Over a period of three years I restored this 1964 e-type roadster for myself. I have kept a blog which shows the extended of the restoration. My intent was to keep it but last year I found a 1959 Maserati Vignale spyder prototype which I would like to restore..The car was sold in June of 2008.
The car has a Jaguar Heritage Certificate documenting its authenticity. My goal was to restore it to "better than new", show condition, but at the same time make it a car that can be driven. The engine subframe and suspension were removed and powder coated, all mechanicals were redone, the body was stripped to bare metal and painted in its original cream (Old English white) color. Interior in its original deep red color.
While keeping the car original some key improvements were done. Teflon seals where used through the original engine to avoid the notorious Jaguar engine oil leaks. The radiator looks stock but in reality it is much more efficient than the original. The ignition is electronic and completely invisible to a concours judge. The gearbox is the full synchro version from a later 4.2, which was coupled to the 3.8 liter engine using the original bell housing and starter. This provides the perfect match between the higher revving 3.8 liter engine and the smoother shifting of the full synchro gearbox. Again a concourse judge would never be able to tell, unless he drove the car and didn't have to grind first gear!
Make sure you see the photos of the car while it was being restored ... click here!