This is the one and only factory low-drag lightweightJaguar E-Type and is a vehicle that should have been laid to rest a long time ago. In fact, the Jaguar was thought to be dead until Peter Neumark of Classic Motors Cars breathed new life into the last racing car ever built at Jaguar’s factory.

Only twelve lightweight E-types were built by Jaguar’s competition department back in 1963, but only one returned to undergo preparatory work for the LeMans race later that year. Malcolm Sayer designed the vehicle to have a special low drag body that would be coupled to a highly modified engine. This combination was set to take LeMans by storm and lead driver, Peter Lindner, to victory. Unfortunately, while on the Montlhery circuit, something went terribly wrong causing a crash that would end up killing Peter Lindner and destroying the Jaguar E-type. Sayer himself said that the vehicle could not be repaired and that opinion was echoed in the 1970s when a second survey confirmed the vehicle’s fate.

Fast forward to 2007 when Peter Neumark entered the scene. Determined to revive the crumpled E-Type, Neumark set out to make history with one of the most complex restorations to ever take place in the world.

Hit the jump to see what dedication, passion, and 7,000 hours of hard work can accomplish.

The Build

1964 Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag E-Type High Resolution Exterior
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The all aluminum body of the Low Drag E-Type was mangled beyond recognition during that horrific day on the track, but Neumark was determined to make it work again. With Andrew Turvey heading the project, the team went to work dismantling all of the body panels from the monocoque chassis. Each body panel was then flattened, repaired, and reformed to its original shape. We would compare this type of repair work to bringing back a crumpled piece of paper to its original shape. Once the body panels were placed onto the vehicle, the monococque was then spot-welded and riveted together. Over £30,000 ($49,500 at the current rates) worth of welding equipment had to be installed in Neumark’s shop in order to complete the restoration.

All in all, the team used 90% of the car’s original parts and took 5,000 hours to restore the body alone, leaving 2,000 man hours to finish the build. Project leader, Turvey, said the task could have never been complete without the help of Lindner’s family who provided photographs and film footage from the day of the crash, as well as insight from Peter Wilson who was a technician at Jaguar’s competition department and worked on the E-Type at that time.


When the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type came out in 1963, it was powered by a fuel-injected 3.8L Jaguar engine that produced 300 HP. When transformed into lightweight coupes, the Jaguar was then fitted with more powerful engines delivering 340+ HP. The engine used for the Low Drag Coupe was a small capacity "highly boosted" petrol engine.

Where Does It Go From Here?

1964 Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag E-Type High Resolution Exterior
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"This is one of the most major restorations ever to take place in the World. Many said that it could not be done but we have proved them wrong."

Since its complete restoration, the Jaguar Lindner Nocker Low Drag E-Type has been invited to some of the most famous car events around the world, but first the car was unveiled in Bridgnorth in the presence of Jaguar E-Type test driver Norman Dewis, Lindner’s nephew Tomas Fritz, and Patrick Lansard, the man who discovered the abandoned and crashed vehicle in a garage in 1974. From a mangled piece of aluminum, a £5 million ($8.2 million at the current rates) Jaguar E-Type was born, just in time for the E-Type’s 50th Anniversary. Too cool.

Peter Neumark, the Chairman of Classic Motor Cars said: "This is one of the most major restorations ever to take place in the World. Many said that it could not be done but we have proved them wrong."

Source: Jaguar

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  (224) posted on 02.16.2012

I like the speed and performance of this car, but in terms of appearance it looks like my dad’s office shoes.

  (541) posted on 09.30.2011

Good combination really set a new trade for classy fashion-ate with touch of modernized exterior. The overall appearance give a definite impact, one of the special modified car. Very historical.

  (474) posted on 09.15.2011

1964 Jaguar lindner nocker is like an old car. It’s also like a bullet that have a long neck and the performance is good for a vintage car.

  (231) posted on 08.25.2011

the speed performance of the car is kind of impressive for a vintage vehicle. I bet this car will cost in million.

  (287) posted on 08.25.2011

I just remember Jeremy Clarkson driving the Jaguar. I’m really impressed with the awesome production of this car.

  (231) posted on 08.1.2011

I really love seeing vintage car for they were served as the basis of future and modern vehicle. I bet jaguar have spent millions to restored this vehicle!

  (372) posted on 08.1.2011

I wonder if this was the car that was being feature in the Top Gear UK. The car looks like a typical vintage car. Well, its better to put this one in the museum!

  (429) posted on 07.22.2011

It’s a good thing they upgrade this car so it will not die. It is really famous that most people know this one and now the main attraction in the world of the cars. Much better if they will make more specs with this car. This will be a winner.

  (341) posted on 06.21.2011

The famous 1964 had been a top of the discussion today, why? because if you don’t die testing it, you’re not famous. Well, I’m just joking but this thing is a serious matter that all car producers should always be concerned of.

  (415) posted on 05.16.2011

Yeah, I like that idea, a modern version of the Lindner would indeed be an interesting sight to see. And I am sure that it would be a hit if it goes into production.

  (692) posted on 05.13.2011

Wohoo! A fully restored Lindner, this one’s nice. I hope that Jaguar does take notice of this baby and decide to revive it, a modern version of this would be interesting.

  (383) posted on 05.12.2011

I don’t know..but I find it similar to Bristol car!BTW, they really make an impressive detail designing for this car and I’m thankful that they let the public knows about this car. I bet this would be the best restoration that I have seen.

  (412) posted on 05.12.2011

Yes, the restoration was great and it’s a good thing that it could still run though I have to say that unfortunately the engine wasn’t restored!BTW, i feel sorry for those who doubt the accomplishment of this restoration just look on how successful it was!

  (534) posted on 05.11.2011

What a great restoration! It a good thing that they have restored the exterior but I have a doubt the engine used was the old one. However, Im sure jaguar is so thankful to the owner of this Jaguar car for bringing that car to them.

  (780) posted on 05.11.2011

Wow! This million dollar vehicle was just found in an abandon garage? It seems that the original owner, doesn’t have any idea about the good luck that this car has bring not only for the current owner but for the auto industry as well!

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