Own­ing one

Classic Sports Car - - Buyer’s Guide -

With a VW Scirocco Storm and a BMW Z4 al­ready in his garage, Paul Cooper added his V12 E-type in ’06 when the pre­vi­ous owner em­i­grated: “He was an en­gi­neer who had la­belled ev­ery hy­draulic line with the date when he’d re­placed it – he had done all the hard work and said he didn’t dare keep the bills in case his wife found them! It had been stored for a few years, so I spent around £1000 to get it an MOT and have en­joyed it since. Three years ago it had a mis­fire that turned out to be a stuck valve – when the head came off, we found that the valve seat and head were cracked. I searched a long time for a re­place­ment head, be­fore buy­ing a pair for a good price from The Jag Work­shop. They were re­built, with new man­i­folds – which tend to crack – and I’ve had no prob­lems since.”

“The last owner was an en­gi­neer who had la­belled ev­ery hy­draulic line with the date when he had re­placed it”

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