Restoring Celebrity Status

Restoring Celebrity Status

Due to an unfortunate accident, this 70’s classic was battered and bruised after a summer fender bender. The Series 3 arrived at E-Type UK’s Kent-based facility for bodywork crash repair and respray to the existing Jaguar finish, Willow Green.


Currently residing in Middlesex, Southeast England, this Series 3 V12 comes with an interesting celebrity status, having been bought new by former famous Liverpool and England legend, Kevin Keegan OBE. Keegan was a known Jaguar E-Type fanatic, recorded to have owned countless E-Type models including this 1972 Series 3 V12 Roadster finished in factory original Willow Green with Biscuit leather interior.

RESTORING EXCELLENCE

Once the Series 3 arrived at E-Type UK our restoration technicians ran a full inspection to assess the damage of the incident. Much to the owners delight the inspection highlighted that the damage was mostly superficial, and the E-Type’s chassis remained intact.


The E-type was handed to the metal work team who stripped down the exterior of the car, removing all chrome and brightwork which includes removing the bonnet. Once only the shell and interior were left, the car was taped up and the team began stripping the paint back to bare metal.

THE RIGHT TOOL FOR THE JOB

Now taken back to bare metal the Series 3 is ready to undertake this crash repair process. With all external paint removed the metal work team can view the extent of the damage in its entirety. The next step is to use the dozer tool, metal tags were welded to the existing panels to allow the Dozer to straighten the majority of the crash damage. Further fine alteration are made using heat and planishing tools to carry out the final repairs. The new door is trial fitted followed by the removal and replacement of the nearside sill. Finally, the doors are adjusted to ensure the classic perfect gaps and lines are restored.

During the initial inspection it came to light the Series 3 V12 had been subjected to previous poor crash repairs to the offside sill and top scuttle which the team continued to rectify.