The Jaguar E Type is one of the most iconic vehicles ever manufactured. All E Types are now collector vehicles, considering the last was made in 1975. The E Type became massively successful due to the world class performance, luxurious appeal, and affordable pricing the vehicle sported. If you have the good fortune of owning one of these legendary cars, you can keep it in pristine shape by picking up a Jaguar E Type workshop manual!
The E Type, also known as the XK-E in North America, truly shook the automobile world when it came out, and definitely changed the entire landscape going forward. The first E Type was released in 1961 and later came to be known as Series 1. Between then and 1963, E Types featured a 3.8L engine and had a flat floor on the interior.
From 1964-1967, the Series 1 now featured a 4.2L engine that maintained similar speed and power to the previous engine with more torque, allowing for increased performance. The exterior appearance remained the same. The 4.2L variant of E Type is more valuable than the earlier Series 1 models for these reasons.
The Series 2 began in 1968 and lasted until 1971. During this time, the engine actually became less powerful than the Series 1 models, and featured external design alterations. The weaker engine decreased the overall performance of the car and many of the design changes were made to fit US regulation rather than for the sake of improving the vehicle.
After the Series 2 ended in 1971, the Series 3 began. This time, Jaguar decided to improve the engine, upgrading to a 5.3L V12 engine. They also offered automatic transmission for these models. The Series 3 lasted until just 1975, when production finally ceased.
Despite some changes that overall decreased the performance of the vehicle, the E Type is still highly regarded for how well it performed for the time. Collector vehicles like an E Type are great for do-it-yourself (DIY) style maintenance. This is because owners are likely quite fond of their rare car, and are more likely and willing to take good care of it. Often times, an owner will feel more comfortable fixing their own car rather than letting someone else touch their prized vehicle, making the E Type perfect for this.
If you own one of these legendary cars, you should have a Jaguar E Type repair manual. There are very few E Types still in running condition, so if you do have one, youíll want to keep it that way! Give yourself the confidence and peace of mind that repairing your own car will bring! If you can afford to own a rare collector car, itís certainly worth learning how to care for it on your own!