This 1964 Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe Jaguar E-type has been brought back to life by Kent-based E-Type UK who finished the 3500-hour restoration process recently, returning the iconic big cat to its original factory specification…
The lengthy 3500-hour restoration process began with an in-depth examination of each body panel for any signs of rusting to ensure structural rigidity and chassis strength hasn’t been compromised in any way. After being sandblasted to remove remnants of material from the last 50+ years, each panel is then primed to prevent any further rust from developing.
New floors, sills, rear chassis, gearbox tunnel, bulkhead, inner and outer rear wings, and bonnet were also handcrafted by E-Type UK’s metalwork team. 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 restoration to move forward.
Shell now complete, the 1964 Series 1 FHC Jaguar E-type’s silhouette begins to resemble one of the most classic of cars we all instantly recognise.
While perfection was rarely if ever achieved back in the 60s, a careful and detailed application of filler ensures millimeter-perfect dimensions and panel gaps across the entire shell in 2021. Rust inhibitors are also applied to any 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.
Upgrades and safety additions include 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.
Additionally, the braking system is uprated with 4-pot brake callipers, performance brake pads, and a separate modern independent handbrake system. 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.
The E-type is powered by a fully rebuilt 3.8-litre XK engine with a new gas flowed head, high lift cams, balanced and lightened crank with lip seal conversion, coupled to a new 5-speed gearbox 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, engineers fitted a bespoke straight-six fuel injection system with heritage throttle bodies and 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.
Sympathetically reconditioning the interior of the Series 1 E-type marks the final step of the total restoration procedure and includes the car’s original Dark Blue leather specification being recreated to compliment the newly painted Pearl Grey exterior.
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