gearbox combination with the added delight of factory optional power steering gives real world relaxing driving pleasure. WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES Optional special chromium plated pressed steel wheels cost an extra £31. 6 shillings and 8 pence as per the original sales invoice and present immaculately with a mirror shine and no damage. Matching Avon 185 HR15 tyres are fitted with ample tread. Servo assisted disc brakes all round with independent hydraulic circuits front and rear stop the car adequately. HISTORY FILE Truly remarkable and a collectors dream. The Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate confirms this to be a matching numbers RHD UK example despatched on the 12th August 1970 to Lex Motor Co, Wembley. Purchased by Dr Irene Prosser with assistance from her father, a famous surgeon, on the 1st November 1970. The total price of the vehicle including factory options was £3,056 as clearly documented on the original purchase invoice. Owned and cherished by her for the next 42 years with minimal use due to a demanding successful career. Upon having her daily Jaguar serviced at Main Dealers, Clelands, she entered into conversation with the Dealer Principal and retired British Touring Car Championship, (BTCC), Driver, John Cleland, who made a point of thanking her for her repeat business and loyalty and to remind her he would like to purchase her very low mileage Jaguar E-Type! On this occasion his persistence paid off she agreed to sell the car for a large sum of money. Owned by Mr Cleland and his Jaguar Dealership for two years, but never registered to him, it was used for Jaguar shows and on display in his new car showroom. Sold to the second and only other registered keeper in 2014, Mr Jayesh Patel a serial car collector owning other iconic cars such as a Ferrari 348 GTB and Aston Martin V8, a photograph of him collecting the car from John Cleland himself at the Dealership is included in the history file along with the purchase invoice. Mr Patel has adored the car to the present day. Absolutely all documentation from purchase is included within the Lex Group wallet including the original purchase invoice, price guide with the options ticked and handbooks. Service invoices throughout are present and a letter dated 23rd August 2014 from Dr Prosser to Mr Patel beautifully detailing the cars history is present along with two sets of keys. MOT February 2019, HPI Clear. To see a video of this car please copy the link below: https://youtu.be/OG0_Pp5Fj4Q To see a full set of photographs of this car please copy the link below: https://flic.kr/s/aHskwn2H6b 'Like us' or 'Follow us' for exciting new cars coming soon at KGF Classic Cars: https://www.facebook.com/KGFClassiccars https://twitter.com/KGFClassicCars

    • Year: 1970
    • Mileage: 15715 mi
    • Engine size: 4.2
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  • Jaguar E Type SIII

    £165,000 £165,000

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

    • Year: 1972
    • Mileage: 44500 mi
    • Engine size: 5.3
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    £165,000 £165,000
  • JAGUAR E-TYPE V12 Series 3 S3 1971

    £59,888 £59,888

    1971 Jaguar V12 E Type series 3. Original UK car, right hand drive, with a manual gearbox. This superb example was professionally restored in 2007, including a bare metal body restoration, engine and gearbox rebuild, and a completely new leather interior. All other parts that needed replacing including wheels, hubs, tyres, exhaust, rack, brakes, diff etc etc were rebuilt or replaced. The car has a full documented history with all bills and photos. The car was wax oiled after completion, and has only covered a few thousand dry miles since. It is therefore rust free. For the last three years the car has been stored and covered in a super dry garage in south west France and has not been used. The car is currently being transported and on arrival will be recommissioned fully.

    • Mileage: 98100 mi
    • Engine size: 5.343
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    £59,888 £59,888
  • Jaguar E-Type

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    Click here to view full details on tradeclassics.com In dry storage for many many years, originally willow green, US spec car imported from Canada with NOVA clearance papers in place. The car is very original and unrestored but does need total restoration. Click here to view full details on tradeclassics.com

    • Year: 1971
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  • Jaguar E-Type

    £89,950 £89,950

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

    • Mileage: 74630 mi
    • Engine size: 4235
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    £89,950 £89,950
  • 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
    For sale
    €97,000(£0) €97,000(£0)
  • 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
    For sale
    €105,000(£0) €105,000(£0)
  • 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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    £64,995 £64,995
  • 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
    For sale
    £64,995 £64,995