Jaguar sets out to restore 10 classic E-Types

Jaguar sets out to restore 10 classic E-Types

Jaguar sets out to restore 10 classic E-Types

Should you like to check out Jaguar Classic's handiwork for yourself before dropping new Ferrari money on a 1960s-era sports auto, you can check out the first example of the reborn E-Type program-the Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe 4.2 clad in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey paint seen above-at the Techno-Classica Essen show in Germany from April 5th-9th. The rest of the series will be made up of restored donor cars sourced by E-Type experts.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: "The launch of E-type Reborn is a hugely exciting development for Jaguar Classic".

Only 10 E-Type cars will be produced as part of the Reborn program, each carrying a base price of £285,000 (~$357,000 USD) or higher. The Series 1 E-Type, built between 1961 and 1968, is the most desirable and collectable of all series production Jaguars and if a well restored example comes up for auction, expect a hammer price of between $350,000 and $450,000. The bodyshell, engine and gearbox are completely original and have been rebuilt, while other "safety critical" parts have been replaced. "The E-type is the most iconic sports auto of all time, so we are delighted to be able to give new life to expertly selected examples for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy". The E-type Reborn team's meticulous attention to detail even extends to recreating the correct type of spot-welding when refitting those panels. Originally sold new to California in 1965, it covered a total of 75,000 miles in the United States, before being placed into storage in 1983. The result: a Jaguar E-Type that's better than new.

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Jaguar says that a range of "sympathetic upgrades" from later E-Type models can be included in the restoration process, if the customer wishes to, including better cooling, an all-synchromesh gearbox or Series 2 front brake calipers. The vehicle has been totally rebuilt by Jaguar Land Rover Classic's technicians, and has matching numbers.

This is the first restoration project undertaken by Jaguar Classic.

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