Was James May right about classic cars being rubbish?

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преди 3 месеца

A few videos ago, James May said that he was 'over' classic car ownership and is now moving on into the futuristic tech of batteries and hydrogen. This has baffled many of us, so much so that Mike Fernie has decided to grab the keys to arguably the greatest classic car of all time - the Series 1 Jaguar E-Type - to see whether what May has said is true.
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DoubleDeckerAnton преди 20 часа
Get a classic restored with modern brakes n electrics.
Luis De La Rosa
Luis De La Rosa преди ден
Everyone's acting like its their jag or their friends jag! Kinda goofy IMO, I'm sure whoever loans out classic jaguar e types has the funds/resources to handle it.
Gil преди 2 дни
rob the elder
rob the elder преди 15 дни
There you go. Wheel on the wrong side
Covert Garage
Covert Garage преди 13 дни
Right! So you're welcome to my video blog about cars.
Lee Price
Lee Price преди 16 дни
Yeeeesssss... Also Noooooooo... Depends on the Car Truck SUV Depends on how you will use it Depends on Budget
Richard Fellows
Richard Fellows преди 19 дни
Once you've driven an Aston converted to electric, any classic petrol car is a tired old dinosaur.
Personally, the older I get, the less I want a new car because they are heavy, artificial snorefest.
Tom Mroz
Tom Mroz преди 22 дни
Sitting on a bonnet of fully restored series one E-type. That's how you end your classic car journalistic career.
Quill Maurer
Quill Maurer преди 24 дни
One thing that's for sure, these old cars and many other from that vintage look way better than any modern cars. But I can certainly understand that in most regards they're less practical and less capable. Usually anyway. They're a novelty in today's day and age, and for James that novelty has worn off - it hasn't for this guy. He said he really likes it, but still probably wouldn't like dailying it for very long. But I suppose I can counter that with my own experience, as I daily a '73 VW Bug. The novelty of it certainly has worn off, I don't really think or care so much about it being a classic, but that at least is still a reasonably practical car. Granted I've upgraded and modernized it in many ways, making it more practical and useful but less classic.
bigfatfreddie 3
bigfatfreddie 3 преди 25 дни
I am well pleased to see that even in other videos he gets flak for sitting on the bonnet.
leonard rust
leonard rust преди 27 дни
I learnt from a very early age that the seats of a car are on the inside NOT THE OUTSIDE 🤬
FRANZ DOREZA преди 28 дни
Lended? Lent to you.. and yes don’t sit in the old Jaaaaag..😔
kingofl337 преди 28 дни
Why is it worth it to muscle around that car? Would it be worth it if it wasn't an E-Type or something else special? Do we love these cars for their looks alone or because we are told it is special? Would it be less special if it was the same chassis with a modern drive train?
Axel Reunis
Axel Reunis преди 29 дни
When a car looks and sounds like this series 1 Jaguar E-Type, does it really matter how it drives?
Gareth Evans
Gareth Evans преди месец
You have to love so called car lovers/ experts siting on them with total arrogance, ignorance? and contempt for the poor tw@ts that lends them these cars, Fair enough if you own it do as you like , but when its borrowed ffs what a bell end ✊🏼💦😂
Kevin Blaylock
Kevin Blaylock преди месец
I think celebrities like James May, live lives that allow them the luxury of owning anything they want. In the end the passion, excitement of how certain cars once made them feel stops. James May is knowledgeable chap, however when the passion for the cars that once made you famous stops, maybe it's time for you to stop presenting to those that don't want to see your big couldn't car less backside all over a beautiful E type!
craig smith
craig smith преди месец
If he sat on a modern car and it would probably buckle.sit in it not on it.
glockenrein преди месец
I have an “old” car. Not a classic car, just a rusty, 23 year old Fiesta and I absolutely LOVE it. It doesn’t beep at me constantly, it has proper windows, I can decide for myself if I want to use the lights, breaks, wipers, seatbelt and the car is blessedly silent about it. It’s easy and most of all cheap to repair because it doesn’t have a million electronic bits that keep breaking. It’s enormous on the inside instead of bulky in all the wrong places, costs next to nothing in insurance and I’m dreading the day I have to give it up. I guess I would love a classic car. 😄
Andre Fecteau
Andre Fecteau преди месец
a car is a fantasy, look at how many exotics never are driven, are "barn finds"...yeah when life calls it doesn't wanna be picked up in a 454 SS Chevelle in the middle of January in Michigan...to the guy who has the car he thinks "yeah I'm bad; I have a 454SS"...and that's it...the band KISS was pure marketing, same idea, "I'm not mainstream", but you were when you drank the Gene Simmons kool aid. Btw I have a 427 Mustang, the idea of it was better in the build than the realization, many things are like that, it's why many rich people drive a simple f150, they are over the whole "car thing"
frogs преди месец
I knew he was going to sit on the car by the comments but it still made me gasp 😯.
Luiz Schmidt
Luiz Schmidt преди месец
I stopped watching when he sat with jeans on the bonnet. So disrespectful...
Electric Norwegian
Electric Norwegian преди месец
That’s a well kept car. But they take a lot of work, the controls are heavy to operate, things break all the time and parts are expensive. But hey I owned a 81 911 once and loved it to bits, but it’s not for everyone
Curious Pug
Curious Pug преди месец
James may is a boomer who doesn't do boomer thing anymore
Ian Visser
Ian Visser преди месец
Not worth going for an old car if it has a carb. 1, you're running the wrong fuel for it, 2, you wont find a decent mechanic for it, so ur doing it all yourself, 3, you wont find parts for it and when you do they cost an arm and a leg...
Ian Visser
Ian Visser преди месец
Nice Jacuar...
BOO duh
BOO duh преди месец
I always found his comparison to buying an old TV, to be accurate and comical
Nordic Wolf
Nordic Wolf преди месец
The answer to the title is Yes and No. Every person has their likes and dislikes about classic. So whatever makes you happy is the correct answer.🙂 Ps: don’t sit on a car with excellent paint job, just don’t!
Steven M
Steven M преди месец
Now classic car prices will drop, thanks James.
catarina jerez
catarina jerez преди месец
great now i can buy my dream car for less
chris xaf12
chris xaf12 преди месец
Modern cars are disposable junk
blue too
blue too преди месец
Totally agree
Marc преди месец
Why would u sit in an e type that’s like punching the queen mother
Harley Brightman
Harley Brightman преди месец
I think some are cool tho.
BUZZ преди месец
turns out James may is correct.
White Noise
White Noise преди месец
Of course it makes sense what James May said. It's like vinyl records.
davidlelkington преди месец
I have a blue corgi model of an e type to
davidlelkington преди месец
Who would hate an etype Jaguar
nightsage217 преди месец
James is more excited about the future motor industry, because he might be comforted by the quality of the ride has gone better.
marine drive
marine drive преди месец
James is probably just being a bit contrarian, I'm sure he can appreciate the mechanics and engineering of classic cars, in the same way many 'much' younger people appreciate the more mechanical experience of classic cars. Perhaps he just hasn't got the time or energy to devote to them anymore - poor old thing!
silvio santapaola
silvio santapaola преди месец
well no but actually yes
irisfailsafe преди месец
A closed road publicity. That car won’t stop and never arrive at its destination. The movie analogy makes no sense
Hugo Togner
Hugo Togner преди месец
I think E Type is the best car ever made.
Evan C
Evan C преди месец
You're a liar, you do want modern, high-tech, and easy.... otherwise you'd never have said what you did about 2001 Space Oddesy vs StarWars
Chris Rook
Chris Rook преди месец
Bro, just shows you don’t understand these cars sitting on the fender
Guy Mahoney
Guy Mahoney преди 2 месеца
When you've had to deal with classic car operating BS, why would you want to do it again? Once experienced, it's merely an inconvenience detracting from the driving experience. When you love driving over memorabilia, you appreciate a car that helps you fully engage with the drive.
Ghost Trailers
Ghost Trailers преди 2 месеца
James DellaNeve
James DellaNeve преди 2 месеца
I’d love to see James squeeze into a 917 now.
Jimmy Lundberg
Jimmy Lundberg преди 2 месеца
James also has OCD and likes classical music!! 🥴👈. .😄. Me, i'm a rock and metal guy. Everything i do is spur of the moment...i want life to have⚡ 😈 So old cars it is 🥰 .
Rod Rebman
Rod Rebman преди 2 месеца
You just proved the exact opposite point you were going for by driving someone else's car and turning it back in. What's actually in your garage?
Hugh Jazz
Hugh Jazz преди 2 месеца
Ah yes the Jacuar
First Name Second Name
First Name Second Name преди 2 месеца
🤔 yes but do we care? No. 😁👍
Robert Bronson
Robert Bronson преди 2 месеца
For all the Nancy’s screaming about Mike sitting on the Bonnet, he’s sitting on the fender. The repaint is with modern compounds that are more than up to his mistreatment. The original paints were lacquers with clear coats, totally unforgiving and hideously toxic (although inarguably most beautiful
Allen Wright
Allen Wright преди 2 месеца
I had a 64 Nova for my first car back in 2004 and it was gut wrenching to drive. I loved it and took over a year to fully restore the car. I had to get use to no power breaking and skidding like a bicycle at every stop sign, no power steering and no AC in Florida. Surprisingly it stayed pretty cool with the floor vents but wow it was a wake up call after using my folks vehicles.
Luis YL
Luis YL преди 2 месеца
Pick this is very most modern cars
Pee Cee
Pee Cee преди 2 месеца
that car is hideous from every angle
Naturecall Akbar
Naturecall Akbar преди 2 месеца
How's your hand mate?
Dan The car guy
Dan The car guy преди 2 месеца
Jags are there junk
Dave 24v
Dave 24v преди 2 месеца
Rule No.1 .......... Never sit on the bonnet of an E-Type Jaguar in a pair of jeans!! .... You can only do this if your a model wearing a very short skirt or dress!
Neage Tsukuyomi
Neage Tsukuyomi преди 2 месеца
I like classic cars... and inlike installing new stuff for creature comforts of today. Like wider tires... and a updated suspension
Roger Hudson
Roger Hudson преди 2 месеца
Now drive a 1970s Lotus Elan.
415 s30
415 s30 преди 2 месеца
As a daily driver they can be annoying at times, but it's a whole other experience to take my classics out. I guess I think of it as taking a boat out, it's not at all like driving my newer car.
Raphael Zadey
Raphael Zadey преди 2 месеца
2001 was a classic film ... I don't need to rebuild my home entertainment system every time I want to watch it, or even to have it in my possession. The only classic Jags, Astons and Jensens that work are complete rebuilds with modern non-jag parts.
Riley Mundt
Riley Mundt преди 2 месеца
If your comment is going to be "Don't Sit oN THe boNNEt!", then please, don't write the comment. We got the point from the first person who said it, you and the other 400+ people who have said it afterwards don't make the point any more clear, useful, or relevant.
Clive JM Ellis
Clive JM Ellis преди 2 месеца
lent becomes ''lended'' - who is this guy ?
RED D преди 2 месеца
All I know is ive been in a DB5 and it was horrible
David Earnest
David Earnest преди 2 месеца
Brits have an almost Stockholm Syndrome relationship with old garbage motors. The level of masochism needed to own and maintain said garbage is Insane. I once acquired three, count them, THREE Rolls Royce limousines. It cost hundreds of dollars per month to store them. Only one of them ran and they ALL had THOUSANDS of dollars of work that needed to be done. You can't take parts from one and make another run. I sold them all to one individual with more money than sense. Broke even. Jags, Austins, Mini Coopers, MG's. If they don't leak a lot of oil the rust away to nothing.
Philip Harrison
Philip Harrison преди 2 месеца
Tomorrow I am buying my first classic car so I am thankful for this video!
Robert Lees
Robert Lees преди 2 месеца
Cutting edge technology? You are referring to twin points and a condenser I assume?
Kevin Binnion
Kevin Binnion преди 2 месеца
Rong egsorst . For the three litre lol original one is a v shape 4 pops open egsorst
Rj Nation
Rj Nation преди 2 месеца
My grandmother had a S1 roadster with the Moss box & my dad taught me to drive in that car, in the 80's it was an evil piece of work, but I've never had a problem with any manual gearbox since, I miss that car every day & the experience of it, Rj in Oz.
Stoic Viking
Stoic Viking преди 2 месеца
koolaid117 преди 2 месеца
In short, yes, May was right. They are garbage. But I'd rather have a classic that is simpler to work on than something that is computer controlled and expensive to work on.
ANTONY HUGHES преди 2 месеца
When they are running right and under certain circumstances they are wonderful, but incredibly difficult to live with, they are also money pits.
wiggles1031 преди 2 месеца
Totally totally totally
Alex Kämling
Alex Kämling преди 2 месеца
i‘ve got a 2012 Elise, so every argument till minute 2:15 fits on an „actual“ car ;)
specialized500 преди 2 месеца
It is a thing of beauty .
Michael keaton
Michael keaton преди 2 месеца
Didn't jaguar remade this car with today's tech and today's material but back then styling?
Miles Van Rothow
Miles Van Rothow преди 2 месеца
The modern car requires less and less driver input and in another 20 years we will all be passengers - the machines will do all the driving and your car insurance will require you not to interfere with the controls.
Phil Copson
Phil Copson преди 2 месеца
Does this bloke know anything ? "First off, it runs on carburetters, so you have to activate a choke." he claims. Carburetters can be manual or automatic choke - by the time that carbs were replaced by injection across the industry, almost every vehicle had an automatic choke. In fact, Jaguar used carbs with automatic chokes from the 1930s onward. The E-type has a manual choke on it's triple SU carbs because it was what was expected in a sports car, the Mark 10 Jag uses the same triple carb' set-up but has an automatic choke because it's what the buyer of a luxury saloon expected. Saying that the mirrors vibrate or that the car has rattles and squeaks, is not an argument against classic cars - if it's got a few faults, fix them. His babyish claim that he felt "battered and bruised" by driving an E-type, is simply pathetic. Stick to your Nissan Micra.
Charbel Jreijiri
Charbel Jreijiri преди 2 месеца
Get off the fooking car boy!
nomebear преди 2 месеца
A friend's sister was, shall we say, homely. Knowing the odds of her ever marrying, her wonderful father bought her a spanking new, yellow Jaguar XKE. She was soon married, and that is the end of a true story. Who said that an XKE was a bad investment?
Jimi Xia
Jimi Xia преди 2 месеца
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Mr. Unknown
Mr. Unknown преди 3 месеца
Classic Cars are like classic watches. Beautiful pieces of engineering that you love to look at but are definitely waaay past their functioning prime.
cloud ix
cloud ix преди 3 месеца
How old does a car needs to be for it to be considered a “classic car”?
Quill Maurer
Quill Maurer преди 24 дни
I think there's a lot of subjectivity to it as well - basically how appealing is it and how nostalgic are people over it. A 1985 Ford Mustang is much more likely to be regarded as a classic than a 1985 Honda Civic.
Riley Mundt
Riley Mundt преди 2 месеца
Legally, in the US, a car can be designated as a Classic after 25 years from manufacture.
koolaid117 преди 2 месеца
Any car from your youth and older is always how I viewed it. In my case that is late 70's and earlier.
Samuel преди 3 месеца
he said, old cars... not classics
Eddy Riley
Eddy Riley преди 3 месеца
on the A5 recentley when an E type passed my truck,zoooom,loved it.ten minutes later,a VR6 passed me,BOOOOM,nuff said.
Ken Brown
Ken Brown преди 2 месеца
reminded me of a time years ago, driving down the freeway, and a gullwing mercedes went sailing by. then about a mile later, I went past it on the side of the road while the driver walked back to pick up what might have been his throttle cable.
Boden Ständig
Boden Ständig преди 3 месеца
Modern cars often have worse weight distribution than was typical before the advent of ESP. Also, they are now full of overly intrusive/annoying electronic/automatic features that you cannot turn off easily (or not at all), and often have shoddy interior materials (I'm thinking of the more "premium" German makes especially; all the others actually got better for most of the part).
Nolan David
Nolan David преди 3 месеца
"Lended to me"?
BerserkFury89 преди 3 месеца
Did you seriously compare modern cars to the absolute shitshow that is the new star wars trilogy?
JakobusVdL преди 3 месеца
FFS!! I think a reason not to like classic car fans (snobs?) is how so many are triggered by him sitting on the car.
Wade Connell
Wade Connell преди 3 месеца
The Supermarine Spitfire of the 60's??
Lorne Spry
Lorne Spry преди 3 месеца
The gear box is crunching - you say? Why are you not double-clutching!? If you don't know how to do this, you shouldn't be driving a machine like this! I was grinding my teeth when you were deliberately grinding the box to demonstrate your lack of skill - or is it ignorance? And then sitting on the bonnet! No class, no respect, no skill.
Martin Mold
Martin Mold преди 3 месеца
He hasn't driven a ferret.
TheBeast - PuntoMK2
TheBeast - PuntoMK2 преди 3 месеца
Absolutely not. Old cars are, in some ways, are the best cars.
Clive Reeves
Clive Reeves преди 3 месеца
As in all things some like old some only like new. It's your own choice of what you want.
mickyeverton преди 3 месеца
Recently purchased an XJS V12 1989 with 16,500 genuine miles on the clock. Having owned nearly every car under the sun I can honestly say this is the only car that never fails to make me smile. Owned a few in the 80's but for some reason I appreciate them much more in 2020. It could be that I'm at a certain age but I find the modern cars of today way over the top. Have you seen the interior of the new S Class, yes it's a work of art but you need a science degree to adjust the air con. It could just be me but as my Dear Friend use to say "Keep It Simple". Take Care, Peace From London. 🙏🙏
dalton knox
dalton knox преди 3 месеца
Classic cars are all about nostalgia, reliving youth etc. Modern cars have better performance, handling and brakes. You pay your money and take your pick.
Sébastien PEPINSTER преди 3 месеца
6:12 of an entire video JUST to call James May "old".
Derek GA
Derek GA преди 3 месеца
Are Drivetribe still trying to flog a dead horse using this Mike lad and using Clarkson May or Hammonds name in the tag line to attract people to the video, Me personally see the tag line click on the video see Mikes mush, sigh with disappointment and immediately click to another channel
Cornerstone Boxing Promotions
Cornerstone Boxing Promotions преди 3 месеца
Just peeped your bracelet - you from Kenya, mate? Habari Gani!
Allen Montrasio
Allen Montrasio преди 3 месеца
Some times it's nice to operate a machine that requires skill to use. Not every day, of course.
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