The e type jaguar is a beautiful car to look at, and a joy to drive when it works well. Unfortunately a poorly repaired or bodged example can be a real chore. As a result it’s vital to know what to check when searching for a good one.
First off, you’ll need to decide if you are seeking an E-Type as an investment or something that you want to own and use? If the latter, there are many factors to consider. These will impact how much you’re willing to spend and the level of effort you’ll put into keeping it in top condition.
Born to Roar: The Legacy of the E-Type Jaguar in Automotive History
Next, choose which series you’re interested in. The original E-Type debuted as two-seater fixed head coupes (FHC) and a two-seater convertible “roadster” (OTS). A third model appeared in 1965 with a longer wheelbase and more practical seating layout. This also ushered in the 3.8 and later 4.2 litre engines.
While the earliest cars were fitted with a moss gearbox, the later 3.8 and 4.2 models used an all-synchromesh four-speed transmission. While both types have their charms, some buyers prefer the clunk and sometimes need to double-de-clutch of a moss box for a more mechanical experience.
As the years passed, E-Types have often been modified to improve their usability and appeal. These include upgrades to the radiator and electric fan, electronic ignition and stronger brakes. While purists may object, Holland says these can add to the value of a car and shouldn’t be ruled out when searching for a potential purchase.