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Jaguar E-Type: The Definitive History Hardcover – 7 Jul 2011

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  • Hardcover: 672 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857331221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857331229
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 5 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 537,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A lifelong E-type enthusiast, Philip Porter has been writing about these cars for over 30 years and owns two fine examples: the oldest E-type in existence (the fixed-head coupe registered 9600 HP) and a roadster that appeared in the film The Italian Job. The author of 17 books on Jaguar subjects, he also runs the E-type Club, which serves owners and enthusiasts worldwide.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Luka Bakrac on 29 Dec 2012
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A 'must have' for all E-type lovers. Philip Porter did a tremendous job of reserching and collecting data. What is more, he managed to lay it down in a most captivating way for the reader. Grabbing the attention from page one, like a good novel, it should by no means be of interest only to Jag enthusiasts - anyone interested in product R&D will find this book an inspiration and a joy to read. Highly recommended!
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I echo all the comments already written about this book.
An absolutely brilliant piece of work, which will satisfy all E-Type lovers the world over.
One tiny niggle, this book has a large flimsy dust jacket which due to the weight of the book will suffer not only in transit but also with general handling. If you love to keep your books nice, remove it for safe keeping whilst reading the book.
Perhaps the manufacturers will provide a glossy cover version (Haynes manual type) in a future update.
Overall fantastic - Highly recommended!
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By Julie on 18 Dec 2013
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Book is great, I have bought this as a gift and i am sure it will be well received. However when the books arrived The Definitive history one had the cover ripped across the back, which is a real shame. I would be really greatful for a new cover. I did write to customer services but received no reply.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
The greatest of all works on the magnificent Jaguar E-type. 6 July 1997
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Format: Hardcover
Rarely does a book's title reflect accurately on its contents, as does Phillip Porter's "Jaguar E-type, The definitive history". One's initial impression is of physical presence, for this is a
massive work in all respects. Leafing through the book for the first time, one is immediately
struck by a sense of awe that this could possibly represent the work of one man. There can be
no doubt this is Porter's legacy, for which he laboured long and hard and gave much of himself.

The foreword is written by sportsman Briggs Cunningham, hinting that the car's racing heritage
will figure prominently within. This is indeed the case, for fully a third of the content is dedicated to competition. The greater volume of the book, however, deals with the production car, against an historical timeline that begins with its evolution and conception and extends, rather than ends, with the E-type as it continues to exist today.

It is clear that Porter is unabashedly passionate about this greatest of all sportscars, but he masterfully avoids what could have been a eulogy and creates both a powerful reference work
and an entertaining read. "The definitive history" brings together a multitude of colourful
personalities and anecdotes and weaves these into a framework of facts, insights and specifications. There are literally hundreds of photographs and illustrations, some of which will be familiar to those who have read other books on the subject but the vast majority of which have never been published before.

History and objectivity are often mutually exclusive and if there can be fault found in this work it would be historian's soft disdain for cars which diverged from the pure lines of the Series 1 two-seaters. This, however, does nothing to detract from what is an otherwise magnificient
accomplishment. There will be no other comprehensive histories written about the legendary Jaguar E-type, for none could possibly better this one.

Nick Saltarelli
1968 E-type OTS
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Massive tome, excruciatingly detailed. 4 Jan 1997
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Phillip Porter's reference on the Jaguar E-Type that other authors cite as their source. This is a must read if you are at all interested in E-Types. Some of it may not be too flattering to Sir Wm Lyons or Jaguar but it tells the story as only an insider could. You will learn about the inspiration, design, developement, manufacture and end of production of the model
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Definitive is the word 17 Nov 1996
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A massive effort. One of the most complete references ever
to E-Type history. Hundreds of black and white and color
illustrations. Insights into design, manufacturing, marketing
and service. Production counts, export statistics, model
specifications. This is not a repair book. It is a
comprehensive history.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It doesnt get any better than this! 31 Aug 2004
By Chris Sellick - Published on
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This book is huge! Anyone who loves these E-types will love this book.From concept to the series 111 this book covers the lot and in great detail.Beautiful b&w and colour photos and an amazing story and in so many glossy pages make this the ultimate book on these Jaguars.If you want to buy a real gift for the E-type lover this book is it.They'll love you for it.
More than you'll ever want to know on the E-type 5 April 2007
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Wow. What feast for the enthusiast! The photo compendium alone is worth the hefty price, but all of the stories and details gives one a real inside look at a great marquee in its glory days. A little too much competitive discussion for my taste (in that there should have been an equal amount of commercial detail), but I would consider this a must-have book for anyone who owns or is considering the purchase of an E-Type (despite the lack of a model year and feature table).
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