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The Jaguar E-type is considered by many to be Britain’s finest sports car, and has won innumerable accolades for style, performance and engineering. The car’s original specification, and the changes that Jaguar made during production, are fascinating for the detail they reveal of the engineering and sales challenges that the car faced – for many owners and enthusiasts they are crucial to every E-type’s historical integrity. This beautifully produced book contains a wealth of accurate information and detailed photographs, gleaned from extensive research, to enable the originality of any production E-type – Series 1, 2 or 3 – to be established, providing an invaluable reference resource for E-type owners, restorers and enthusiasts.
Crafted in a classic colour combination of anthracite and silver with quarter-binding in red leather, this edition is truly collectible. Housed in a matching anthracite colour slipcase with bold red lettering, Original E-type Collector’s Edition is limited to 100 units, each signed by author Malcolm McKay and renowned Jaguar historian Philip Porter.
Author: Malcom McKay
Specifications: 400 pages
Illustrations: Over 1,000 images
Publisher: Porter Press International
Displaying an enthusiasm for old cars from the age of three, Malcolm McKay graduated from St Andrews University with a degree in Mediaeval History, but also as founding President of the University Motor Club and a member of several classic car clubs. Inspired by Jaguars his father drove, Malcolm had already owned his first (a Series 2 SWB XJ6) and his growing classic car collection would soon include more.
The dream to own an E-type finally came true in 2015 when Malcolm purchased a Series 1 2+2 from the USA in long-disused condition, spending a happy winter with his wife Helena recommissioning the car in 2017/18. Still very much a work-in-progress, the E-type covered 7,000 miles in 2019 and is a much-loved member of the family, proudly referred to by two-year old daughter Fiona as “Fifi’s car”.
Malcolm joined Classic Cars magazine as Clubs Editor in 1989 and was soon appointed Deputy Editor, a role he held until going freelance in 1998. He has since contributed to classic car magazines worldwide, as well as national newspapers, and was appointed Editor of The E-type, magazine of the E-type Club, in 2006 – a role he would hold for 11 years. He was delighted when Philip Porter invited him to write an all-new Original Jaguar E-type book, though he acknowledges it as a daunting task, as it has to be correct in every detail to become the E-type ‘bible’ he believes it should be.