Gifting Performance and Reliability

Gifting Performance and Reliability

Evolving from earlier 3.8 and 4.2 models, the Series 3 was something totally different. Fitted with Jaguar’s legendary 5.3L V12 that did much more than restore the performance and design of the slowly aging British sports car. Part of the Series 3 production, the E-type saw the end of the ‘Fixed-Head Coupe’ and the introduction of the 2+2 E-type, opening up the E-type’s appeal to the US growing grand tourer market.

Arriving at E-Type UK as a somewhat tatty example, the owner of this Series 3 2+2 decided to treat the E-type to a complete overhaul, seeing the true potential of these British 70’s icons, the V12 was to be gifted with countless desirable performance and reliability upgrades along the way.

Establishing the project

Since the example arrived at the workshop under its own steam, unlike most of the pusher restoration examples passing through the doors, this Series 3 offered reassurance of a solid base to establish the project from. Following a closer inspection by our experienced bodywork technicians, this assumption was reinforced, therefore the decision was made to simply exterior strip the example back to bare metal.

With media blasting not required for this particular project, the Series 3 2+2 headed straight into the Bodyshop after having all necessary interior/exterior components removed, leaving a running shell. The team began the lengthy process of removing the existing Old English White and other underlining material from the shell, finally exposing the metalwork.

Much to the surprise of the bodywork team, the Series 3 revealed few areas of corrosion in comparison to other on-going projects, therefore requiring replacement of rotting rear arches, radius arms mounts, and outer sills. With these areas now addressed and put right, the shell completes its first milestone, ready to begin the next stage – Filler.

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