American Rarity

American Rarity

One of the remaining few E-types in the world that can claim to be truly original and low mileage, originally finished in British Racing Green over Suede Green trim. This original California Black Plate Roadster boasts limited mileage, with only 2 previous owners and all original metalwork and panels!

Brought to E-Type UK by the third recorded owner, arriving as a complete and running example, the restoration gets underway with the goal set on creating the ultimate classic driving roadster!

The Basics

Purchased from California in circa 2020, the new owner and life-long Jaguar E-type enthusiast delivered the E-type to E-Type UK in 2021 to be fully restored. Having owned a number of Jaguar E-types, the owner of this roadster has a clear vision of what makes a truly perfect driving E-type. Pulling together an exciting specification, the team begin to strip the chassis ready for media blasting.

A RESTORER DREAM

Once stripped and blasted, the E-type is returned to E-Type UK as a bare metal shell. Wheeled into the bodyshop to be inspected by our specialist E-type technicans, it quickly came to light the fantastic condition of the original Californian roadster. As a result of low mileage and residing in a dry state, the E-type metalwork remained completely rust-free, almost unheard of in the classic car restoration industry.

Safety Adjustments

Only requiring minimal panel corrections across the shell, the E-type began some desirable adjustments as per the owner's request. Driven to produce an unrivalled driving E-type roadster, it was decided to retrofit closed headlamps with chrome surrounds. Since the owner intends to use the E-type as his classic road rally/touring car, the bodywork adjustment enhances the safety aspect of the E-type, reducing the possibility of cracked/damaged headlamps, while also paying homage to predecessor models.

Paint preparation

With metalwork complete, the E-type enters paint preparation, gifting the E-type with flawless body lines and millimetre-perfect gaps. Attention will be given to every inch of the E-type, following which the E-type will be primed and left to harden, a process to build the ideal surface for paintwork.

 A Fresh new Look

With all paint preparation complete the E-type shell and panels are ready to be finished in the client's desired colour - British Racing Green. The shell is treated to a minimum of 4 coats of solid colour for maximum coverage, before several rounds of high-quality clear coat to lock in that fantastic colour in! Across the entire shell (inside, out, and underneath), a total of approximately 13 litres of solid colour is applied. Once complete the shell and panels will be subjected to over 80 hours of machine polishing to really give the new finish depth and shine.

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