In early April, Jaguar Classic will present its first E-Type Reborn to the public at the Techno Classica classics fair in Essen, Germany. It is one of ten expertly selected and extensively restored copies of Jaguar’s iconic 1960s E-Type. They are in concourse condition and are for sale at the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works restoration workshop in Coventry (UK).
With E-Type Reborn, Jaguar Classic offers buyers a unique opportunity to purchase an original Jaguar E-type Series I (1961-1968) restored by the manufacturer. E-Type Reborn is a new Jaguar activity. Land Rover has previously successfully rolled out similar restoration programs for the Series I and Range Rover Classic. They can also be seen at the fair in Essen.
For each E-Type Reborn, Jaguar’s E-Type experts look for a suitable one and restore them to original factory specifications. Jaguar Heritage Trust provides the official production data, drawings and specifications of the cars.
Jaguar Classic employees only use Jaguar Classic Parts during the restoration, so that the quality and durability – and therefore the collector value – are optimally guaranteed. The Jaguar E-Type Reborn team is thorough. Even the original spot welding method is used to fit new body parts perfectly.
At the show in Essen is the first E-Type that has undergone the complete Reborn process. That is a Series I Fixed Head Coupé 4.2 in the color Opalescent Gunmetal Grey. This car was exported to California in May 1965 and drove 78,000 miles before being put into storage in 1983. The body, engine and transmission are all original and have been completely restored by Jaguar Classic technicians.
The E-Type Reborn Program offers customers the option to upgrade younger E-Types at an additional cost if they do not affect the authenticity of the original. This includes the cooling (with components derived from those of the Lightweight E-Type), a fully synchronized gearbox and front brake calipers of the E-Type Series II.
Previously, the classic department of Jaguar and Land Rover ventured into nine copies of the Jaguar XKSS. However, that was not a restoration because the cars were completely built from sketch. With a price tag of 1.2 million euros each, the ‘new’ XKSS has not turned out to be a cheap toy.
Prices for E-Type Reborn restorations by Jaguar Classic depend on specification. The first Jaguar E-Type Reborn will make its debut at the Techno Classica fair in Essen, Germany, from April 5 to 9.
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