Imagine being able to buy a brand new Jaguar E-Type, well almost new anyway? Well now you can!
The very first example of Jaguar’s “reborn” E-Type is set to make its debut at the Techno-Classica Essen show in Germany on April 5-9.
An initial batch of 10 expertly sourced and comprehensively restored examples of the iconic E-Type, priced from $A470,000, are now offered for sale direct from the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.
Arguably the sexiest car ever built, 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 240km/h performance set a new benchmark for high-performance motoring in the Sixties.
It was and remains one of the most iconic sports cars of its generation.
Such was the model’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.
The launch of E-Type Reborn is a first for Jaguar and extends the successful initiative that started with the Land Rover 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.
The first vehicle to go through the process is an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey Series 1 4.2-litre Fixed Head Coupe.
Originally exported to California in May 1965, the car recorded 125,000km before being stored in 1983.
It retains its original matching numbers body shell, engine and gearbox, all of which have been completely rebuilt.
For all E-Type Reborn vehicles, 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 program are fitted where necessary, to remove corrosion and restore the vehicle’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.