Jaguar Classic unveils E-Type Reborn restoration programme

Jaguar Classic unveils E-Type Reborn restoration programme

JAGUAR Classic will soon begin offering customers the chance to buy comprehensively restored original E-Types.

E-Type Reborn is a complete service from Jaguar Classic, which starts with a base vehicle sourced by Jaguar’s E-Type experts. The car is then completely restored according to the company’s original 1960s factory specification.

Unique access to build records and original drawings held by the Jaguar Heritage Trust, and the team’s decades of experience in restoration up to concours-winning standard, ensure absolute authenticity. Jaguar Classic Parts are used throughout to maximise the vehicle’s quality, longevity and collectability.

The scheme follows sister brand Land Rover’s similar restoration projects for Series I and Range Rover models, with vehicles constructed at the purpose-built Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in Coventry.

The very first E-Type Reborn, a 1965 Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe 4.2, will make its world debut at Techno Classica Essen show in Germany between April 5 and 9, and will be displayed alongside its Land Rover siblings. This car was originally exported to California in May 1965 and recorded 78,000 miles before being stored in 1983. The Opalescent Gunmetal Grey model retains its original matching-number bodyshell, engine and gearbox, all of which have been completely rebuilt by Jaguar Classic technicians.

Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: ‘The launch of E-Type Reborn is a hugely exciting development for Jaguar Classic. The E-Type is the most iconic sports car of all time, so we are delighted to be able to give new life to expertly selected examples for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy.

‘The resources and information available to Jaguar Classic’s expert technicians are unrivalled, which results in the most authentic E-Type restorations possible.’

As much of the original vehicle as possible is retained or refurbished to correct specifications, while any safety-critical parts are replaced with new items from Jaguar Classic Parts. Body panels from Jaguar Classic’s reverse-engineered panel programme are fitted where necessary, to remove corrosion and restore the E-Type’s iconic looks with the best fit possible. The E-Type Reborn team even recreates the correct type of spot-welding when refitting the panels.

A number of sympathetic upgrades from later E-Types can be incorporated into the restoration process at extra cost, subject to the customer’s wishes, including improved cooling, all-synchromesh gearbox, or Series 2 front brake calipers.

Prices for E-Type Reborn restorations from Jaguar Classic start at £285,000, depending on specification.

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