The California Classic

Discovered in the Golden State, this 1967 E-type roadster offered an unmissable opportunity and endless possibilities for a full nut and bolt restoration! Adding to its appeal, the E-type is also an original California classic, a genuine "Black Plate" example. A desirable quality for most, “Black Plate” examples are cars licensed in California between 1963 and 1969 fitting with black license plates and yellow text, an example such as this adds a very nice touch of history and provenance to car.

An example known to the company for a while, the roadster was sourced when a client approached the business desiring to build their dream E-type. Sold by all the possibilities the blank canvas offered, the E-type was purchased and immediately entered a full nut and bolt restoration with E-Type UK, industry-leading specialists.

Arriving at our Kent based facilities finished in White and with what was left of Red interior, this desirable matching numbers example, boasted all the key components for restoration, however, was a non-runner. Pushed into the workshop, our restoration technicians began their assessment. Inspecting every inch of the car, from bodywork, brightwork, interior, mechanicals and components, the team work on a clear understanding of the tasks ahead.

The real story

With over 10 years of experience in restoring Jaguar E-types, the E-Type UK team are able to spot the common signs of troublesome bodywork, however, without removing all current material there is no guarantee of a safe and strong shell, therefore, the E-type is subjected to a full chassis strip down and media blast.

Once blasted the E-type’s bare metal is protected with rust preventive epoxy and returned to the workshop. With the over 55-year-old bodywork material removed, the team are exposed to the real story of the car. The now bare metal roadster reveals a high level of corrosion and deterioration across the shell, with the worse areas being sills, footwells, gearbox tunnels and rear scuttle. This reveal steers the team with a panel and parts list, with this ammunition the metalwork team make a start.

Out with the old, in with the new

 Following the project plan the team begin removing the corroded areas, these include the entire front floor plan, gearbox tunnel, kickboard panels and inner & outer sills, leaving just the front, rear bulkhead and tailgate. Due to the number of parts removed from the shell, the E-type is placed onto a custom-built Series 1 alignment jig, this jig alongside some additional braces, allows the team to ensure the E-type shell doesn't move out of alignment and holds that classic shape we've all come to love.

Making quick work out of the panel removal, the metalwork team begin the fabrication and fitting of the replacement sections. Applying the measure twice, cut once rule thoroughly, every centimetre is doubled checked during this process to ensure we achieve the highest level of finish. As some of the larger sections of the shell were salvageable, our specialist team focus on seamlessly blending the new panels with the existing shell. Once the shell is reassembled paint preparation begins!

Not to be rushed

Paint preparation and paintwork is a long process that takes a lot of project time. All our E-type restoration undergo a lengthy preparation process consisting of filler to return bodyline and primer hardening to create the ideal paint surface. Traditionally this process takes a minimum of 400 hours to ensure each classic is concour ready. Following completing this process this Roadster was finished in a mouth-watering Opalescent Silver Blue! Once dry the paint is then flat and polished to create depth and sparkle, resulting in an exceptionally blank canvas ready for the customer bespoke specification to be applied.

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