10 Series 1 Jaguar E-Type cars will be restored under the firm's 'Reborn' restoration program.
The Jaguar E-Type is unarguably one of the greatest cars of all time – in fact, you could even say that it’s the most iconic car produced in the British marque's history. Now while the E-Type may have been long gone, Jaguar will be restoring 10 original Series 1 models of the car under its “Reborn” restoration program. Jaguar will showcase the first of the 10 restored cars at the 2017 Techno-Classica Essen show in Germany on April 5.
With the E-Type “Reborn” program, Jaguar has set out to restore the Series 1 models – produced between 1961 and 1968 – to almost brand-new, factory condition. The manufacturer says that original parts have been retained in the restoration, while those replaced are made to the actual spec. The first of the rebuilt cars is a 1965 coupe that was originally sold in California. This particular model features a 4.2-litre inline six cylinder engine that is mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox. More interestingly, this E-Type had clocked over 125,000 kilometres before it went into restoration in 1983!
Although Jaguar has ensured that the car is restored to the factory spec, everything will have the option of customization. Which means owners could opt for modern upgrades such as a vastly improved cooling system or a synchromesh transmission.
Speaking of ownership, buying one will be quite some costly affair in the first place. The price for one of the 10 restored E-Types starts at a whopping 285,000 British pounds (Rs 2.25 crore). Having said that, for classic car collectors who have good taste in cars – and a fat bank balance it goes without saying – all ten models are expected to fly off the shelf as soon as they’re made available.