We take every driver around a short block to give the chance to get used to the controls and understand the foibles of each of our cars.
Each car goes out on hire with a comprehensive information pack and this includes an instruction sheet of how to operate the controls.
Details for our Jaguar E-Type are shown below and can be printed off in PDF form by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.
When cold: Pull out the choke lever fully, press the accelerator once and then turn the ignition key. Wait until the clicking from the fuel pump has stopped, then turn the key to start the engine. Press the accelerator again when the engine fires. Use the choke for the first few minutes.
When warm: Do not touch accelerator, but turn key till it fires, then press accelerator.
Speed/revs: Please respect the age of this car; although the engine has been rebuilt, there is no need to exceed 4,500 revs. The car runs well between 3,000 and 4,000 revs, which is economical but allows for fun without the tears. You should, of course, also obey all speed limits at all times.
Gears: Gear layout is standard for a Four speed gearbox.
Reverse is to the left of 2nd.
Handbrake: Handbrake is standard but always park in gear. Make sure handbrake lever is fully down and the warning light is turned off before moving off.
Soft-top: The soft-top is fairly quick to raise and lower.
To Lower: Undo the three clips holding it to the windscreen surround. Get out of the car and tilt both seat backs forward, then fold the hood back completely. Return the seat backs to their normal position. With any driver over 6ft tall the back of the seat is likely to touch the folded hood frame, so always fit the tonneau cover to protect the seats.
To Raise: remove the tonneau cover, tilt the seat backs forward, raise the hood completely. Raise the seat backs and then from inside the car line up the three catches, close the side ones first and then the centre one.
Wheels: The car is fitted with wire wheels with 185HR15 tyres.
Punctures: Because it is difficult to remove the wheels and injudicious use of the spinner hammer could damage the bodywork, the car carries a canister of Holts Tyreweld Puncture Repair. This is stored with the spare wheel, spinner hammer, spinner spanner and jack under the boot floor panels. In the event of a puncture, follow the instructions on this canister in the first instance. If this does not fix the puncture then the wheel should be changed. Telephone us before changing the wheel so we can advise you of the jacking points. If the car is jacked up incorrectly this can damage the floor or the space frame and we will make a charge to repair any damage caused.
Overheating: While early E-Types had a reputation for over heating, this was cured in 1967 when dual electric radiator fans were fitted. These are controlled by a thermostat and should keep the temperature gauge more or less on the m of Normal.
Lights: The light switches are the two together in the centre of the line of switches. The left switch is for the sidelights and the right one for the headlights. The panel light switch is to the left of these - press down one position for dim and two for bright. The Dip/Main Beam switch is on the right hand side of the dashboard. Pull the indicator stalk towards you to flash the headlamps.
Horn: The horn button is on the end of the indicator stalk.
Fuel tank: Fill with Super Unleaded (97) Petrol (BP Ultimate or Shell V-Power). Capacity is 12 gallons (55 litres ). At around 20 - 22 mpg a full tank should be enough to cover over 150 miles. Fill until the petrol pump stops.
Boot: The boot lid is opened by pulling the release handle behind the drivers seat. Close it by pushing down until the catch locks.
Spares There are a number of spare parts stored under the boot floor. A list is in the glove box. These are to enable a breakdown service to make minor repairs or replace consumable items (distributor cap, hoses, rotor arm, condensor, clutch seals etc). No tools are included and the hirer should not attempt any repairs.
Picnic: If ordered, this is in the boot with a waterproof rug.
Before you hire our Jaguar E-Type Roadster for a day on The Open Road, have a quick look at this publicity film of a Jaguar E-Type Test Drive, produced by Jaguar Cars in 1961. If only the roads were still as empty.