When Jaguar unveiled the E-type at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, it heralded a new era in British sports cars. The car ushered in an era of independent front and rear suspension, a state-of-the-art overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine and a host of other cutting edge features that would define the future of Jaguar and set them apart from their competitors. Read more
The E-type was a ground-breaking vehicle, but it didn’t come without its issues. One of the main ones was its high oil consumption.
This was because the 3.8 and 4.2-litre engines were very powerful and needed to be serviced on a regular basis to maintain their optimum performance. The average oil consumption for our test E-type was a whopping one quart every 112 miles, which isn’t too bad for a hard-working classic, but it’s something that should be checked when purchasing an E-type.
The Design Evolution of the Jaguar E-Type
Another issue was that the XK-engines used in the E-type can suffer from rot. It’s not uncommon for these engines to deteriorate due to the way that they are used, so it is worth checking if the car you purchase has been restored to its original condition or not.
Despite the issues, the E-type is still an icon and is a must for any collection of classic cars. The fact that it has survived the test of time is testament to its durability and reliability.
As the world’s most famous sports car, it’s also a testament to its engineering prowess and a symbol of British ingenuity. So if you’re looking for a Jaguar E-type to own or to add to your collection, don’t hesitate to contact us.