One of Britain’s leading E-type specialists, E-Type UK, has completed a transformative restoration on a 1964 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 FHC. Found in the unused garage of the previous owner in South East England. This particular car had been sitting since 1979, but now E-Type UK has given it a new life.
Finished in a period with an opalescent silver blue exterior and matching blue interior, the new owner opted for a striking new combination that retains the exterior color but with a new oxblood red leather interior and a host of other optional enhancements.
Upon discovery, this Type E appeared to be well preserved and rot free, protected from the worst weather by four walls and a roof. However, after extensive sandblasting and a three-day dismantling, the extent of the damage caused by 40 years of neglect, coupled with previous cheap repairs and habitual British wetness revealed the real challenge ahead.
The E-Type UK team made sure to make sure this E-type was safe and durable for years to come by identifying and replacing sections that were too rotten to store. The workshop team discovered that many areas of the floor and the internal and external windowsills were beyond salvage, opting to replace them entirely, while strengthening the body elsewhere. Every suspicious piece of metal was removed to ensure the structure was even stiffer than the day it left the factory.
After the metalwork was complete, the E-type was introduced into the fill room, where E-Type UK body technicians set out to restore those continuous lines from the 1960s. The entire car was cleaned and brushed, then Block sanded for perfect straightness and contours, with long hours of gap adjustment and perfect openings.
To achieve the original Jaguar color of Opalescent Silver Blue, the car underwent a long process of thorough preparation. Due to the silver pigments in the paint, mistakes are often inevitable, often leading to a cloudy finish, but with the team’s expert skills, the end result was brilliant and smooth.
Reassembly began with the mounting of the improved independent rear suspension of this type E, which also included improved brake calipers and brake pads. At this stage, the front suspension was also installed to create a rolling casing, making the car easier to maneuver in the busy E-Type UK workshop.
The E-Type UK team then turned their attention to a series of performance and usability updates. The original 3.8-liter XK6 engine was equipped with high-lift cams, a balanced, lightweight crank and new seals, all of which will help with ease of handling and reliability. A new five-speed gearbox was also installed for tighter shifting and more refined cruising, a new full stainless steel sports exhaust, and an aluminum radiator and header tank for better cooling.
With most of the work complete, the finishing touches were applied, including the recently trimmed Oxblood Red leather interior, along with cool chrome and headlight trim. In a nod to the examples of the rare E-type Lightweight (of which only 12 were originally completed), the new owner requested the addition of a new red vinyl hood muzzle, which brought the look to perfection.
E-Type UK founder Marcus Holland said: “A restoration like this is a real challenge for our team; 40 years of inactivity comes at a huge cost on every part of a vehicle. But customers come to us to make their dream car come true, so we will take it apart piece by piece, clean and upgrade as much as we can save, and replace anything we can’t with better quality than original. Not only are we delighted to have delivered our customer with a car they have always wanted, but we are honored to have contributed to keeping this part of British motoring history on the road and to being used regularly for many years. . “
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