Surely, the Jaguar E Type screams Cool Britannia from its instantly recognisable sixties curves to its pitch perfect rasping engine notes. What red blooded male or female for that matter wouldn’t want to own this epitome of style?
The Jaguar E-Type, as well as being a serious sports car from the glory days of British motoring is now a shrewd investment with values consistently increasing showing no signs of decline. In fact future predictions show that within the next 5 years values will continue to increase seeing Jaguar E-Types hitting £200k in the market place.
The Jaguar E-Type comes in varying degrees of condition and you will generally get what you pay for, as you would anticipate. If you are looking to buy on a budget then expect to get your hands dirty, although parts are still plentiful. The fixed head coupe would be the cheaper to buy, but if you can’t resist the wind in your hair then prepare to spend a few thousand pounds more for a drop head model.
There are still many E-Types out there in existence, in fact approximately 5,000 to choose from. Prices vary massively from as little as £20k to up to £150k or more for a concourse version.
Fundamentally the E-Type Jaguar is one of the most rewarding cars to own and drive, as well as this there is a superb network of support out there. Engine wise the original XK 3781cc and the upgraded 4235cc are strong running and good for 150,000 miles before thoughts of a rebuild. Just listen out for engine rattle and look out for excessive exhaust smoke, but a well maintained Jaguar E-Type with good history should stand the test of time.
Transmission is incredibly durable; your only worry there would be a failing differential. If it’s a struggle to get reverse you may need a rebuild.
Having taken five years of development the Jaguar E-Types independent suspension is a work of art, offering a comfortable ride with excellent cornering ability.
To conclude a well maintained Jaguar E-Type is indeed a sturdy and reliable car; its main weakness’s are the dreaded rust and electrical issues typical of most British cars from the sixties and seventies. Also do your home work and make sure your getting originality or at least as near to it as possible. Lots of things could have happened to a 40 plus year old car over time so know your E-Types.
The most expensive Jaguar E-Type was a Series 1 1966 4.2 roadster that goes by the name of ‘Black Beauty’. It was sold at Auction in Manhattan on The 21ST of November 2013 for the princely sum of $467,500. The aforementioned Jag was a one owner from new with just 71,000 miles on the clock. This was an auction record for any Jaguar E-Type ever sold.
Mark Wilkinson, Managing Director Says:
“What else can be said about the most beautiful car in the world that hasn’t already been said before. The Jaguar E-Type has won the hearts of motoring enthusiasts and aficionados across the globe with its style and grace like no other and outstanding performance that had the Italians reeling. When Britain were great we produced the greatest car of all time”.