Jaguar Classic launches E-Type Reborn programme

10 restored models debut at the Techno-Classica show in Essen, Germany
April 06, 2017

With such an illustrious past, it isn’t a surprise that Jaguar is once again looking back to er, move forward by launching a brand new restoration programme. Called the Classic E-Type Reborn, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out which particular model will be getting a reboot. The initiative does what it says on the tin and will allow potential buyers to snap up a totally restored E-Type.

Jaguar has already restored 10 cars and they are on display at the 2017 Techno-Classica show held in Essen, Germany this week. This isn’t the first time the brand has had a go at sprucing up the classic sportscar; its Special Operations division made the XKSS racecar and E-Type Lightweights but to be fair, these were brand new and original models – what the Reborn programme will focus on is restoring the cars to “concours-winning standards”.

One of the revamped cars that will be on show is a Series 1 4.2-litre Fixed Head Coupe finished in a classy Opalescent Gunmetal Grey. The car, which was exported to California in the Sixties had 125,000km on the clock before being put in storage in the Eighties. Now rebuilt to the original 1960 specification and packing a rebuilt engine and transmission it looks better than it ever did when new. Upgrade options include an improved cooling system, an all-synchromesh transmission, and brakes from later variants. The other nine Jags are also Series 1 models (these were inspired by the D-Type racecars that dominated Le Mans in the mid Fifties) that were built between 1961 and 1968 and if you happen to be looking for a completely restored E-Type all you need to do is have Dh1.4 million handy- but it could be more than that as the price is “dependent on specification”. Hmm, better have closer to Dh2 million spare if you want one of these timeless tourers…