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Is a Jaguar E-Type a wise investment?

I'm not really a "car guy" (a two year old pickup is my daily drive) but I've got a yen to buy a Jaguar XK-E (an E-Type as it's called in the UK...) which I'm sure you will agree is not just a car but a great work of art. Could I have your advice on what year and options are best? I'm in California and there are rust-free examples about but Jaguars of that vintage were not know for their reliability and all are at least 40 years old. If you think an XK-E is a bad choice can you suggest another beautiful car to spend my last years in? Thanks so much.

Asked on 25 June 2018 by David George Null, PhD, MScPH

Answered by Keith Moody
Let's face it, no E-type is a bad choice. The Series 1 roadster is perhaps the most desirable, but if it was our money we'd go for a 4.2 FHC. Why? Because the E-type is all about 'that' shape which is lost with the roof chopped off and the slightly lazier 4.2 makes it a bit easier to drive in modern traffic. But really, you should go out and drive as many as you can to find the right one for you.
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