Was James May right about classic cars being rubbish?


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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  • rob the elder
    rob the elder12 dager siden

    There you go. Wheel on the wrong side

  • Covert Garage

    Covert Garage

    10 dager siden

    Right! So you're welcome to my video blog about cars.

  • Lee Price
    Lee Price13 dager siden

    Yeeeesssss... Also Noooooooo... Depends on the Car Truck SUV Depends on how you will use it Depends on Budget

  • Richard Fellows
    Richard Fellows17 dager siden

    Once you've driven an Aston converted to electric, any classic petrol car is a tired old dinosaur.

    CHIPMUNK RAPIDS MADMAN19 dager siden

    Personally, the older I get, the less I want a new car because they are heavy, artificial snorefest.

  • Tom Mroz
    Tom Mroz19 dager siden

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

  • Quill Maurer
    Quill Maurer22 dager siden

    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 322 dager siden

    I am well pleased to see that even in other videos he gets flak for sitting on the bonnet.

  • leonard rust
    leonard rust24 dager siden

    I learnt from a very early age that the seats of a car are on the inside NOT THE OUTSIDE 🤬

    FRANZ DOREZA26 dager siden

    Lended? Lent to you.. and yes don’t sit in the old Jaaaaag..😔

  • kingofl337
    kingofl33726 dager siden

    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 Reunis26 dager siden

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

  • Gareth Evans
    Gareth Evans27 dager siden

    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 BlaylockMåned siden

    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 smithMåned siden

    If he sat on a modern car and it would probably buckle.sit in it not on it.

  • glockenrein
    glockenreinMåned siden

    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 FecteauMåned siden

    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
    frogsMåned siden

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

  • Luiz Schmidt
    Luiz SchmidtMåned siden

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

  • Electric Norwegian
    Electric NorwegianMåned siden

    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 PugMåned siden

    James may is a boomer who doesn't do boomer thing anymore

  • Ian Visser
    Ian VisserMåned siden

    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 VisserMåned siden

    Nice Jacuar...

  • BOO duh
    BOO duhMåned siden

    I always found his comparison to buying an old TV, to be accurate and comical

  • Nordic Wolf
    Nordic WolfMåned siden

    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 MMåned siden

    Now classic car prices will drop, thanks James.

  • catarina jerez

    catarina jerez

    Måned siden

    great now i can buy my dream car for less

  • chris xaf12
    chris xaf12Måned siden

    Modern cars are disposable junk

  • blue too
    blue tooMåned siden

    Totally agree

  • Marc
    MarcMåned siden

    Why would u sit in an e type that’s like punching the queen mother

  • Harley Brightman
    Harley BrightmanMåned siden

    I think some are cool tho.

  • BUZZ
    BUZZMåned siden

    turns out James may is correct.

  • White Noise
    White NoiseMåned siden

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

  • davidlelkington
    davidlelkingtonMåned siden

    I have a blue corgi model of an e type to

  • davidlelkington
    davidlelkingtonMåned siden

    Who would hate an etype Jaguar

  • nightsage217
    nightsage217Måned siden

    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 driveMåned siden

    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 santapaolaMåned siden

    well no but actually yes

  • irisfailsafe
    irisfailsafeMåned siden

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

  • Hugo Togner
    Hugo TognerMåned siden

    I think E Type is the best car ever made.

  • Evan C
    Evan CMåned siden

    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 RookMåned siden

    Bro, just shows you don’t understand these cars sitting on the fender

  • Guy Mahoney
    Guy Mahoney2 måneder siden

    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 Trailers2 måneder siden


  • James DellaNeve
    James DellaNeve2 måneder siden

    I’d love to see James squeeze into a 917 now.

  • Jimmy Lundberg
    Jimmy Lundberg2 måneder siden

    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 Rebman2 måneder siden

    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 Jazz2 måneder siden

    Ah yes the Jacuar

  • First Name Second Name
    First Name Second Name2 måneder siden

    🤔 yes but do we care? No. 😁👍

  • Robert Bronson
    Robert Bronson2 måneder siden

    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 Wright2 måneder siden

    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 YL2 måneder siden

    Pick this is very most modern cars

  • Pee Cee
    Pee Cee2 måneder siden

    that car is hideous from every angle

  • Naturecall Akbar
    Naturecall Akbar2 måneder siden

    How's your hand mate?

  • Dan The car guy
    Dan The car guy2 måneder siden

    Jags are there junk

  • Dave 24v
    Dave 24v2 måneder siden

    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 Tsukuyomi2 måneder siden

    I like classic cars... and inlike installing new stuff for creature comforts of today. Like wider tires... and a updated suspension

  • Roger Hudson
    Roger Hudson2 måneder siden

    Now drive a 1970s Lotus Elan.

  • 415 s30
    415 s302 måneder siden

    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 Zadey2 måneder siden

    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 Mundt2 måneder siden

    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 Ellis2 måneder siden

    lent becomes ''lended'' - who is this guy ?

  • RED D
    RED D2 måneder siden

    All I know is ive been in a DB5 and it was horrible

  • David Earnest
    David Earnest2 måneder siden

    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 Harrison2 måneder siden

    Tomorrow I am buying my first classic car so I am thankful for this video!

  • Robert Lees
    Robert Lees2 måneder siden

    Cutting edge technology? You are referring to twin points and a condenser I assume?

  • Kevin Binnion
    Kevin Binnion2 måneder siden

    Rong egsorst . For the three litre lol original one is a v shape 4 pops open egsorst

  • Rj Nation
    Rj Nation2 måneder siden

    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 Viking2 måneder siden


  • koolaid117
    koolaid1172 måneder siden

    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 HUGHES2 måneder siden

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

  • wiggles1031
    wiggles10312 måneder siden

    Totally totally totally

  • Alex Kämling
    Alex Kämling2 måneder siden

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

  • specialized500
    specialized5002 måneder siden

    It is a thing of beauty .

  • Michael keaton
    Michael keaton2 måneder siden

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

  • Miles Van Rothow
    Miles Van Rothow2 måneder siden

    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 Copson2 måneder siden

    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 Jreijiri2 måneder siden

    Get off the fooking car boy!

  • nomebear
    nomebear2 måneder siden

    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?

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    Jimi Xia2 måneder siden

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  • Mr. Unknown
    Mr. Unknown2 måneder siden

    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 ix2 måneder siden

    How old does a car needs to be for it to be considered a “classic car”?

  • Quill Maurer

    Quill Maurer

    22 dager siden

    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

    2 måneder siden

    Legally, in the US, a car can be designated as a Classic after 25 years from manufacture.

  • koolaid117


    2 måneder siden

    Any car from your youth and older is always how I viewed it. In my case that is late 70's and earlier.

  • Samuel
    Samuel2 måneder siden

    he said, old cars... not classics

  • Eddy Riley
    Eddy Riley2 måneder siden

    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

    2 måneder siden

    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 Ständig2 måneder siden

    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 David2 måneder siden

    "Lended to me"?

  • BerserkFury89
    BerserkFury892 måneder siden

    Did you seriously compare modern cars to the absolute shitshow that is the new star wars trilogy?

  • JakobusVdL
    JakobusVdL2 måneder siden

    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 Connell2 måneder siden

    The Supermarine Spitfire of the 60's??

  • Lorne Spry
    Lorne Spry2 måneder siden

    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 Mold2 måneder siden

    He hasn't driven a ferret.

  • TheBeast - PuntoMK2
    TheBeast - PuntoMK22 måneder siden

    Absolutely not. Old cars are, in some ways, are the best cars.

  • Clive Reeves
    Clive Reeves2 måneder siden

    As in all things some like old some only like new. It's your own choice of what you want.

  • mickyeverton
    mickyeverton2 måneder siden

    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 knox2 måneder siden

    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
    Sébastien PEPINSTER3 måneder siden

    6:12 of an entire video JUST to call James May "old".

  • Derek GA
    Derek GA3 måneder siden

    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 Promotions3 måneder siden

    Just peeped your bracelet - you from Kenya, mate? Habari Gani!

  • Allen Montrasio
    Allen Montrasio3 måneder siden

    Some times it's nice to operate a machine that requires skill to use. Not every day, of course.

  • Robert Speirs
    Robert Speirs3 måneder siden

    get off the bonnet ya dipstick

  • olsmokey
    olsmokey3 måneder siden

    I hope his jeans don't have rivets on the back pockets. Fully restored in 2018 in "heritage correct opalescent grey"... then he sits on it! I'm sure E-Type UK will be pleased with that little effort.

  • terrytwo


    2 måneder siden

    They also took it to McDonalds and the camera girl scuffed the door sill getting back in

  • Arienne Landry
    Arienne Landry3 måneder siden

    Maybe the crunching of the gears is your lack of skill in shifting!