Back To Where It Began
Back To Where It Began
It all started in Kent for this Series 1 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe, having left Henlys London in 1965 and delivered to the first registered keeper in Beckenham, June the same year. The E-Type spent the next 40+ years on the beautiful Kentish roads in the garden of England, until 2007 where the Series 1 was shipped to its third owner in Koerich, Luxembourg. Skip forward nine years and this truly British car has returned home to Kent and begins its restoration story with E-Type UK.
And so it begins
Once delivered to our Kent based facility, the team began their inspection of the vehicle establishing the work required. While the vehicle arrived as a driving MOT car, the metal work told a different story, proving you can't judge a book by its cover. A closer look revealed that rot had spread throughout the Series 1 meaning the car required the full works. With the client on board for a full nut and bolt restoration, the team begins fully stripping the car until just the E-Type shell remains, prepping the E-Type ready to be sandblasted.
Returning from being sandblasted the metalwork team can see exactly what they have got in store and its a lot. Long-term exposure to the wet British climate is not particularly kind to any car and this Classic Jag has definitely had a difficult run, returning showing extensive rust and heavy pitting throughout the shell. Once reviewed it was only a handful of elements that could be salvaged such as the roof, front and rear bulkheads, gearbox tunnel, both doors and seat posts including the tailgate panel, whereas everything else would require either fabricating or brand new panels.
Starting a new
Following the bodywork condition discovery, the team got to work removing the unsalvageable panels, which included the front floor plan, boot floor, rear arches and much more. Following hours of fabrication restoring the shell to a reliable and sound state, the e-type is subjected to pre-paint preparation, at which time the E-type is gift perfect bodyline and gaps, all of which the industry has come to expect from these 1960 legends.
With the shell finally beginning to resemble a car, the shell and panels undergo several rounds of primer, hardening and rub down, a vital phase of the restoration as this process ensure the ideal surface for the paint to be applied to. During this time the E-type also is trial fitted with exterior brightwork, this process gives the team the opportunity to fabricate and adjust the chrome before paintwork, so that post paint we are assured all parts will fit faultlessly as well as causing no damage to the new exterior paint.
Once complete, the shell is cleaned, prepared and given a mouth-watering coat of original Jaguar Signal Red! A further 4 coats of solid colour is sprayed across the shell for maximum coverage, before several rounds of clear coat to lock that fantastic colour in! Once complete the shell and panels are subjected to over 60 hours of polish to really give the new finish depth and shine.
With paintwork complete, the E-type hits a milestone of moving from bodyshop to workshop for its component rebuild.
Building the specification
Since the shell and all panels (bonnet, doors and tailgate) have been treated to a fresh coat of Signal Red, the E-type has flown along in its rebuild process following the client's personalised specification. While looking to create a 'classic' finished example, consideration has been given to introducing some subtle upgrades to ensure the E-type runs smoothly, safely and reliably, these upgrades include:
- Adjustable front suspension
- High torque starter
- Sports coil
- Electronic ignition
- Silicone cooling hoses
- Stainless steel exhaust system with period cast manifolds
Now fitted with its original fully rebuilt 4.2L engine, 4-speed synchro manual gearbox and necessary running components and aforementioned upgrades, the team are ready to wake up the beating heart of this classic within the chassis for the first time since starting its restoration. With several turns of the key to prime the engine and new auxilliary running parts, the engine roars to life! Following a successfully run the team continue to build up the engine bay, edging closer for this classic to put rubber to the tarmac.