The best thing about classic restorations is that while they are basically the same original classic cars built decades ago with the same design and specs, they are essentially new and in fresh condition. In short, these restored classic cars are reborn.
Now, Jaguar Land Rover is building on the successes of the Land Rover Classic’s Reborn programs for Series I and Range Rover with its new restoration project. This time, it has something to do with Jaguar’s classic cars, specifically the Jaguar Series 1 E-Type. Jaguar Classic is introducing its First Reborn program, with the first factory-restored E-Type Reborn -- a 1965 Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe 4.2 – set to be unveiled to the global stage at the Techno Classica Essen show in Germany on April 5 to 9, 2017.
This First E-Type Reborn was a Series 1 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe – wrapped in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey – acquired by its original owner in California in May 1965. Before it was placed into storage in 1983, this Series 1 E-Type managed to record around 78,000 miles on its odometer. Now that this particular E-Type has found its way back to Jaguar, it has undergone a complete restoration.
During the restoration work, Jaguar Classic retained as much of the original vehicle’s components. Some of them were also refurbished to the exact specs as the original E-Type. While Jaguar Classic completely rebuilt the car’s bodyshell, engine and gearbox, these components retained their original matching numbers. Jaguar Classic only fitted new panels where they were needed to remove corrosion. Interestingly, these panels were a product of Jaguar Classic’s reverse-engineered panel program, thereby ensuring that the E-Type is restored to its original looks with the best possible fit. Of course, parts and components that were critical for safety were replaced with new ones from Jaguar Classic Parts.
Initially, Jaguar Classic will be offering 10 E-Type Reborn units. Each E-Type Reborn – just like the First Jaguar E-Type Reborn – will be based on an E-Type car sourced by the carmaker’s E-type experts. Each of them will be restored according to their original factory specs. Thanks to build records and original drawings held at Jaguar Heritage Trust, as well as to Jaguar Classic’s restoration expertise and experience, these E-Type Reborn cars were given a renaissance – more than 50 years since they first appeared in the automotive world.
Jaguar launched the E-type at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961. It attracted a lot of attention thanks to its jet aircraft-inspired lines and its ability to achieve a top speed of 150 mph. The Jaguar E-Type is considered as the most iconic sports car of its generation. Among the famous owners were Steve McQueen, Sir Jackie Stewart, and Frank Sinatra.