[E-Type] Porter Original E-type

I have suggested to the new owner of ‘‘my’’ 1966 OTS that she
look into buying Porter’s Original E-type to give a good
overview of the different models and some pretty pictures to
look at. Yes, I know it has some inconsistencies, even to a
relative novice, but I consider a good introduction book.
In looking for a link for a purchase, I think I’ve found the
new Holy Grail of Jaguar books. A Haddocks guide, the old
gold standard, can now be purchased new for $79 on Amazon,
but Original E-type starts at $60 used. New are available
for $288!

Are there any suggestions you might make for a good
introductory E-type book with general information about the
different series and some pretty pictures?

Wayne Rasmussen–
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In reply to a message from Wayne Rasmussen sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

Pete Crespin’s book are an excellent intro!–
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Are there any suggestions you might make for a good
introductory E-type book with general information about the
different series and some pretty pictures?


Paul Wigton, steward to a '60 DKW 1000 SP, Tweety, '63 FHC!
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In reply to a message from Wayne Rasmussen sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

Wayne Haddock’s book is $65 to JCNA members. Haddock is the better
of the 2.–
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new Holy Grail of Jaguar books. A Haddocks guide, the old
gold standard, can now be purchased new for $79 on Amazon,


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In reply to a message from Wayne Rasmussen sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

Wayne,

Yep, Porter’s Original E Type is a great intro book, especially if
you want to get to look at the cars in order to fall in love.
Haddock’s is a lot better for getting the details right when
restoring, and to see when various changes came into effect.
Pete’s book is a big help for understanding the differences and for
checking out cars and deciding which kind/which one to buy. My
solution is to own all of them!

Jerry–
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In reply to a message from mouton sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

Jerry good answer. JCNA has all of Peter’s works–except the one
that is LATE. Had to say that Peter!–
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Pete’s book is a big help for understanding the differences and for


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In reply to a message from George Camp sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

anxiously awaiting Peters new book. I am sure it will be excellent!–
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Jerry good answer. JCNA has all of Peter’s works–except the one
that is LATE. Had to say that Peter!


steven phelps vero beach, florida 66 XKE 2+2 83XJ6 85 XJ 6
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In reply to a message from Wayne Rasmussen sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

I have numerous E-Type books but the original and first one
written is also probably one of the best. I bought my copy
in 1977 but it has been updated since. Well researched and
written by an owner and enthusiast.

‘‘E-Type, End of an Era’’ by Chris Harvey.

[http://www.amazon.com/Type-End-Era-Classic-Car/dp/0946609160]–
Clive, '62 Coupe 860320
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In reply to a message from Clive Wilkinson sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

Hi,

Well, yes it is well written, and I like it too, but IMO
that books is one of the sources for this ‘‘Series 1 3.8 was
the best’’ and frowning upon the 2+2’s, kind of attitude.

Again, IMO, it has very good content overall, but does give
a bitter aftertaste in where he (Chris Harvey) blames the
customers (American) for watering the great car with
unnecessary comforts (like PAS, A/C, and some legroom and
headroom! :wink: that killed it in the end.

I think it was amazing that the E-type lasted that long,
almost 14 years in production, and I have to say I love all
the different models for what they are. To me a S3 2+2 in
Sable is just as nice as a S1 OTS in OSB, and I love the
fact that there are so many still around, and that they are
all different. (instead of only seeing red OTS’s and BRG
coup�s…)

Cheers,
Pekka T. 1E76372BW MOD

PS. But agree, to a novice Porter’s book may be the best
option. For getting to know the technical stuff I’d
recommend Pete’s book, and for the restorer Haddock’s. So
I’m just like most of, you, get them all!!! :D–
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I have numerous E-Type books but the original and first one
written is also probably one of the best. I bought my copy
in 1977 but it has been updated since. Well researched and
written by an owner and enthusiast.
‘‘E-Type, End of an Era’’ by Chris Harvey.
[http://www.amazon.com/Type-End-Era-Classic-Car/dp/0946609160]

Clive, '62 Coupe 860320


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In reply to a message from ptelivuo sent Wed 30 Nov 2011:

‘‘this ‘‘Series 1 3.8 was the best’’…kind of attitude.’’

Pekka, you mean that isn’t true?

;-)–
Clive, '62 Coupe 860320
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In reply to a message from ptelivuo sent Wed 30 Nov 2011:

Pekka, Clive beat me to the punch! Legroom? Headroom? AIR
CONDITIONING? Ah, pshsaw, who needs it?>;-D

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Well, yes it is well written, and I like it too, but IMO
that books is one of the sources for this ‘‘Series 1 3.8 was
the best’’ and frowning upon the 2+2’s, kind of attitude.


Paul Wigton, steward to a '60 DKW 1000 SP, Tweety, '63 FHC!
Keenesburg, CO, United States
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In reply to a message from Clive Wilkinson sent Tue 29 Nov 2011:

Clive,

Sheesh! Well, I got Harvey’s book when it first came out and was
disappointed. It seemed to be patched together and questionable in
some areas, lots of fill.

Of course I have not read it in some time, so you are encouraging
me to go back and give it another look.

Jerry–
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I have numerous E-Type books but the original and first one
written is also probably one of the best. I bought my copy
in 1977 but it has been updated since. Well researched and
written by an owner and enthusiast.
‘‘E-Type, End of an Era’’ by Chris Harvey.


Jerry Mouton '64 FHC 889791 ‘MIK Jaguar’
Palo Alto, California, United States
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In reply to a message from mouton sent Wed 30 Nov 2011:

Jerry,
Then what did you compare it to? When it came out, AFAIK, it
was the very first book on the E-Type and possibly one of
the first complete books dedicated to any one particular
model of any car. So there wasn’t much choice at the time.

Later it was revised and the version I currently have was
printed in 1985. I gave to earlier edition to a friend.

I never bought Porter’s books, too expensive and too many
complaints about accuracy. But I do have Skilletter’s,
DSJ’s, Haddock’s, the Brooklands Road Test collections, a
whole bunch of Jaguar picture books but best of all, for me,
Colin Ford’s Practical Classics book on the restoration of
an actual E-Type. (How to really restore one properly.)

I needed all these to inspire me to complete my own long
drawn out restoration.–
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Clive,
Sheesh! Well, I got Harvey’s book when it first came out and was
disappointed. It seemed to be patched together and questionable in
some areas, lots of fill.
Of course I have not read it in some time, so you are encouraging
me to go back and give it another look.
Jerry


Clive, '62 Coupe 860320
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In reply to a message from Clive Wilkinson sent Wed 30 Nov 2011:

There is a new kid on the block: ‘Factory Original Jaguar E-
Type: the Originality Guide to the Jaguar E-Type’ by Anders
Ditlev Clausager. I bought it and whilst it is more up to date
than the Porter one it is still fairly light reading. Ideal as
an introduction to the cars however.

David–
David Jones, S1 OTS
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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In reply to a message from Clive Wilkinson sent Wed 30 Nov 2011:

Clive,

I guess I was comparing it to what I had read in my (then-) 15 year
collection of Road&Track, Sports Car Graphic, and Car&Driver.
Expecting all that content, and more.

Jerry–
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Then what did you compare it to? When it came out, AFAIK, it
was the very first book on the E-Type and possibly one of
the first complete books dedicated to any one particular
model of any car. So there wasn’t much choice at the time.


Jerry Mouton '64 FHC 889791 ‘MIK Jaguar’
Palo Alto, California, United States
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