Jaguar E-type 1963 FHC. I used to work offshore in the Norwegian sector of the North sea. And, became very friendly with one of the rigs divers. Barry was an enormous car enthusiast and had owned this car from new. Barry wanted to get a more recent model and said I could buy the car for 600 pounds.
Barry lived in Aberdeen. And, so I arranged to travel up from great Yarmouth, the next week to meet him and buy the car. The week flew by, and I travelled on the train as planned and so arrived at Barry house. Unfortunately, Barry was not there, but the Jaguar was. And, with the help of his wife, we started the car, I paid the money and drove back to Great Yarmouth.
The first one
Jaguar E-type 1963 FHC. Jaguar was a fantastic mode of transportation in the sixties and seventies. The E-Type Jaguar became a legend and became very sought after, and today an E-type in good condition can cost anything a person is prepared to pay!
A fantastic car to drive, and the power it had was amazing. I decided to try the car to see what speed it could do—one hundred and fifty miles an hour and straight as an arrow. The miles flew past very quickly. The car was stable, and because it was a Fixed head, the noise was quite bearable. The car did have a cassette player fitted. But, I was more interesting to hear the sound of the car than listen to music.
The last one
Over the next few years, I owned thirteen E-type Jaguars ranging from the first flat floor to the roadster. Even the two plus two and ending up with one of the last 4.2 roadsters made. A beautiful car finished in brown with tan leather interior, and I sold it to the president of the Jaguar owners club. But, my good friend Brian decided to change the colour and had it painted red!
The very last E-type Jaguar I owned, was a 1973 V12 roadster. The E-type was indeed a beautiful car, and I bought it as a demo for the main dealers. The V12 just did not have the power or the drive of the original 1963 flat floor E-type. I was disappointed with the car and felt Jaguar had somehow lost its excitement.
AER741B was the first E-type jaguars’ registration number. And, the second was AEX 230B. I will never forget these numbers because they mean so much. My Jaguar E-type 1963 FHC was the best car I have ever owned. I even had my name on the waiting list for the Jaguar F -type, but it got cancelled, and twenty years later it was made but am happy I was not on the list!
A bit different
The Jaguar V12 E-type had to go. And so I arranged to take it to a dealer in London who had a special that he said he would give me a terrific deal on because the special he had was very fast as it had a half race blueprinted engine, so I thought why not indeed so off to London I went.
An exciting car. It was OK to drive usually, but when you put your foot down, it was earplug time. The noise I lived with but had to be so careful when coming into a town as there were certain noise restrictions. Even in those days, and this put me off a little bit.
Out in the open country roads, it was an excellent sounding machine. And, I loved the noise and the feeling of power. Also, the handling as it was effortless to drive. I think the worst thing was the car had no roof or front window. Just a fly screen as you can see from the picture, so it was not for a rainy day!
What does this have to do with my cables you may ask – well, it is the sound that I love. The sound of the cars and this is all part of my interests with sound. Mechanical and musical they are all fantastic, and I just love the sound.
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