Jaguar Classic Reborn program is launched with unveiling of 1965 E-Type Coupe at Techno Classica show

Article by Christian A., on April 1, 2017

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.

Press Release

JAGUAR CLASSIC TO LAUNCH E-TYPE REBORN AT TECHNO-CLASSICA ESSEN SHOW

First Reborn initiative for Jaguar Classic builds on successful Land Rover Classic programmes for Series I and Range Rover
Jaguar Classic is offering an initial batch of 10 comprehensively restored Series 1 E-types for sale direct from its purpose-built facility in Coventry
First E-type Reborn, a 1965 Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe 4.2, will make its world debut at Techno Classica Essen show in Germany on 5-9 April
Launch of exclusive Jaguar Bonnet Art extends E-type’s appeal to interior decoration
(Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 31 March 2017) Jaguar Classic will debut its first ‘Reborn’ Jaguar E-type at the Techno-Classica Essen show in April. An initial batch of 10 expertly sourced and comprehensively restored examples of the iconic E-type are now offered for sale direct from the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.

E-type Reborn is a complete service from Jaguar Classic, which offers prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectible E-type direct from the vehicle’s original manufacturer. The launch of E-type Reborn is a first for Jaguar and extends the successful initiative previously introduced for Land Rover’s Series I and Range Rover Classic models, which will also be on show at Essen.

Every E-type Reborn, which starts with a base vehicle sourced by Jaguar’s E-type experts, is completely restored according to the company’s original 1960s 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-winning standard, ensure absolute authenticity. Jaguar Classic Parts are used throughout, to maximise the vehicle’s quality, longevity and collectability.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The launch of E-type Reborn is a hugely exciting development for Jaguar Classic. The E-type is the most iconic sports car 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 resources and information available to Jaguar Classic’s expert technicians are unrivalled, which results in the most authentic E-type restorations possible.”

The first vehicle to go through the complete E-type Reborn process is an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey Series 1 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe. Originally exported to California in May 1965, the car recorded 78,000 miles before being stored in 1983. It retains its original matching numbers bodyshell, engine and gearbox, all of which have been completely rebuilt by Jaguar Classic technicians.

As much of the original vehicle as possible is retained or refurbished to correct specifications, while any safety-critical parts are replaced with new items 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 even extends to recreating the correct type of spot-welding when refitting those panels.

A number of sympathetic upgrades from later E-types can be incorporated into the restoration process at extra cost, subject to the customer’s wishes, including improved cooling (using Lightweight E-type-derived parts), all-synchromesh gearbox (if not fitted to the vehicle originally), or Series 2 front brake calipers.

Prices for E-type Reborn restorations from Jaguar Classic are dependent on specification, starting from £285,000.

Jaguar E-type Reborn specification

Originally produced: 1961-1968 (Series 1)

Engine: 265bhp, 3781cc or 4235cc, in-line six-cylinder petrol

Transmission: 4-speed manual, rear-wheel drive

Brakes: Servo-assisted discs front and rear

Top speed: 150mph

0-60mph: 7sec

The Jaguar E-type was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1961 and was an instant hit. Its sensational jet aircraft-inspired lines and 150mph performance set a new benchmark for high-performance motoring in the 1960s. It was the most iconic sports car of its generation.

Such was the E-type's popularity 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 including Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Roy Salvadori and Briggs Cunningham.

More than 56 years since its debut, the E-type is still a sensational road car and race winner, and Jaguar Classic is the world’s number one source of authentic E-type parts and experiences.

E-type as art
There’s even more on offer for E-type enthusiasts at Techno-Classica Essen, as Jaguar showcases a new range of exclusive Jaguar Bonnet Art: E-type bonnets as an eye-catching wall-mounted ‘canvas’. Solid colours, racing roundels, racing stripes and one-off designs may all be commissioned. Prices start from £8,000.

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