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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (19 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845840771
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845840778
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the first moment I first paddled down the lane on a repaired abandoned Vespa in '68, I was hooked on the internal combustion engine. Next came an NSU Quickly with scored chrome plated cylinder and then a Triumph Tiger Cub Sports, bought for £7.00 pounds as a combined Christmas and birthday present. Pushing that non-runner seven miles home was a labour of pure love and as a fourteen year old I couldn't have been prouder. Many lessons were learned with that fine little bike, on which I eventually passed my test and reached the dizzy speeds of some 75 mph (after following the tuning advice issued by Triumph themselves). That was the start of a lifelong enjoyment of Coventry-made vehicles, working through the whole Triumph range and nowadays encompassing Jaguars too.

Along the way, countless other British bikes have been used, abused, rebuilt and raced and those skills have transferred nicely over to Jaguars, from multiple E-types, two D-type replicas (with a third on the way) and all shades of XJ and XJ-S from early to late. My business is pharmaceutical and medical writing, so extending my hobby interest into writing about bikes and cars for magazines, and now Veloce Books, has been a real pleasure. If any of my writing brings a smile to your face or helps you enjoy the classic vehicle hobby, then I'll regard the work as having been well worthwhile. Have fun!

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NZ magazine As with previous books from this series, these are 64-page soft-cover books, small enough to fit into a coat pocket and pretty well guaranteed to come in very handy if you are buying any of these cars from very different ends of the classic scale.
All follow a similar layout, starting with 'is it the right car for you?', and then going through the 15-minute quick check (walk away or not?) followed by a very detailed checklist which you can use to 'mark' the car, and what to look out for on a test drive. There are also chapters on whether you want to restore a model, paint problems, things to watch out for if the car has had little recent use, and lists of clubs and spares specialists.
The books are well-illustrated, and the advice looks really practical. They don't pretend that classic car ownership is easy, or necessary profitable in purely financial terms, yet they are clearly written by guys who are enthusiastic about the pleasure you can get from a good example of any of these cars.
While I have never been in the market for them, I would want to have one of these books if I were - definitely recommended. --Mark Holman for New Zealand Classic Car, October 2007

These invaluable little books follow the same format and provide very useful information if you are thinking of buying one of the relevant models. Written by marque experts, they guide you through the whole process from first buying thoughts to final inspection and assessment of likely restoration problems. They close with a review of the relevant clubs and an introduction to other books to help with the restoration process. --Review from The Automobile, August 2007

The V12 E-type is a complicated beast so if you're planning on owning one you could save yourself a lot of grief by picking up a copy of this book. Although written for an American audience it covers British and American spec cars - useful with the number of Jags finding their way back to the UK. Good clear photos and a huge amount of sensible information makes this great value for money. Don't buy a V12 without it. --Review by Mike R for Classics Monthly, June 2007

These invaluable little books follow the same format and provide very useful information if you are thinking of buying one of the relevant models. Written by marque experts, they guide you through the whole process from first buying thoughts to final inspection and assessment of likely restoration problems. They close with a review of the relevant clubs and an introduction to other books to help with the restoration process. --Review from The Automobile, August 2007

The V12 E-type is a complicated beast so if you're planning on owning one you could save yourself a lot of grief by picking up a copy of this book. Although written for an American audience it covers British and American spec cars - useful with the number of Jags finding their way back to the UK. Good clear photos and a huge amount of sensible information makes this great value for money. Don't buy a V12 without it. --Review by Mike R for Classics Monthly, June 2007

About the Author

Author of a sister volume for 6-cylinder E-type buyers, Peter Crespin has many years experience working on his own Jaguar and Daimler cars, old and new, sporting and saloon. A frequent respondent to the technical queries aired on various Jag-Lover's forums, he has almost 40 year's experience of working on classic cars and award-winning British racing and road-going motorcycles, from his well-equipped workshop. A medical writer by profession, Peter Crespin has written seven books about Jaguars and contributed articles to various car and motorcycle magazines over the last three decades. He s a year-round motorcyclist and ex-racer when he s not driving his supercharged Daimler or E-type convertible around the UK and Europe. A committed do-it-yourself fan, Peter has restored dozens of classic bikes and worked on more than fifteen Jaguars. Trained to IAM standard for both cars and motorcycles, he was a contributor and cartoonist for British Bike Mechanics/British Bike Magazine.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victor Rijkaart on 20 Nov 2010
Format: Paperback
Very practical book!
Or rather, booklet. This is a very very very small book. Therefore booklet.
1hours worth of reading, yet very valuable to read before or during the queste for the right car.
Pics could have been a bit more clear though.
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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
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excellent info source 9 May 2009
By John Sus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was very informative and easy to read. An excellent reference for someone like myself who is a beginner in the exotic car market. I followed it page by page when checking out an E-Type I was in the market to buy. The book is a small price to pay to arm you with the knowledge you need to properly evaluate an E-Type.
Too thorough? 27 Mar 2014
By Bob Andretta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
The book certainly tells it all, and in layman's terms. So, it is a great guide to getting to know the Jag Series Three E-Type and, I guess, what to look for if buying a used one. The problem is, how could anyone do all that during an auction?
Great cover 28 Dec 2013
By roughwaterdude - Published on Amazon.com
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Cheap thin little book. Spine broke when first opened. Yes it is a paperback and the size of one. Uninviting to read or study
get an idea of the car you are going to buy 7 Aug 2012
By carlos - Published on Amazon.com
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>exactly what the title says: essential, not comprehensive buyers guide, but an excellent reference, I do recommend this purchase for the Jag beginner.
Jag Buyers Guide Review 21 Oct 2010
By David - Published on Amazon.com
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The review is very well set out, the pictures are excellent and very clear. Well worth the small investment as we all know that E-Types are beautiful but potentially huge money pits.
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