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You're the one with the 156 GTA, aren't you? Mine's tucked up for the winter but I'll be unleashing her shortly.
You E-type sounds like fun , and no I only have a 156v6, not the GTA version. The GTA version must be a rocket!! ... but not as fast as I suspect your E-type will be

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As opined above, the six bangers are a much better proposition than the V12, although, properly fettled, the Jag V12 has its charms, too!
Don't get me wrong: it's a lovely engine when it works. It's just that it always seems on the verge of wanting to melt into a puddle of aluminum on the garage floor.

That and the whole "Hey, let's take this dodgy first-gen Lucas electronic ignition system and stick it in the hottest part of the Vee! That'll go well!"

(To be fair to Lucas, the Opus ignition was still working on my TR7 35 years after the car was made. Must've been a Wednesday car.)

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There are some good books out there on E-Types which would be helpful to read BEFORE he buys the car. E-Types, End of an Era by Chris Harvey being one of them. There are also restoration guides available. As before mentioned, go with the 6 cylinder. The early cars were powerful brutes but lacked good braking, with the Series II cars introducing much better brakes. Similar to Alfa's, rust is a powerful enemy. The 2+2 can offer better value since not everyone wants a four seater. Overheating can be troublesome but most have been retrofitted with new (and improved) radiators and surge tanks.
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Not mentioned that I see... restoration of an interior will set you back mind-boggling figures. There is no option for short-cuts like vinyl and they are not DIY projects (interior) so be prepared to bend over, especially the coupe..

Drove one once.. the exhaust note is mostly behind you.. not like an Alfa.. Very tight.. too tight for me and I'm 6'1 230. My size tens had trouble staying clear of each other. To me, this is one of those cars that is best bought done and let the other poor sucker suffer the drowning. It's not like they are rare either ( ala 911's du jour). Reminds me of something like a Flaminia or Fiat Dino project..Your nephew is dreaming if he thinks sweat equity can spare him the journey to hell.. Best advice I can give.

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All good points, thank you all for the feedback. After a lot of intense study and search he has decided to do what what is the advice dujour around here: Buy the best you can afford. No projects, no " ran when parked"...

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All good points, thank you all for the feedback. After a lot of intense study and search he has decided to do what what is the advice dujour around here: Buy the best you can afford. No projects, no " ran when parked"...
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^ This. I'd also suggest joining am owners' club and taking along one of their experts to validate what has been done - I'm sure we've all learnt at some stage one person's high standards do not equal another's!

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