Jaguar E-Type | Buyer’s Guide

Jaguar E-Type | Buyer’s Guide

(lively music) – Nothing on the road
can put quite as much of a skip in your step as
driving one of these cars. Even a Series 3. They’re still fast. They’re still fantastic. They still feel sharp. It makes a great noise, it’s
got wicked acceleration. My name’s Danny Hopkins and I’m editor of Practical Classics magazine, and I’m here at Bicester Heritage, talking to Nigel Thorley, from
the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club. Nigel, we’ve got here a Series
3 E-Type Jaguar drophead. Tell me, what’s the difference
between the Series 3 and the earlier E-Types? – This was the first E-Type
to take the V12 engine which was an entirely new
engine Jaguar designed in 1971 and befittingly, it should have
gone into a sport car first, so it went into this car,
even though it was intended for the X-T saloons later on. It’s a real grand touring. It’s probably one of the best grand touring cars in the world. – It’s fantastic. It’s reflected in value somewhat. I understand the Series 3 are slightly less valued than the earlier cars? – That’s right, again people
go for the purity of line, the original E-Types
designed by William Lyons. This car had to be
adapted to suit the V12, a much heavier, much larger engine. So, people don’t think
it’s not quite as E-Type as it’s supposed to be, but nevertheless, it’s a superb motor car. – It is, and that makes it, I think, the entry-level E-Type, if you like. – If you like, yes, if you like. – In which case, would you help me? Because I’d like to see
the things that you need to check for if you were to purchase one of these fabulous vehicles. Should we start on the front? – Yeah, fine. The body’s the most important thing. It’s far more important
than the mechanics, because this is the main
structure of the car. If you could bear in mind this car doesn’t have a chassis. It’s a monocar construction, so all the strength is in
the front and rear bulkheads, it’s in the floors, it’s in the sills. So any corrosion is vital
to look out and identify. The bonnet represents about
a third of the whole car, and because of that you need
to look at the bonnet first. You can still buy a brand new bonnet, made by the same people
who used to make it for Jaguar in the first place. The problem is, it’s not just
an expensive things to buy, it’s an extraordinarily
expensive thing to fit, because every bonnet has to be hand fitted to every individual car. – [Danny] Should we have
a look at the engine? – Sure. The V12 engines are virtually unburstable, but they must be well maintained. Head gaskets can be a problem. This is an all aluminium engine, so you can have major
problems if they’re not filled to the right percentage
anti-freeze and that sort of thing. Not maintained, oil changed regularly, and all the rest of it. Simple things like can go
wrong with most of these cars, this is a beautifully engineered capstan that operates the throttle linkages for all the carburetors, and if it’s wrongly adjusted, you’ll never get the
performance out the car, you’ll never get the feeling
of what the v12 is really like. It’s getting the details right. – [Danny] Well, I’m gonna take
this for a drive in a minute, is there anything I should
look out for on the road? – You should feel at one with the car. They are silky smooth. The rack and pinion steering is good. The performance should be effortless. They’re a real grand touring car. – It is fantastic. Now, when you’re on your test drive, just keep a few eyes out for
whiffs of smoke in the back. Again, these engines are
very, very, very strong, but if they’ve suffered
a head gasket failure you might need to look
out for a variety of woes that are familiar to every classic. Be really aware that the rear suspension should feel nice and planted. If it isn’t, you might have bush trouble, you might have radius arm trouble. Take it on a reasonably long test drive. Let it get hot if you can. As long as you feel centered on the road, then you should be OK. Anything else, investigate. If you have to do an awful lot of work on your Series 3, you might not necessarily
make your money back in the same way as you
would on a Series 1 or 2. For me, though, a Series 3, if you want to take it on a long journey, for daily use, it’s the E-Type to have. That’s controversial, but I stand by it. (lively music)

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. See how uncomfortable the owner looks at 1:29? It's because the host thought it was a good idea to use the car as a chair.

  2. what an ass. quite literally. you could see the suspension decompress when that moron released himself from the car.

  3. His comment about a much bigger and heavier engine is pretty misleading, and typical. The V12 is an all aluminum engine, and on an apples to apples comparison to the 4.2, the 5.3 V12 fully dressed engine is only ~ 80 lb heavier, but with more power and more torque.

  4. Fuel injection would have made this car work as it was meant to.. the V12 E-Type was never right with carbs.. it's all well and good saying the throttle linkage needs to be set right, but you'll never get 4 strombergs to sing from the same hymn sheet at the other end..!

  5. Jaguar E-Type Buyers Guide.. The Truth–
    If you are desperate to buy one of these, there are plenty of owners just as desperate to sell one with an over-inflated price tag.
    Don't buy a restoration project: Costs more to restore than a roadworthy example.
    Without a team of experts with all the facilities and equipment necessary to restore it, you will never finish it in a lifetime.. it will finish you first..!
    Do you really want to be tethered to a basket case in the garage, dreaming of the occasional tootle on the odd summers day.
    Restoration projects (basket cases) for sale 15-20 years ago are still in the same, or worse condition today.😢.

  6. "Setting aside all attributes of being a car…
    This romantic species of Jaguar,
    Almost has it's own excuse for being." 71217

  7. the title is a bit misleading. nonetheless its a video of a gorgeous series III V12. A car with an astonishing pedigree, an astonishing car in its own right………..

  8. The engines are "unburstable" but they must be "well maintained" with frequent head gasket replacements or something. When the head gaskets "burst". But if you don't start them or drive the car the engine will definitely last forever.

  9. An reliable buyers guide should say, never purchase a Jaguar E-Type 6 or 12 cylinder. They are nice looking, but one of the biggest pieces of junk in automotive history. If you are stupid enough to buy one, have a rollback following you everywhere you go. Take it from someone that knows.

  10. How can a supposed "expert" of the e-type possibly say William Lyons designed the car.
    While he did still run the company at the time and deserves full marks for allowing it's go-ahead, he had virtually nothing to do with designing the car.
    It was primarily designed by Malcolm Sayer.

  11. so basically all that was said was make sure the body is good. There wasn't anything specific to the e type itself…but more generally about any car. Not a very useful video

  12. I've had 3. A 61 OBL, a 66, a 67 now in warehouse, all ots cars. Drove the heck out of them, no problems. Series one cars are simple, simple, simple. Only made 386 OBL cars, worth a fortune. With a 308 rear end you could do 150. I got past 145 one time on I-95 near Daytona Beach, still had pedal left. Kinda scary.!!!!!

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