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E-Type UK Gave This 1964 Jaguar E-Type A New Lease On Life

This stunning 1964 Jaguar E-Type underwent a painstaking 3,500-hour restoration process

E-Type UK, the noteworthy classic sports car’s renowned restorer, has completed a comprehensive refurbishment of a prestigious 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-type, which has been rebuilt to strike a delicate balance of originality and performance.

The Series 1 Jag underwent an intensive restoration process in the experienced hands of E-Type UK’s team of experts, with meticulous attention to detail down to the last bolt. Some serious performance improvements on the car carry this sixties icon right through into the twenty-first century.

Overview

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This Series 1 fixed-head coupe seen here in the left-hand drive had first been ordered by its original buyer, in this stunning shade of Pearl Grey, with a contrasting Dark Blue leather interior, which was revolutionary, even at the time. Such a rare combination of colors makes this beautiful Series 1 E-type a truly rare example and is a car that was sourced from the depths of the Norwegian mountains. It took a delicate and subtle touch to appropriately update one of the most iconic British sports cars while, at the same time, remaining loyal to the marque’s original goals.

Exterior

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The restoration of this sixties icon was carried out by E-Type UK, who specialize in restoring classic E-Types

To ensure ultimate structural rigidity and chassis strength, the car’s restoration process began with a thorough inspection of each body panel for signs of rust.E-Type UK’s professional metalwork crafters went to the extent of producing a brand-new floor, sills, transmission tunnel, back chassis, bulkhead, inner and outer rear wings, and a new hood for this specific model. Next, the car underwent the filler process. It involves applying filler to the shell in a precise and detailed manner that ensures millimeter-perfect measurements and panel gaps throughout the body.

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To prevent corrosion in the future, rust inhibitors and multiple coats of high-quality primer were applied onto the bare metal

Rust inhibitors and multiple coats of high-build primer were also coated onto the bare metal. The shell is primed for hand-painting in the car’s unique and original Pearl Grey finish before being sprayed with the first of multiple coats of the eye-catching color. Second, a high-quality clear lacquer was applied to the body with utmost care to achieve the car’s gleaming sheen.

Interior

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One of the most important steps in the restoration process was thoughtfully reconditioning the interior of this extraordinary Series 1 E-type example. The car’s original Dark Blue leather specification has been reproduced with incredible depth of color to perfectly complement the newly painted Pearl Grey exterior, staying true to its heritage.

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The final step in the puzzle was refurbishing the cabin with high-quality blue leather, which contrasts rather well against the Pearl Grey exterior

The retrimmed seats and dashboard uses the highest quality leather and completes the exquisite interior with style and finesse while providing the occupants with a functional and cosseting cabin.

Performance

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The E-Type UK team also carried out a complete restoration of the 3.8-liter XK engine after being tasked by the owner with producing unrivaled high performing for the Series 1 Coupe. To improve the performance of the newly installed 3.8-liter engine, E-Type UK engineers installed the bespoke straight-six fuel injection system, which features old school throttle bodies along with concealed fuel injectors. In addition to the EFI system, the E-type’s engine bay acquired an electronic ignition, an upgraded alternator, a high torque starter, a crankshaft sensor, an oil catch tank, high and low-pressure fuel pumps, air and coolant temperature sensors, and the removal of the traditional distributor, which is replaced with an upgraded coil pack.

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A new 5-speed gearbox was installed, with the original 4-speed gearbox rebuilt for originality. Preservation and modernizing the gearbox, it was critical to retain the car’s vintage feel while avoiding any historical drawbacks. A vital component of this Series 1’s restoration was a complete rebuild of this unique IRS or Independent Read Suspension system. With these very coveted upgrades finally installed, the IRS unit not only offers the driver more dynamic braking and greater road performance but also lays the groundwork for future minor twists, such as an upgrade to 6-pot brake calipers up front.

Conclusion

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This iconic classic 64 E-Type was restored back to its former glory and has now been built out to factory spec, with modern mechanicals underneath

With that, the team from Kent in the UK finally completed the near 3500-hour restoration procedure. The final results? Well, the pictures speak for themselves, don’t they? The E-Type is one of Jaguar’s most significant and iconic sports cars of all time. The attention to detail during the restoration process was staggering. For instance, to achieve the superb exterior finish, the lacquer was hand polished for hours on end. The owner sure can now relive the glory days of yore. With modern underpinnings, this E-Type is a sixties throwback with none of the sixties drawbacks.

Watch the 3.8 L come to life in the clip below


Source: E-Type UK

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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E-Type UK, leading restorer of the definitive classic sports car – has concluded a full refurbishment of the distinguished 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-type - rebuilt to a fine blend of originality and performance.

Revolutionary in its time, the Series 1 fixed-head coupe in left-hand drive was first ordered by its original owner in a stunning Pearl Grey exterior paint finish with Dark Blue leather interior. Sourced from deep within the Norwegian mountains, the rare combination of colours makes this particular Series 1 E-type example a truly rare find.

In the capable hands of E-Type UK’s team of experts, the Series 1 underwent an extensive restoration process, with supreme attention to detail down to the final bolt. Significant performance upgrades bring this automotive yardstick of the 1960s roaring into the 21st century.

Remastering a legendary body shell
The very first step in the car’s 3500-hour restoration process is to examine each body panel for signs of rust to guarantee absolute structural rigidity and chassis strength. After being sand blasted to remove remnants of material from the last 50+ years, each panel is primed to prevent any further rust from developing.

With this particular example, E-Type UK’s expert metalwork craftspeople created brand-new floors, sills, rear chassis, gearbox tunnel, bulkhead, inner and outer rear wings and a new bonnet to ensure it wasn’t just stunning to look at, but supremely safe, too. Once all new panels are mounted, accurately aligned, and welded to the original chassis, the body can then be lowered to the floor to allow for the next stage of meticulous restoration to take place.

Achieving a perfect finish
With the careful restoration of the 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-type’s metal shell complete, the unmistakable silhouette of the 1960s icon begins to take shape.

The filler process sees the shell receive a careful and detailed application of filler to ensure millimetre-perfect dimensions and panel gaps across the entire shell. Rust inhibitors are also applied to the exposed metal, alongside numerous coats of high-build primer. The body is then left to rest for several weeks to ensure all materials are fully hardened prior to painting.

Primed to be hand-painted in the car’s rare and original Pearl Grey finish, the shell is masked before being sprayed with the first of several coats of the striking colour. Secondly, a high-quality clear lacquer is carefully applied to ready the body for a final polish. To accomplish the outstanding exterior finish befitting a world-class restoration, the lacquer is subjected to hours of hand polishing to reveal a flawless shine.

Subtle enhancements to an established formula
To respectfully upgrade one of the most iconic British sports cars whilst simultaneously remaining true to the marque’s original intents requires a delicate and fine touch.

Renowned for their advanced engineering at the time, the E-type is fitted with an IRS (independent rear suspension), securing the rear wheels and suspension to the chassis and providing the driver with low levels of road noise, vibration, harshness, and a smoother ride.

A central element of this Series 1’s restoration involved a full rebuild of innovative IRS system, alongside being fitted with new bearings, universal joints, brake lines and coil overs.

Dedicated to forging a usable, supple, and reliable end product, E-Type UK additionally fitted 4-pot brake callipers, performance brake pads and a separate modern independent handbrake system.

With these highly desirable upgrades now fitted, the IRS unit not only provides the driver with more dynamic braking and superior road performance, but sets the stage for future subtle twists, such as an upgrade to E-Type UK’s front 6-pot brake callipers.

Modern performance with an original feel
Tasked with producing an unrivalled high performing Series 1 Coupe by the owner, the E-Type UK team conducted a full restoration of the 3.8-litre XK engine. The engine was completed to full fast road specification with a new gas flowed head, high lift cams, balanced and lightened crank with lip seal conversion.

Preserving yet modernising the gearbox was central to retaining the car’s period feel, without any historical drawbacks. Formerly a 4-speed, a new 5-speed gearbox was fitted, with the original 4-speed gearbox restored for originality, to ensure less engine strain and a more precise selection of individual gears.

To further enhance the performance of the newly installed 3.8-litre road engine, E-Type UK’s engineers proceeded with fitting the bespoke straight-six fuel injection system, boasting heritage throttle bodies with concealed fuel injectors, retaining the period aesthetic look.

Alongside the EFI system, the E-type engine bay is also treated to an uprated alternator, electronic ignition, high torque starter, crankshaft sensor, high and low-pressure fuel pumps, oil catch tank, air and coolant temperature sensors and removal of the traditional distributor, replaced with an uprated coil pack.

Thunderous grand touring and sharp B-road handling are now second nature to this masterpiece.

An exemplary interior, reborn
Sympathetically reconditioning the interior of this exceptional Series 1 E-type example marks the final step of the total restoration procedure.

With incredible depth of colour, the car’s original Dark Blue leather specification is recreated to perfectly compliment the newly painted Pearl Grey exterior, holding true to its heritage.

Retrimmed seats and dashboard with the finest quality leather finish off the exquisite cabin with finesse and style, whilst providing the driver with a comfortable and functional driving position for any type of journey.

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