Porter Press International
Jaguar E-type (2nd Edition) The Definitive History, by Philip Porter - Image of a spread from the book

Jaguar E-type (2nd Edition) The Definitive History, by Philip Porter

Marking the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-type, this is an all-new updated edition of a classic book that was first published in 1989 and remained in print for 20 years. The E-type was, and still is, a uniquely charismatic and important British sports car – and this remarkable book provides the ultimate tribute to it. With lots of new information and illustrations, and presented in a handsome new design in a larger format, this book is a ‘must-have’ for all E-type enthusiasts.

 

Key content:

 

  • Early days: design and development; launch and reaction; specification and production.
  • The 3.8 E-type: launch as roadster and fixed-head coupé; development and evolution; early racing activities with E-types; invading the USA as the XKE.
  • The competition cars 1962–64: development of the lightweight versions for racing; their successes – and failures – in GT classes of international racing.
  • The 4.2-litre E-type: a bigger engine for 1964; subsequent evolution through to Series II form; the 2+2 (a third body style) arrives in 1966.
  • The Series III E-type: the final model gets Jaguar’s awesome 5.3-litre V12 engine; evolution through to the end of production in 1974.
  • The E-type in later years: the born-again racing car; variations on the theme; the E-type in miniature; the E-type today.
  • Comprehensive appendices: specifications; the competition E-types and their results; production changes; models; sales figures.
  • Previous edition ISBN: 978 0 85429 580 7.

 

The author

 

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 coupé 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. He lives in Worcestershire.

 

Key Points:

 

  • A Haynes book
  • Hardback
  • Word Count 250000
  • 280 x 230mm
  • 672 pages
  • 400 colour & 400 b&w illustrations.
Jaguar E-type - The Definitive History, by Philip Porter - book cover image

(signed copies only available direct from us)

Jaguar E-type (2nd Edition) The Definitive History, by Philip Porter - book spread image
Jaguar E-type (2Nd Edition) The Definitive History, by Philip Porter - book spread image

Purchase This Book

New Foreword by Sir Jackie Stewart. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar
E-type, here is an all-new updated edition of a classic book that was first published in 1989 and remained in print for 20 years.

 

Signed by Philip Porter

£95

MORE INFO

MORE INFO

Jaguar E-type (2nd Edition) The Definitive History, by Philip Porter

Classic & Sport Car, October 2011

 

“First published in 1989, author Philip Porter’s exhaustive history of the Jaguar E-type has been much expanded for a second edition to coincide with the sports-car legend’s 50th birthday.  Now a thumping 688 pages, The Definitive History covers every imaginable aspect of the car, from early prototypes to the latest Eagle Speedster.  Highlights include a wealth of factory drawings and documents, together with a vast range of first-hand reflections on ownership and driving.”

 

Classic Cars, October 2011

 

“Jaguar historian Philip Porter has comprehensively revised his 1989 tome on the E-type for the model’s 50th anniversary year, which sees the hardback grow in all dimensions even though it packs fewer pages than the original – 688 compared to 712.

 

It’s more elegantly presented than the original, with more colour images and additional photos, while the text incorporates a number of factual corrections and adds detail to subjects such as the car’s development, the competition careers of the lightweights and the V12’s conception.  Sections on E-type specials and the cars in use today are also brought up to date.

 

 This edition is the only E-type book you need and well worth the asking price, even if you already own the first edition – Porter’s book on the race cars (Ultimate E-type, reviewed in Classic Cars’ July 2011 issue) is a useful companion.”

 

Jaguar World, September 2011

 

” Was it really back in 1989 that the first edition of Jaguar E-type, the definitive history was launched? Back then it did what it said on the label but of course new information has come to light in the intervening 22-years.  Author, Philip Porter, has not been idle; during that time he has amassed some interesting new facts adding considerably to what was an already compelling book.  There must be a greater collective showing or original E-type photographs over this book’s 688 pages than virtually anywhere else, and all are completely fascinating.”

 

“Along with the actual facts of the E-type’s development are interviews with key people of the era which combine to give a wonderful insight to the whole project.  Racing, too, is examined in-depth showing just how much potential the E-type had.  Surely there cannot be a better way to fully understand the E-type than immersing yourself in this superb book."

 Jim Patten

 

Book Reviews

Testimonials

Dear Louise

 

As promised, a note to say how grateful I am for the replacement cover for my E-type book (Definitive History). In a world where customer service seems to be a foreign language, it is so nice to deal with a publisher that is customer orientated.

 

From a very grateful Jaguar obsessed person - a very big thank you!

 

Anthony Wainwright

Other Books in the Jaguar Portfolio

The story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster

This is the story of how one man completely restored his XK 120 roadster, transforming it from dereliction into a thoroughly beautiful example of this iconic sports car. He also took the time to investigate and incorporate numerous detail improvements, making the car even more usable and practical for today’s roads, some 65 years after it was built.

Available now!

£35

Jaguar Lightweight E-type -  The Autobiography of 4 WPD

by Philip Porter

In this first of the Great Cars series, Philip Porter covers this famous E-type's active life in every detail. With authoritative text, accompanied by a superb array of period photographs, this is a magnificent record of a most significant racing car.

 

Standard (signed) Edition

£60

 

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£250

 

Collectors' (signed) Edition£1,200

First book in the Great Cars Series - Jaguar Lightweight E-type - The Autobiography of 4 WPD, by Philip Porter

Jaguar Design - A Story of Style

People * Process * Projects

by Nick Hull

Foreword by Ian Callum

One ingredient is common to every Jaguar – style.

 

Arguably a greater proportion of people have more passion for Jaguar than for any other car manufacturer. And the reason for this passion is style. Being more than merely functional motor cars, Jaguars stir the blood.

 

People like their Mercedes, BMW, Audi or Lexus, but they love their Jaguar!

£75

(signed by Nick Hull)

Saving Jaguar

by John Egan

A fascinating account of how he and his colleagues turned a doomed and desperate company into a great success story. The challenges were almost overwhelming and yet they were gradually overcome. Compelling reading.

 

£24.95

(copies signed by

Sir John Egan are only available direct from us)

Jaguar D-type - The Autobiography of XKD 504

by Philip Porter & Chas Parker

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£250

This superb book tells the story of one of the most historically interesting of all Jaguar
D-types – a car that has raced more than any other D-type.

Standard (signed) Edition

£60

Jaguar E-type

(2nd Edition)

The Definitive History

by Philip Porter

Stunning book by Montagu Trophy winning Jaguar author, Philip Porter.

 

£95

 

Signed by Philip Porter

Ultimate E-type – The Competition Cars

by Philip Porter

This is a heavyweight book on the rare Lightweight Es and early racers. It took a year to write and over 200 people were interviewed. Packed with illustrations from wonderful period photos to stunning studio shots.

 

Standard Edition

£95

 

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£290

 

Collectors' (signed) Edition £2,200

(£1,000 per copy to the Henry Surtees Foundation)

Ultimate E-type - The Competition Cars, by Philip Porter

Original Jaguar XK - The

Restorer’s Guide

by Philip Porter

This book is packed full of material to fascinate and inform XK owners, restorers and enthusiasts, and is lavishly and comprehensively illustrated.

 

Standard (signed) Edition

£59

 

Very Special

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£275

Only 8 copies remaining!

E-type Jaguar DIY - Restoration & Maintenance A Kind of Loving

by Chris Rooke

Experts start with knowledge and experience, and so inevitably make assumptions and gloss over important details. Chris Rooke had played with classic cars before but had never fully restored one, and knew nothing about E-types.

 

£29.99

Jaguar Scrapbook

by Philip Porter

Stunning book by Montagu Trophy winning Jaguar author, Philip Porter.

Standard Edition

SOLD OUT

 

de Luxe (signed) Edition

£59.95

Jaguar XK DIY Restoration & Maintenance, by Bob Exelby

Newsletter Request

If you would like to receive our Porter Press Newsletter please complete the form to the right.  The newsletter will be sent to your email, so do ensure you include it.

 

The newsletter includes:

 

  • The latest Porter Press International book news
  • Event information
  • Signing sessions
  • Special offers
  • Insider information on new book developments

 

and much more…

Submitting Form...

The server encountered an error.

Form received.

Clicking on 'Accept' or using this website, you accept our cookie policy. Accept