Tired E-Type Jaguars get claws re-sharpened

  • First Reborn initiative for Jaguar Classic rebuilds
  • Initial batch of 10 fully restored Series 1 at Essen
  • First E-type Reborn is a 1965 Series 1 4.2 coupe
    ISN’T SHE LOVELY! The April 2017 Essen Techno-Classic show will see the start of sales of ‘Reborn’ Jaguar E-Types – cars totally restored by expert craftsmen using original parts.. Image: Jaguar / Newspress

    JAGUAR CLASSIC will debut its first ‘Reborn’ Jaguar E-Type at a Techno-Classica show in Essen, Germany, from April 5-9 when the first batch of 10 expertly sourced and comprehensively restored E-Type on sale direct from the UK’s new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works.

    ‘E-Type Reborn’ is a complete service from Jaguar Classic which offers original and highly collectible E-Type units from the vehicle’s original manufacturer.

    “The launch of E-Type Reborn is a first for Jaguar,” the now Indian-owned company said. “It extends the successful initiative introduced for Land Rover’s Series I and Range Rover Classic models.”

    Examples of those will also be on show at Essen.

    GOOD AS NEW: Leather upholstery, restored facia and genuine wood-rimmed steering-wheel.  Image: Jaguar / Newspress

    Every E-Type Reborn, Jaguar explained,  starts with a base vehicle sourced by Jaguar’s E-Type experts which is then stripped and completely restored according to the company’s original 1960’s factory specification.

    “Unique access to build records and original drawings held by the Jaguar Heritage Trust and the team’s decades of experience in restoration up to concours standard,” the revered automaker told The Corner, “ensure absolute authenticity. Jaguar Classic Parts are used throughout to maximise the vehicle’s quality, longevity and collectability.

    “The launch of E-type Reborn is a hugely exciting development for us.”

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    The E-Type is generally accepted as the most iconic sports car of all time and its rebuilders say they are delighted to be able to give new life to expertly selected units “for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy”.

    Tim Hannig, director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The resources and information available to Jaguar Classic’s experts are unrivalled. The result in the most authentic E-Type restoration possible.”


    The first vehicle to go through the process (pictured) has become an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey Series 1 4.2 coupe originally exported to California in May 1965 which car recorded 125 000km before being stored in 1983.

    It retains its original matching numbers, shell, engine and gearbox, all of which have been completely rebuilt by Jaguar Classic technicians.

    ORIGINAL PANELS FITTEDJaguar still has the original plans, blueprints and parts for the early E-Types.  Image: Jaguar / Newspress

    As much of the original vehicles as possible is retained or refurbished to correct specifications though any safety-critical parts are replaced with new from Jaguar Classic Parts. Body panels from Jaguar Classic’s reverse-engineered panel programme are fitted where necessary to remove corrosion and restore the E-Type’s iconic looks with the best fit possible.

    “The E-type Reborn team’s meticulous attention to detail,” Jaguar says, “extends even to recreating the correct type of spot-welding when refitting.”


    A number of “sympathetic” upgrades from later E-Types can be used at extra cost, among them improved cooling, synchromesh gearbox and Series 2 front brake callipers.

    Prices for E-Type Reborn restorations depend on specification but start at £285 000 – abut R4.70-million (April 2017).

    Jaguar E-Type Reborn specification
    Originally produced: 1961-1968 (Series 1)
    Engine: 188kW, 3781 or 4235cc, in-line six-cylinder petrol
    Transmission: Four-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
    Brakes: Servo-assisted discs front and rear
    Top speed: 240km/h
    0-100km/h: 7.3sec

    The Jaguar E-type, Jaguar says, was launched at the 1961 Geneva auto show and was an instant hit. Its sensational jet aircraft-inspired lines and 240km/h performance set a benchmark for high-performance motoring in the 1960’s.

    It became the most iconic sports car of its generation.


    “Such was the E-Type’s popularity,” the restorers told The Corner, that it attracted star owners such as Steve McQueen, George Best, Sir Jackie Stewart, Brigitte Bardot and Frank Sinatra. Racing examples were successfully campaigned by drivers such as Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart and Roy Salvadori.

    “Today, nearly 60 years since its debut, the E-Type is still a sensational road car and race winner and Jaguar Classic is the world’s No.1 source of authentic E-Type parts and experiences.”

    An  offer for enthusiasts at  Essen will be a display of Jaguar’s range of Jaguar Bonnet Art – E-Type bonnets for wall-mounting. Solid colours, racing roundels, racing stripes and one-off designs can be commissioned.

    Prices for a bonnet will start at £8000 (about R132 000).

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