A Guide to the Jaguar E Type

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The Jaguar e type is one of the world’s most iconic sports cars. A staple in the automotive history of Britain and a firm favourite amongst enthusiasts, it is a classic car with a heritage that extends beyond its manufacture and remains popular today.

The first to have independent rear suspension, the e-type jag revolutionised ride and handling in its day. If you have an older car you should take a thorough test drive to listen for clunks and whines coming from the rear suspension arms as this will indicate worn parts.

A monocoque construction means rust is an issue for the E-type and you should watch for this on the wheel boxes, sills, and rear suspension mounting point. This can become a serious problem if left unchecked so it is best to bring in an expert.

Why the Jaguar E-Type is Still a Favorite Among Car Enthusiasts

The E-type was powered by a 265bhp 3.8-litre inline-six engine which was originally developed for the XK150S. It was mated to a four-speed Moss gearbox, although the original Moss unit had no synchromesh.

Its wide-angle cylinder head was designed by Sir William Lyons and was the result of extensive testing on the D-type racers that helped to win Le Mans for Jaguar. The engine was also able to be fuel-injected, giving the E-type an extra 100bhp over the old-style cylinder heads.

Unlike other types of sports cars the E-type is extremely stable and easy to drive. It is a great car to enjoy driving on the open road, but you should be aware that it can get a little uncomfortable with traffic and isn’t always the most practical for travelling long distances.