Jaguar is restoring ten classic E-Types, the first of which will debut in April.
Jaguar is turning to the past for its next project, a program called the Jaguar Classic E-Type Reborn initiative. The project is very much what it sounds like; an effort to restore classic Jaguars for new buyers. An initial batch of ten restored vehicles will be produced, the first of which is going to debut at the 2017 Techno-Classica show in April. The initiative follows a previous project by Land Rover to restore old Series 1 cars. Land Rovers efforts premiered at the same show in 2016.
This is the first restoration project undertaken by Jaguar’s vintage division, Jaguar Classic. They have previously created historical cars, such as the XKSS race car, and E-Type lightweights, but they have all technically been new creations, modeled on the cars from the past. This time, the E-Type Reborn cars however, are originals, restored to “concours-winning standard” by the Jaguar Classic team in-house.
The first E-Type to be restored is a Series 1 4.2-liter Fixed Head Coupe in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey. Originally exported to California, where it racked up 125 000 km before being put in storage in the 1980s. The body shell, engine and gearbox are originals, and have been restored to brand new condition, while other “safety critical” components have been replaced. The restoration has focused on authenticity, going so far as to use the same spot-welding techniques used in the original manufacturing of the car.
All of the restored E-Types in this first batch are Series 1 cars produced between 1961 and 1968, and have been rebuilt to the original 1960s specifications. This all comes at a price of course. The restored Jaguars are priced “dependent on specification”, and you can choose to have your E-type fitted with custom modern components from later models (such as improved cooling from the E-type light weight). At the very least though, considering the restoration work involved, you’ll have to cough up at least £285,000 (SGD 496,000) if you want to drive one.