A Classic Combination

A Classic Combination

Commissioned by a customer to complete a full restoration on a Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-Type which included sourcing the vehicle. Having found a suitable E-type the snowy Norwiegn mountains, the car began making its way down to arrive at our Kent based HQ, however, the excitement came later when it came to light that this 1964 Series 1 fixed head coupe LHD left the factory in Pearl Grey with a Dark Blue interior. The heritage correct finish is an uncommon and rare combination to see these days, offering a breath of fresh air from the Gunmetal Greys and Red interior finished cars that seem to be the 2018 favourite. When restored this car will be a stunning matching numbers Series 1 fixed head coupe finished in a head-turning original Jaguar combo.

Once the customer had decided to return this classic back to its factory finish combination, pleasing everyone here at the E-Type UK, the restoration team set out inspecting the vehicles metalwork to asses the require work to be undertaken. It became clear that the E-type's shell had numerous rusted area signifying the car needed to be sandblasted to provide a clean and fresh base to work from.

 

Ready for metalwork

After being shipped off to be blasted the E-type returns back to the workshop finished in primer preventing any further rust. However, the suspicions of extensive metalwork were confirmed, as it appears the team have their work cut out for them. Once inspecting the existing metalwork the jobs list is tallied up and required work features new floors, all new sills, rear chassis, gearbox tunnel, bulkhead repairs, inner and outer rear wings and the list goes on. The E-type is moved into the metalwork area ready to undergo its transformation. Another item of the long job list is the repair of the supplied bonnet. Arriving as separate panels the team get to work mock assembling the bonnet. With a straight forward assembly, it becomes clear the bonnet requires minimal adjustments.

Be sure to watch this space for an update for how the metalwork is coming along.