The E-type, unquestionably Jaguar’s most famous car, is a legend revered all over the world. We all know that famous quote Enzo Ferrari gave upon the release of the Jaguar E-type, so we won’t bore you with it again. Since its launch back in 1961, the E-type has become one of the most desired cars worldwide over the past six decades, with millions wanting to own this piece of automotive history.
An example that many classic car enthusiasts aspire to someday add to their collection, perhaps this is you. If so then our guide below is just for you. We explore some of the main points you should know before buying a Jaguar E-type, as well as discover how DM Historics can assist you in this area, providing first-class classic car sales.
When you’re thinking about buying a Jaguar E-type, there are a number of factors you should consider before you proceed to make a final decision. First, vehicle history and heritage is important, especially when purchasing a restored example, therefore, we recommend that you request to view written and photographic documents where possible on a potential E-type purchase.
Ideally, the restoration work will have been professionally completed by a reputable restorer with a notable industry reputation. It’s important to note the past restoration, repairs and previous work carried out, as it’ll have an impact on the value and possible resale of the vehicle in years to come. An established, well-regarded restorer - such as E-Type UK, who are on of the UK’s leading E-type specialists - signifies that the restoration work has been completed to the highest quality and standard.
Another factor to take into consideration is the test drive. It is easy to be swept up into the gorgeous bodylines and shapes of the Jaguar E-type, however, these 1960s were made to be driven and enjoyed, therefore, we highly recommend hitting the road to get a real understanding of the vehicles build and performance. E-types should feel smooth and powerful during a test drive; there shouldn’t be a feeling of excessive hesitation in either the acceleration or braking. Furthermore, your potential purchase should be a taut responsive drive; there shouldn’t be unusual or extensive wallowing.
At the same time, it’s imperative that you remember that this is a classic car with 60+ year old engineering, and as such, it cannot be compared to your modern-day vehicle. In some cases it is its performance quirks that make this such a desirable and unique classic sports car.
There are certain things that you should avoid when buying an E-type. We always recommend arranging an appointment to view a potential purchase. As great as a car can sound on paper, not everything can be seen in pictures and only you can decide what you are comfortable with and find acceptable for your possible E-type purchase.
Viewing before purchasing gives you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with and inspect the vehicle in-person. If you are not confident in inspecting these specialist vehicles, you should inquire insight from a dedicated E-type specialist, such as E-Type UK. Enrolling support from such a company will get the best eyes on the car, providing you with a detailed and genuine report on the vehicle in question, ensuring you can make a confident purchase.
At DM Historics, we have several Jaguar E-types available for immediate viewing; please contact us to enquire about our classic car viewings.
In the classic car market there has always been the debate over originality vs upgrades. Over the several years, this line has become blurred and today we recommend considering an E-types with upgrades. Even finest restored original E-type has really that pleasant to drive, today the possibility of desirable upgrades such as performance cooling, bigger brakes, electronic power steering, air-conditioning and modernised sound systems, all improve the usability and reliability of a classic car, meaning you can enjoy your Jaguar E-type more and for longer.
From a concours point of view, a truly original Jaguar E-type is the crème de la crème on classic car ownership, but, whilst originality is great, having an upgraded E-type is a much more usable investment for you. Of course, it is ultimately a personal choice, but it’s always important to remember that you are buying an E-type for you and usability goes a long way.
Buying a Jaguar E-type is a tremendous opportunity to own and drive a true British icon. If you are considering buying an E-type, and are looking for a trusted, transparent sales service, then DM Historics is the best place for you to visit. We specialise in the sale of classic Jaguars and other classic British sports cars. Our sales service is well-established, and our team is highly experienced in the classic Jaguar sales market, so you can be fully assured and confident in our credentials and experience.
We have a number of sublime classic Jaguars for sale, with a specialist focus and emphasis on pre-1980s Jaguars. Our collection of Jaguar E-types encompasses a range of Jaguar E-Type Series 1 through to E-Type Series 3 models, with vehicles available at a wide range of price points to suit individual budgets. Whether you would like to buy a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 RHDfinished in a heritage colour combination of Jaguar Black over Black trim, or a restored and modernised 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 RHD, DM Historics is the place to come.
To discuss buying a Jaguar E-type in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact us today on +44 (0) 1732 440 494. Our friendly, expert team is here to make your experience as smooth and seamless as possible, assisting you with the utmost care and ensuring that you acquire the perfect Jaguar E-type classic car.