Classic Car Rescue

Jaguar E-Type

Quite simply one of the most famous and desirable cars in automotive history.

Jaguar E-Type

When the Jaguar E-Type was unveiled in 1961 it sent a shockwave through the automotive world, setting new standards in automotive design and performance – and even causing Enzo Ferrari to weep “it’s the most beautiful car ever made”.

Capable of achieving 150mph, it incorporated racing technology such as the Jaguar developed, but aircraft industry inspired, disc brakes that had enabled its forerunners (the C-Type and D-Type) to win the Le Mans 24 hours 5 times. Yet, ultimately it was a road car, and cost a fraction of the price of its Italian rivals but was better looking and faster. 

Back then it was the affordable super-car favoured by celebrities such as George Best, Brigitte Bardot, and Tony Curtis. It became as synonymous with the Swinging Sixties as the Beatles, the mini skirt, Mary Quant and Carnaby Street. Britain was undeniably the coolest country in the world – and the Jaguar E-Type encapsulated the innovative youthful spirit of the era it came to symbolise

Comments (44)

  • Bernard

    7 months ago

    Bernard

    Just saw Episode 1 here in the US. What a crock! Discovery Channel, please pull this show. It is disingenuous to those of us who love and restore vintage cars. They returned a "profit" of £9600? Let's see ... five guys working four weeks ... that's 20k in labor and G&A. Chrome plating alone for that job is $2000. No, if that car is now worth 30 grand, they LOST money, big time.

  • Kit

    over 1 year ago

    Kit

    When and how are the winners going to be informed???

  • John Galaxy

    over 1 year ago

    John Galaxy

    My post, along with many others, seems to have disappeared. Some people don't like the truth!

  • Dave

    over 1 year ago

    Dave

    Nice resto on the E. Loved the weight saving technique of using filler instead of lead. Sunroof brought the car bang up to date. The desirable auto too :-)

  • T Adams

    over 1 year ago

    T Adams

    Hi I would be the first to say I am no expert, but I do think that there are certain things that a restorer would know NOT to do ie glass sunroof in a E type as for the MG webasto S/R were options on both cars in that era I think, so why weld up on the MG but not the glass one on the E type? and why not keep the original colour. As for the programme, its entertaining, I like old cars just sometimes I think its very staged so keep going Bernie & Mario with a little less over acting maybe! Ha

  • Simony

    over 1 year ago

    Simony

    I am struggling a little with this programme as its clearlyvgotvto fit a lot into 1 hour and I am really not sure you would want to pay for a car from these guys. I am equally Dissapointed with the comments of some of the viewers. I am proud of my 4.2 auto E type so less snobbishness please- all are a work of art ! We all work hard to maintain them and do not all have £100k. The programme has got non classic enthusiasts watching and learning a little so it cannot all be bad

  • Gerry C

    over 1 year ago

    Gerry C

    Just watched the MGB resto, what a load of, There is no way ever that heap of rust could have been restored to the high standard those two so called "restorers" want in 2 weeks. Give us real enthustiastic restorers who can do the job properley and not a comedy shouting match between an eastend mouth piece and his over the top partner.

  • Lee

    over 1 year ago

    Lee

    I'm startled by the comments I read. Presenters getting a lot of abuse is out of order. Creating an entertaining show as well as being technically informative and appealing to a very wide audience has to be a tough gig. It does have it weak point, but focus on the strengths. If you want shows like this to succeed then support them with constructive feedback and less "I could do better attitude'

  • Scrimmy

    over 1 year ago

    Scrimmy

    Entertaining show guys, OK these might not be acid dipped or have full engine rebuilds, but who cares, your putting great cars back on the road! More critical and cynical viewers should chill out a little, if a 'master mechanic' wants to show us how to knock carbon off a distributor cap, let him, makes me chuckle to think that people out there might not know that! For those tuning in to learn how to restore a car 'buy a haynes manual and an old banger to play with' This programs pure entertainment "TV GOLD" PS "Wheres my Jag?"

  • Gerry c

    over 1 year ago

    Gerry c

    I had hoped the show would be informative and interesting as we have waited so long for a classic car programme. I found it comical and too pre scripted and a total disreguard for real classic car restorers and enthusiasts. Very dissapointed.

  • Craig c

    over 1 year ago

    Craig c

    Bodged bodged bodged that is all

  • bill campbell MIMI M>TEch Eng

    over 1 year ago

    bill campbell MIMI M>TEch Eng

    bernie, absalute class show had me and my little fella laughing are heads off at ya ranting an shouting,keep it up son....big up 2 ya

  • Ian Orford

    over 1 year ago

    Ian Orford

    Ian Orford When do we get to know who has won the cars

  • Raymond McKenzie

    over 1 year ago

    Raymond McKenzie

    What a poor poor show, usual stage managed crap. You really would have to give away an E-type with a glass roof and auto............................ Even the poor excuse for a restoration would have cost more than they documented. But hey more cheap TV like Wheeler Dealers. Did Bernie formerly work in Fulham? Aye in Kwik Fit?

  • Jonny

    over 1 year ago

    Jonny

    When do the winners get announced? Cheers

  • ILKAN

    over 1 year ago

    ILKAN

    Guys, This was great show.Perfect illustrations tooI really don't understand what you like to see within 45 minutes. Bernie I'm your huge fan and you gain his by 45 min !! Ilkan

  • Gary

    over 1 year ago

    Gary

    I watched the second showing of this last night and I am so disappointed. The two goons buying the car, clearly knew very little about the e-type and the narrator clearly knew even less as he twice referred to it, as having the highly desirable 4.2 litre engine, oblivious to the highly undesirable twin strombergs. I am not sure if the engine even had a problem or did they just flood it with Redex? It's a great shame that channel 5 couldn't find a real enthusiast to restore the car and leave out all the contrived drama. I felt at times that I was watching a Laurel and Hardy tribute.

  • martin rooker

    over 1 year ago

    martin rooker

    how bad was that ! A full resto? Never seen a car resprayed before interior and mechanics done first. cockney boy worried about engine rebuild but hey presto,top off carbs and all fixed. How do you clean out the cylinders and repair a piston without taking apart an engine? Just a team of bodgers making a cheap and nasty program.

  • ian stoker

    over 1 year ago

    ian stoker

    ps, to give it away described as "a total restoration" is against the trades discription act, repairing the bits you carnt see with second hand ones is NOT restoring, and not replacing everything full stop is also, NOT a restoration, this should be classed as "refreshed" oh yes, and anyone who knew these cars would have put a webasco roof in if you had to keep a sunroof at all

  • ian stoker

    over 1 year ago

    ian stoker

    I was so angry watching this programe, I've worked for forward engineering, XK engineering for 20 years, and the e type center for 10, i can tell you that car was worth no more that 6K at tops, american spec! left hand drive, wrong ratio diff, stromburgs! and they're going to restore it for 6K? no way, and what where they getting out the skip? nothing for an e type I know! looks like all they did was act stupid for the cameras and rip some poor bloke off by selling him a "polished turd" as we would call it , now if you want an e type restored track me down and we'll do it properly!

  • Geoff

    over 1 year ago

    Geoff

    Have to say, the car looked fantastic at the end...obviously all the hard work could'nt be shown in the time available. The original footage was also great to see. A very entertaining prog..........

  • Andy Orme

    over 1 year ago

    Andy Orme

    What an opportunity missed. A left hand drive 4.2 with an auto box and a glass sunroof??? For 30k! In cloud cuckoo land perhaps (or more to the point the great unwashed average viewer with a less than average knowledge of the market) but not in reality. A real shame that the contrived 'fly on the wall ' programme style has got in the way of what could have been a decent show. 3/10.

  • Andy

    over 1 year ago

    Andy

    i see my comment was removed?? How to go through the correct channels then to pursue an amazing restoration to Jag rotting in a back garden when only 57 were every made??

  • Monty Rustbucket

    over 1 year ago

    Monty Rustbucket

    Was really looking forward to this but what a dissapointment. They couldn't have got two worse presenters if they had tried. The 'supposedly' cockney wide boy one was so bad I was waiting for Dick Van Dyke to appear for a rousing rendition of 'Me Ol Bamboo'. A full resto in a month, what a load of crap. No wonder they're giving it away instead of flogging it, it'll be rotten again in a year. And as for making a profit - ha, were all those blokes working for a month for nothing ?? The best bit was when they so obviously reversed the Jag on purpose into the engine for a bit of excitement. Dont think i will be watching the rest of the series. Without doubt the worst classic car show ever, please DON'T make another series. Shame as it could have been good.

  • Kev

    over 1 year ago

    Kev

    Was it just poorly edited or was it really that bad? A car being 'restored' using parts rescued from a skip deserves the widest possible berth.

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  • colin clarke

    over 1 year ago

    colin clarke

    Quite how does one "repair a piston"? And the carefully stage managed "accident" after the car had been painted was twaddle. And where were the 8" aluminium wheel spacers......................

  • Nick Goldthorp

    over 1 year ago

    Nick Goldthorp

    Trying to think of some constructive critisism, but three words keep springing to mind. Atrocious, contrived, rubbish. Sorry, but some of the worst TV that I have ever watched

  • CALLEN  TheVoice

    over 1 year ago

    CALLEN TheVoice

    I think Ron Eccles is being a bit unfair saying Bernie ruins the show. I thought he came across as an old school cockney character and a nice guy. I think what ruined the first show was the superficial larking around too much and not enough detailed technical stuff. I recall a similar show used to be aired a few years back so nice to see it back again. can anyone explain how the competition is going to be run?

  • Paul C

    over 1 year ago

    Paul C

    Hi Guys, Come to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC this November 16th - 18th.

  • Jimwise68

    over 1 year ago

    Jimwise68

    Didn't see the show so cant comment on it, was told about it by a work colleague. But have read lots of negative comments on the show and about the E-Type you restored being undesirable? Is there such a thing as an undesirable E-Type??? Just a shame about the sunroof. Will watch both the shows later as any car restoration show is good in my books.

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  • Roger M

    over 1 year ago

    Roger M

    4.2 Litre engine, LHD, and automatic, all the least desirable components of an E-Type. None of the important points about E-Type restoration even mentioned. Oppertunity missed - very annoyed!

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  • Cee

    over 1 year ago

    Cee

    Awful program! Won't be watching the next one, due to too many bodgers by the mechanic and team.

  • ron eccles

    over 1 year ago

    ron eccles

    Get rid of Bernie Fineman and you would have a descent program

  • ron eccles

    over 1 year ago

    ron eccles

    Great car the E- Type. I used to work on them back in the 60's. Sorry to say, if your Bernie is a so called 'Master Mechanic' (what ever that is), I will eat my underpants.

  • Dave McKay

    over 1 year ago

    Dave McKay

    Hi lads, Are you thinking of doing a show on any Ford Escorts as I have recently seen a lot of shoddy restoration work on them, It may show the cowboys how to do a proper job.

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  • Lorenz Heil

    over 1 year ago

    Lorenz Heil

    we have a few classics - looking forward to the Mini episode as we know the Palmer Bros. Mini guys - great to have a classic car show on at last - good luck with it - I've told my FB buddies...

  • Gerry capon

    over 1 year ago

    Gerry capon

    It's about time we had a classic car show, just hope it continue

  • Jeff D

    over 1 year ago

    Jeff D

    I'm just about to start restoring my own recently acquired neglected classic - so will be watching with great interest. Can't wait for the series to start!

  • Bernie Fineman  MIMI   M>TEch Eng

    over 1 year ago

    Bernie Fineman MIMI M>TEch Eng

    Thanks Brian, i know you will enjoy the show Regards Bernie Fineman MIMI M.Tech Eng Presenter Technical Classic Car Rescue

  • Brian AA Hayes.

    over 1 year ago

    Brian AA Hayes.

    This looks as though it's going to be a great show. If you are looking for donor car's I have a 1955 MG Magnette ZA. which needs some serious restoration ! I hope the programe runs and runs. There are a lot of great classic cars out there, and a lot of people interested in them. Good luck with the show.

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