My Experience in a Jaguar E-Type and Discovering Britains More Sophisticated Car Scene

I was very recently blessed with the opportunity to ride in a Jaguar E-Type V12, every second I spent in this car I found myself with a massive grin from ear to ear.

Jaguar E-Type in Red
Jaguar E-Type in Red

I’m your standard British-born petrol head that is a lover of all things German, mainly VAG of course… Although, my wonderful Grandad is a through and through Jaguar fanatic. Over the years he has owned many types of Jaguars ranging from XJ12’s, S-Types and my personal favorite the Mark II.

Jaguar Mark II taken in the Cotswolds, England
Jaguar Mark II taken in the Cotswolds, England

My grandad’s love for Jaguars led him into joining the local Jaguar Drivers Club known as “JDC Area 41”. They hold a few meetings every month or so where a whole range of Jag’s turn up, ranging from brand new Jaguar XF’s to the E-Type, you might even see a few other prestigious brands like Rolls Royce and even Ferrari if you’re lucky.

Jaguar Drivers Club Area 41 trip to Lake Garda, Italy
Jaguar Drivers Club Area 41 trip to Lake Garda, Italy

I recently attended one of the casual social monthly meetings at the local golf club, sadly a few hours before the event we had some typically English severe rainfall. Thanks to the weather I was worried I wouldn’t get the chance to see some classics like the E-Type as the owners wouldn’t want to risk their mere priceless works of automotive art in the rain. When I arrived at the meet I saw a vast array of modern Jaguars, a lovely Rolls Royce, and this beautiful red E-Type V12. I was over the moon with the chance to see my first E-Type outside of a museum, and after a few minutes or gorming at the car the owner asked if I wanted to join him for a ride.

Jaguar E-Type Interior
Jaguar E-Type Interior

As soon as I sat down in the passenger seat I was amazed by the details of the interior, the classic car smell and the dials located in the centre of the dashboard, just sitting in the stationary E-Type was a beautiful experience in itself.

When the driver started up the engine and I heard that classic V12 sound that was when my ear to ear smile began, little did I know I was soon to be experiencing serious cheek pain from all that smiling…

Before we moved off I noticed that the seating position is very unique in the E-Type, you’re sat with your legs almost out straight in front of you, almost like you’re half lying down in the really comfortable original leather seats. As we pulled away I noticed that the footwell was starting to get quite warm from the engine which was something I was not expecting, but this really added to the experience, it reminded me how special this car is, it reminded me that this car was built long before I was born to be a sports car and not a garage queen art piece.

The first few minutes riding in the E-Type was a real tease, the drive out of the golf course is a long twisty road with multiple speed-bumps, I knew I was sat in something amazing but the road just wouldn’t enable me to experience it in full effect.

When we finally hit open road the driver really opened her up, I felt her beautiful linear power delivery as she approached the national speed limit on this twisty B Road which would have gained Chirs Harris’ approval. The sound of the E-Type’s V12 was like music to my ears, I noticed when we were cruising at the speed limit the speedometer wasn’t providing a fully accurate reading, it was fluttering slightly, this was another reminder as to how back to basics everything was in this car.

This E-Type really helped me come to grips with how far technology has come, it helped me take for granted how lucky we are to have all these luxuries like power steering, an accurate speedometer, AC, heated seats etc… but at the same time I didn’t want these luxuries, I want us to go back to a luxury sports car of the 60’s, experiencing a raw driving experience for true petrol heads.

The E-Type I had the pleasure of riding passenger in.
The E-Type I had the pleasure of riding passenger in.

In conclusion, my experience in the E-Type has made me fall in love with this historic vehicle even more. Every detail about this car is beautiful and to anyone that may have the opportunity to ride in one, petrol head or not, I highly recommend it as you will find yourself in love with part of the British history, the E-Type!

I shall be attending the next big event organised by the Area 41 Jaguar Drivers Club meeting, I have been informed that this event will have a high number of attending Jaguars and enough tea to sink a ship, so who knows, I might even get the chance to lay my eyes upon a D-Type!?

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