the chrome bits...) 'my' F-Type was over £70K. So seemingly in the 911 realm. Yet it's not really a fair contest - the 911 is a much more expensive car and feels it too. But as OV66 EUH returns to the fold and, eventually, a Jaguar dealer's forecourt somewhere, the comparisons get a little more interesting. Because used six-cylinder F-Types are something of a bargain.
Cars barely into four-figure mileages are plentiful at less than £50K, many of these (like mine) specced as £70K-plus cars. The fact these are pre-facelift cars will depress pricing further but at this price point you're thick into the realm of used Caymans, at which point the idea of a characterful Jaguar coupe with a charismatic six-cylinder engine all of a sudden has powerful attraction.
There are just three manual F-Type Coupes in the PH classifieds as I write, the sole S up for £47K with under 3,000 miles on the clock. And an equivalently aged six-cylinder Cayman GTS carries twice the miles and costs another £15K. An S manual is closer at £52K and there are many ways to skin this cat but it's safe to say that a 380hp V6 F-Type presents itself as a compelling used alternative to an equivalent Cayman at this kind of money.
I like the design of the Coupe and the boot has proven itself properly useful, capable of carrying a handy amount of luggage, a new exhaust for my Forester and even a Christmas tree. Sort of. When I put my bike on the roof with the Sea Sucker rack there was plenty of room for the front wheel and all my kit, and on a gentle mooch I regularly saw over 30mpg. Which I think is pretty respectable for a supercharged V6 in a heavy car of this nature.
It's a comfy and stylish car to be in too, so long as you ignore the crummy infotainment interface (now updated) and enjoy the fundamentals rather than fixate on some of the details. It's a very driver-centric car though, the round steering wheel (a novelty in this day and age), cowled dials and low-slung driving position informing you of the old-school character.
And though the manual shift's throw and the clutch pedal's vagueness made the transmission less pleasurable than it could have been, the flexibility of the engine and control over proceedings was always involving. The need to rev and slip the clutch to overcome the automatic release of the electric handbrake and some cruise control wobbles are hints the calibration isn't perhaps as polished as it is in the automatic, but I was happy with my 'old school' spec. You won't find many - if any - like this either. My Firesand Orange paint has been discontinued, manuals are rare and my choice of a carbon roof extremely unusual. And I have to thank Jaguar again for sparing my blushes on the chrome window surrounds and replacing them with the black pack I forgot to spec originally - the change absolutely transformed the looks.
My only disappointment was not getting a proper go on track to finish off the rear tyres, which after 13,000 miles were getting close to their wear limiters. I squeezed in a couple of laps of Anglesey the other week and, as expected, the weight was impossible to ignore. It was, however, beautifully balanced, richly interactive and rewarding to drive 'properly' before temptation got the better of me and I did a couple of luxuriant skids for good measure. Not its natural environment, but I did at least get it out of my system before they took it back.
It'll be interesting to track F-Types as the market matures too. My suspicion is that six-cylinder Caymans and Boxsters will hold their money while the Jaguars will remain excellent value. And once you start comparing the Jaguar's more inspiring engine note with the fast but farty 718-model Porsches I think those chasing a more romantic driving experience will find the F-Type a more attractive proposition. It deserves to be.
Car: Jaguar F-Type S Coupe
Run by: Dan
On fleet since: October 2016
List price new: £71,880 (Basic list of £60,775 plus Firesand Orange paint £715; Jet leather facings and Firesand stitch £0; Jet/Firesand Interior £0; Dark Hex Aluminium centre console £0, 20-inch Cyclone wheels in black £1,785; High Performance Brake System with black calipers £310; Visibility Pack inc. heated windscreen and Auto High Beam Assist £1,100; Premium Leather Interior with Performance Seats £2,495; Parking Pack inc. front parking sensors and rear view camera £515; illuminated metal treadplates with Jaguar script £255; Meridian 770W Digital Surround Sound System £1,380 and Carbon Fibre Roof £2,550)
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Past 10,000 miles and the noise is still invigorating