Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC) is set on restoring a 1961 Jaguar E-Type 'Flat Floor' Roadster that has been cooped up in a garage for over three decades. This car is the 60th unit to roll out of the assembly line. It is also one of the oldest 3.8-litre right hand drive E-Type roadsters, which are still untouched with a mileage of just 65,000 miles.
The early E-Types were dubbed ‘flat floor’ because of the lack of a dropped floor area that widened the leg room and was placed in the later models. At the Bonhams’ RAF Museum sale on April 29, it was predicted to sell from £20 to 30,000 but it sold for £110,000, which is over three times its pre-sale estimate.
According to NickGoldthorp, Managing Director of CMC, Chassis No. 60 will be given a full nut and bolt CMC restoration. This means that every detail of the car will be restored to its original specification and it will be exactly as it was when it first came out of the plant. He also said that what makes the E-Type stand out is that it still has all the original parts albeit they’re very corroded and rusty.
CMC is renowned for its restoration of several of the most extraordinary E-Types, such as Lofty England’s Chassis No. 4, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight and 1VHP, the first RHD Coupe that rolled out of the production line.