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Jaguar E-type V12 5.3 litre: The Essential Buyer's Guide Paperback – May 30, 2007
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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.
About the Author
A medical writer by profession, Peter has also written several books on Jaguars, reflecting his passion for the Coventry marque. He has owned a long line of Jaguars and Daimlers and currently drives or restores a 1966 E-type, a rare 1976 Series 2 Daimler Double Six Coup\u00e9, a 1985 Series 3 Daimler Double Six HE, and – his favorite – a 1984 XJ-S Banham 5-speed convertible.
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