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Jaguar E-Type - The Essential Buyer’s Guide

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Jaguar E-Type - The Essential Buyer’s Guide

By Peter Crespin
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Softback • 195x139mm • 64 pages • 100 colour pics

ISBN: 9781904788850

£ 12.99 Postage + P&P (eBook prices vary, and delivery is free)

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Full coverage of all 6-cylinder models
In-depth analysis of strengths and weaknesses
Includes market and value data
Advice on choosing the right model and condition
How to avoid buying a lemon
Like having an E-type expert at your side
Quick check guide and also a fuller inspection plan
Discussion of desirable upgrades as well as modifications to avoid
Where and how to buy
Details of club back-up and support organisations


A long-awaited guide for deciding which, if any, E-type to purchase. This pocket-sized book steers buyers past the dazzling exterior to examine systematically, section by section, cars they are considering. Picture-packed to help orientate even newcomers and ensure they buy the best car for their budget.


The 6-cylinder E-type is generally regarded as the world s most beautiful sports car. Such is the allure of this sixties icon, that many have let their heart rule their heads and ended up with a car that remained unfinished or wasn’t right for them in some way. Forty years later, the risks have multiplied hugely, since many E-types appear superficially good but hide a multitude of, usually very expensive, sins. This dedicated buyer s guide, written by someone who had to build his own car the hard way, is packed with the dos and don ts of selecting, viewing and thoroughly assessing any potential purchase, to make sure you enjoy your E-type ownership and avoid ending up with a dispiriting and financially ruinous money-pit.

Independent Reviews

Review from Australian Classic Car, September 2007

Veloce has now published 13 of these handy pocket size books. Each serves as a useful guide for enthusiasts and assumes that readers will already know a little about older cars. The publications follow a pattern, starting off with the question, "Is this car right for you?" – it's a valid question, since many first-time owners buy with their hearts and not their heads, and live to regret it. Included are chapters on costs, what it's like living with an E-type.

Items to watch out for are helpfully divided into a 15-minute evaluation and a more serious investigation examining mechanicals, body, trim and so forth in close detail. The author then compares the various advantages of auctions against private sales before discussing the all important paperwork – after all, you'll want to make sure that the seller actually owns what you are buying. Internet links and tips on where to find spares are helpful as is the list of relevant publications. Put it in your pocket before you start looking.

Review from Jaguar Magazine, Australia, Edition 127

This book, written by Peter Crispin, might have a flexible cover but it is very strong on useful information designed to help a potential buyer find problem areas. It is broken up into sixteen very good chapters which include Cost Considerations, Living with an E-type, Inspection Equipment, Key Points, Do You Really Want to Restore It? and Vital Statistics.
The author very obviously knows his subject and this book is not only very readable, but it could save a prospective buyer a lot of money and heartache.

Review from Hemmings Sport & Exotic Magazine, February 2007

This is not a book for the squeamish. No, not with its photos of rotted-out bulkheads, rusted-through frames and collapsed engine mounts. There must be hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of damage documented on these pages, which should serve to make even the most besotted E-Type admirer pause before writing that check or raising that bidder's paddle.

The guide covers all six-cylinder cars, including coupes, roadsters and 2+2s. At 61/2. by 83/4 inches, it's a handy volume, if just a bit too big to be called pocket-sized. Its 64 pages are arranged in 17 sections, beginning with "is it the right car for you?" and ending with 'Vital statistics." Its brief and breezy-the longest chapter, "Serious evaluation," covers 16 pages, while the briefest are but a single page. The chapter on how to evaluate the car alone makes the book worth buying; it follows the logical procedure followed by most professionals, beginning with a look at a distance at how the car is sitting, and working its way through the body, mechanicals, and interior, with a good number of photographs of what to look out for. There are post-purchase chapters, too, on such issues as compiling paperwork and finding supportive clubs. Some sections are applicable to nearly any car,- the chapters on paintwork and the questionable wisdom of trying to restore a rusty car come to mind.

This book is an excellent starting point for anyone contemplating ownership of an E-Type, and cheap enough insurance to keep the unwary away from the worst pitfalls.

Review from The Automobile, January 2007

If you are just thinking of buying any of these cars, the booklets give an extremely good guide as to how to go about it, starting with ensuring that it really is the right car for you. The bulk of the pages tells you how to check the condition of the cars you inspect, and gives a simple marking system to make comparisons. Costs of replacement parts are also given. At the end you get a list of clubs and specialists. At that price, it is very cheap insurance against getting the wrong car.

Review from Classic Car Weekly, January 2007

Peter Crespin has written this brilliant pocket sized guide into buying and owning one. From practical advice and who's who in the Jaguar scene, to making sense of history files and other paperwork, it is an ideal foundation to build on your E-Type knowledge before taking the plunge. Nonetheless, a lot of the information offered could pay dividends when viewing any make of classic car.

If you are looking for the right E-type we'd recommend combining the information offered in this informative guide with a specialist inspecting the car prior to giving a deposit. Because this leaping cat doesn't come cheap and a second opinion will be priceless.

Review from Australian Classic Car, August 2006

Looking for an MGB, E-type or TR6? Need a quick and easy reference guide for the car of your dreams? These three smaller publications may be just what you need. As the title implies each is a buyer's guide containing all sorts of useful information. Each follows the same format and starts with the obvious - "Is it the right car for you?" - and even asks how tall you are and advises on the minimum size garage needed. Next comes the cost of the vehicle as well as spares. What's it like to drive? Is it practical? Then it's the important bits - what to look for in each vehicle. This is divided into a quick inspection, key points and serious evaluation. These steps are followed by tips on the paperwork involved and on reckoning what the car really is worth to the buyer. Restoration? That's included but the writers pull no punches, saying that it will take longer and will cost more than you think. Further chapters deal with clubs, parts suppliers, publications and vehicle vital statistics. These are very useful publications and highly recommended.

Review from Octane Magazine, August 2006

VELOCE continues to churn out this series of slim pocket-sized guides at a prolific rate. Each is written by someone with extensive real-life experience of the subject car and illustrated with lots of (rather small) colour pics.The buying advice is of the kind familiar from countless magazine articles but dispensed in much greater detail, and there are useful appendices on chassis numbers, books, specifications and so on.

Review by Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Cars, August 2006

Literally pocket-sized - so you can take these guides when you go and look at one of these cars - initially this book seems very UK/Europe oriented, with club addresses and specialist firms. But take a longer look and you'll realise it has plenty of good general advice on buying and owning an older car - like reminding you that paintwork always looks good on a wet night (something I realised after I'd bought at least one of my cars!).

But where it scores most highly is on the 15-minute evaluation ('walk away or stay'), where to look for problems, and the serious evaluation ('60 minutes for years of enjoyment'). The 32 headings include engine noise, cabin trim, and clutch and pedal assemblies. with good practical hints on what to look out for under each. Add up the car's points at the end (assuming you've found a patient vendor!) and you've got a pretty good idea of what you might be buying.

This is a practical and inexpensive book that could save you some real money.

Review from Classic Car Mart, July 2006

Veloce Publishing seems to be cornering the market when it comes to cheap and cheerful volumes aimed at today’s classic car buyer. They all fall under the generic heading of The Essential Buyer’s Guides.

The great thing about these books is that they really are inexpensive. Just £9.99 buys you a copy, and for that you get a 64-page softback title packed with vital information and advice on buying your vehicle of choice.

This series is an interesting diversion for Veloce, and one that deserves to do well. It’s good to see practical, affordable titles like this on the market.


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