Rotting Jaguar E-Type is restored to original splendour


Credit: Julian Menendez
A rusting Jaguar E-Type has been given a nut-and-bolt restoration to bring it back to its former glory.

This particular E-Type was the fifteenth right hand drive, fixed head coupe to leave Jaguar's production line back in 1961. It was also used as a press car at the Scottish Motor Show in November of that year.

Soon after the E-Type moved to private ownership and disappeared for decades. That was until Classic Motor Cars found it rotting in a barn in Cernay, France, in 2013.

It was then treated to 2,956 hours of restoration at Classic Motor Car's workshops in Bridgnorth, utilising as much of the original car's parts to return it to factory condition.

Nick Goldthorpe, managing director of Classic Motor Cars, said: "We found chassis No. 15 in Cernay, a French town close to the border with Germany. It had been owned by the same person since 1976, who dismantled it probably some twenty years ago and that is as far as he got.

Rotting Jaguar E-Type is restored to original splendour

Rotting Jaguar E-Type is restored to original splendour

"The car was underneath some covers in a garden, very rusty and corroded – there was even a bird's nest in the rear quarter! We carried out a full nut and bolt restoration, which proved to be quite a challenge due to the sorry state in which it was found."

The car, now perfectly restored, will go on display at the London Classic Car show on February 18-21.

Goldthorpe added: "No detail was too small and extensive work has been carried out in the paint and trim shops so that the car can now boast its original colour combination of pearl grey exterior and light blue interior, being the only one produced in those colours in 1961."