Was James May right about classic cars being rubbish?

22 nóv 2020
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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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  • Plot twist, it's all just an elaborate plan by James May to lower classic car values to a reasonable price haha

    Phantom AspectPhantom AspectDegi Síðan síðan
  • Get a classic restored with modern brakes n electrics.

    DoubleDeckerAntonDoubleDeckerAnton4 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    Luis De La RosaLuis De La Rosa4 dögum síðan
  • Yes.

    GilGil5 dögum síðan
  • There you go. Wheel on the wrong side

    rob the elderrob the elder18 dögum síðan
    • Right! So you're welcome to my video blog about cars.

      Covert GarageCovert Garage16 dögum síðan
  • Yeeeesssss... Also Noooooooo... Depends on the Car Truck SUV Depends on how you will use it Depends on Budget

    Lee PriceLee Price19 dögum síðan
  • Once you've driven an Aston converted to electric, any classic petrol car is a tired old dinosaur.

    Richard FellowsRichard Fellows23 dögum síðan
  • Personally, the older I get, the less I want a new car because they are heavy, artificial snorefest.

  • Sitting on a bonnet of fully restored series one E-type. That's how you end your classic car journalistic career.

    Tom MrozTom Mroz25 dögum síðan
  • 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.

    Quill MaurerQuill Maurer28 dögum síðan
  • I am well pleased to see that even in other videos he gets flak for sitting on the bonnet.

    bigfatfreddie 3bigfatfreddie 328 dögum síðan
  • I learnt from a very early age that the seats of a car are on the inside NOT THE OUTSIDE 🤬

    leonard rustleonard rustMánuði síðan
  • Lended? Lent to you.. and yes don’t sit in the old Jaaaaag..😔

  • 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?

    kingofl337kingofl337Mánuði síðan
  • When a car looks and sounds like this series 1 Jaguar E-Type, does it really matter how it drives?

    Axel ReunisAxel ReunisMánuði síðan
  • 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 ✊🏼💦😂

    Gareth EvansGareth EvansMánuði síðan
  • 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!

    Kevin BlaylockKevin BlaylockMánuði síðan
  • If he sat on a modern car and it would probably buckle.sit in it not on it.

    craig smithcraig smithMánuði síðan
  • 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. 😄

    glockenreinglockenreinMánuði síðan
  • 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"

    Andre FecteauAndre FecteauMánuði síðan
  • I knew he was going to sit on the car by the comments but it still made me gasp 😯.

    frogsfrogsMánuði síðan
  • I stopped watching when he sat with jeans on the bonnet. So disrespectful...

    Luiz SchmidtLuiz SchmidtMánuði síðan
  • 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

    Electric NorwegianElectric NorwegianMánuði síðan
  • James may is a boomer who doesn't do boomer thing anymore

    Curious PugCurious PugMánuði síðan
  • 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 VisserIan VisserMánuði síðan
  • Nice Jacuar...

    Ian VisserIan VisserMánuði síðan
  • I always found his comparison to buying an old TV, to be accurate and comical

    BOO duhBOO duhMánuði síðan
  • 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!

    Nordic WolfNordic WolfMánuði síðan
  • Now classic car prices will drop, thanks James.

    Steven MSteven MMánuði síðan
  • Modern cars are disposable junk

    chris xaf12chris xaf12Mánuði síðan
  • Totally agree

    blue tooblue tooMánuði síðan
  • Why would u sit in an e type that’s like punching the queen mother

    MarcMarcMánuði síðan
  • I think some are cool tho.

    Harley BrightmanHarley BrightmanMánuði síðan
  • turns out James may is correct.

    BUZZBUZZMánuði síðan
  • Of course it makes sense what James May said. It's like vinyl records.

    White NoiseWhite NoiseMánuði síðan
  • I have a blue corgi model of an e type to

    davidlelkingtondavidlelkingtonMánuði síðan
  • Who would hate an etype Jaguar

    davidlelkingtondavidlelkingtonMánuði síðan
  • James is more excited about the future motor industry, because he might be comforted by the quality of the ride has gone better.

    nightsage217nightsage217Mánuði síðan
  • 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!

    marine drivemarine driveMánuði síðan
  • well no but actually yes

    silvio santapaolasilvio santapaolaMánuði síðan
  • A closed road publicity. That car won’t stop and never arrive at its destination. The movie analogy makes no sense

    irisfailsafeirisfailsafeMánuði síðan
  • I think E Type is the best car ever made.

    Hugo TognerHugo TognerMánuði síðan
  • 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

    Evan CEvan C2 mánuðum síðan
  • Bro, just shows you don’t understand these cars sitting on the fender

    Chris RookChris Rook2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Guy MahoneyGuy Mahoney2 mánuðum síðan
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    Ghost TrailersGhost Trailers2 mánuðum síðan
  • I’d love to see James squeeze into a 917 now.

    James DellaNeveJames DellaNeve2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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 🥰 .

    Jimmy LundbergJimmy Lundberg2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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?

    Rod RebmanRod Rebman2 mánuðum síðan
  • Ah yes the Jacuar

    Hugh JazzHugh Jazz2 mánuðum síðan
  • 🤔 yes but do we care? No. 😁👍

    First Name Second NameFirst Name Second Name2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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

    Robert BronsonRobert Bronson2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Allen WrightAllen Wright2 mánuðum síðan
  • Pick this is very most modern cars

    Luis YLLuis YL2 mánuðum síðan
  • that car is hideous from every angle

    Pee CeePee Cee2 mánuðum síðan
  • How's your hand mate?

    Naturecall AkbarNaturecall Akbar2 mánuðum síðan
  • Jags are there junk

    Dan The car guyDan The car guy2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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!

    Dave 24vDave 24v2 mánuðum síðan
  • I like classic cars... and inlike installing new stuff for creature comforts of today. Like wider tires... and a updated suspension

    Neage TsukuyomiNeage Tsukuyomi2 mánuðum síðan
  • Now drive a 1970s Lotus Elan.

    Roger HudsonRoger Hudson2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    415 s30415 s302 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Raphael ZadeyRaphael Zadey2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Riley MundtRiley Mundt2 mánuðum síðan
  • lent becomes ''lended'' - who is this guy ?

    Clive JM EllisClive JM Ellis2 mánuðum síðan
  • All I know is ive been in a DB5 and it was horrible

    RED DRED D2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    David EarnestDavid Earnest2 mánuðum síðan
  • Tomorrow I am buying my first classic car so I am thankful for this video!

    Philip HarrisonPhilip Harrison2 mánuðum síðan
  • Cutting edge technology? You are referring to twin points and a condenser I assume?

    Robert LeesRobert Lees2 mánuðum síðan
  • Rong egsorst . For the three litre lol original one is a v shape 4 pops open egsorst

    Kevin BinnionKevin Binnion2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Rj NationRj Nation3 mánuðum síðan

    Stoic VikingStoic Viking3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    koolaid117koolaid1173 mánuðum síðan
  • When they are running right and under certain circumstances they are wonderful, but incredibly difficult to live with, they are also money pits.

  • Totally totally totally

    wiggles1031wiggles10313 mánuðum síðan
  • i‘ve got a 2012 Elise, so every argument till minute 2:15 fits on an „actual“ car ;)

    Alex KämlingAlex Kämling3 mánuðum síðan
  • It is a thing of beauty .

    specialized500specialized5003 mánuðum síðan
  • Didn't jaguar remade this car with today's tech and today's material but back then styling?

    Michael keatonMichael keaton3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Miles Van RothowMiles Van Rothow3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Phil CopsonPhil Copson3 mánuðum síðan
  • Get off the fooking car boy!

    Charbel JreijiriCharbel Jreijiri3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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?

    nomebearnomebear3 mánuðum síðan
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    Jimi XiaJimi Xia3 mánuðum síðan
  • Classic Cars are like classic watches. Beautiful pieces of engineering that you love to look at but are definitely waaay past their functioning prime.

    Mr. UnknownMr. Unknown3 mánuðum síðan
  • How old does a car needs to be for it to be considered a “classic car”?

    cloud ixcloud ix3 mánuðum síðan
    • 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.

      Quill MaurerQuill Maurer28 dögum síðan
    • Legally, in the US, a car can be designated as a Classic after 25 years from manufacture.

      Riley MundtRiley Mundt2 mánuðum síðan
    • Any car from your youth and older is always how I viewed it. In my case that is late 70's and earlier.

      koolaid117koolaid1173 mánuðum síðan
  • he said, old cars... not classics

    SamuelSamuel3 mánuðum síðan
  • on the A5 recentley when an E type passed my truck,zoooom,loved it.ten minutes later,a VR6 passed me,BOOOOM,nuff said.

    Eddy RileyEddy Riley3 mánuðum síðan
    • 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.

      Ken BrownKen Brown2 mánuðum síðan
  • 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).

    Boden StändigBoden Ständig3 mánuðum síðan
  • "Lended to me"?

    Nolan DavidNolan David3 mánuðum síðan
  • Did you seriously compare modern cars to the absolute shitshow that is the new star wars trilogy?

    BerserkFury89BerserkFury893 mánuðum síðan
  • FFS!! I think a reason not to like classic car fans (snobs?) is how so many are triggered by him sitting on the car.

    JakobusVdLJakobusVdL3 mánuðum síðan
  • The Supermarine Spitfire of the 60's??

    Wade ConnellWade Connell3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    Lorne SpryLorne Spry3 mánuðum síðan
  • He hasn't driven a ferret.

    Martin MoldMartin Mold3 mánuðum síðan
  • Absolutely not. Old cars are, in some ways, are the best cars.

    TheBeast - PuntoMK2TheBeast - PuntoMK23 mánuðum síðan
  • As in all things some like old some only like new. It's your own choice of what you want.

    Clive ReevesClive Reeves3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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. 🙏🙏

    mickyevertonmickyeverton3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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.

    dalton knoxdalton knox3 mánuðum síðan
  • 6:12 of an entire video JUST to call James May "old".

    Sébastien PEPINSTERSébastien PEPINSTER3 mánuðum síðan
  • 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

    Derek GADerek GA3 mánuðum síðan
  • Just peeped your bracelet - you from Kenya, mate? Habari Gani!

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