The Jaguar E-Type screams Cool Britannia from its instantly recognisable sixties curves to its pitch-perfect rasping engine notes.
As well as being a serious sports car from the glory days of British motoring, the Jaguar E-Type is now a shrewd investment with values consistently increasing and showing no signs of decline. Predictions show that within the next 5 years values will continue to increase, seeing some 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 fact approximately 5,000 to choose from. Prices vary massively, from as little as £20k to up to £150k or more for a concourse standard vehicle.
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 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 the car into reverse, you may need a rebuild.
Having taken five years in development the E-Type’s 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 weaknesses are the dreaded rust and electrical issues typical of most British cars from the sixties and seventies. We recommend you do your homework and make sure you’re 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 21st 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 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 style and grace like no other and outstanding performance.”