The e type is one of the most desirable cars on the market and, if bought with care, it can also be the best value. But, like any classic car, it is prone to problems and pitfalls that can turn a dream purchase into a costly nightmare. This guide aims to give you the foundation knowledge you need to buy an e type that will stand the test of time.
The first thing you need to understand is how an e type should drive. A good one will offer mile-munching pace, a quiet and refined ride and the confidence of knowing all four wheels are always in contact with the road. A bad one will feel sloppy and unresponsive, which can be a nightmare to live with.
Some e types have been modified to improve their performance. This includes a broader radiator, a higher powered electric fan and better brakes. Some purists object to these changes but Holland finds they can improve the quality of a car, adding to its longevity and resale value.
The Jaguar E-Type: A Timeless Legend of Automotive Excellence
The Series 1 e type debuted in 1961 as a two-seater coupe (FHC) or roadster (OTS). It was followed by the longer wheelbase 2+2 in 1966. Early cars were fitted with a 3.8-litre engine which produced an optimistic 265bhp gross, more like 220bhp by modern measurement systems. Later cars were upgraded to 4.2-litres with full synchromesh and had clear headlamp covers removed in response to US safety directives.