Classic car experts create E-Type restoration manual

Classic car experts create E-Type restoration manual

CLASSIC Motor Cars of Bridgnorth has used its experience with a 1961 Jaguar E-Type as the foundation for creating the ultimate restoration manual for the model.

Its mechanics and technicians recorded the process of restoring Chassis No 60 in great detail, with each one writing their own chapters in the 224-page manual, which included 700 different photographs.

Chassis No 60 was, as the number suggests, the 60th E-Type to be built by Jaguar. Made in 1961, it features the original flat floor design, which can only be found on the earliest examples. It’s powered by the classic 3.8-litre straight-six and is also one of the first right-hand-drive roadsters.

E-Type Jaguar restoration manualThis particular E-Type belongs to Chris Anderson, pictured above, who bought it at an auction in 2013 and hired CMC to restore it to original factory condition.

The process took 3,500 hours but was certainly worth it, as the car has since won a selection of awards, most notably Best of Show at the 2015 RAC Midsummer Drive-In.

David Barzilay, chairman of CMC and editor of the manual, said: ‘CMC wanted to provide the ultimate E-Type restoration manual and they decided that the best way to do it was to allow individual specialists to write their own chapters.

‘We are delighted to have presented the manual at the first-ever City Concours at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters in the heart of the City of London, where Chassis No 60 was on display for two days alongside more than 80 exceptional historic and modern cars.’

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