Jaguar Classic unveils one-of-a-kind E-type
Jaguar Classic Works showcased a bespoke Jaguar E-type at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant on 5 June 2022. The one-off renovation features a comprehensive list of enhancements carried out by technicians at Jaguar Classic Works, and metallic blue paintwork inspired by the Union Jack.
The unique E-type made its debut alongside 15 iconic Jaguars to feature in the Jubilee Pageant, including a selection of historically important Jaguar E-types, an all-electric I-PACE eTROPHY race car, and seven convertible Jaguars all carrying famous dames. The customer was joined by American dancer, model, and fashion designer, Eric Underwood in the passenger seat.
Jaguar Classic Works restores Series 1 E-type models to their original specification. This bespoke example goes further, showcasing the full breadth of personalisation available from its state-of-the-art home in Coventry.
The E-type was commissioned by a client who had specific requirements, wanting a roadster manufactured in the year he was born and finished to a bespoke specification. The team at Jaguar Classic tracked down a Series 1 E-type that was built just two days after the customer’s date of birth.
Over the following 12 months, the car underwent a complete rebuild, beginning with the bodywork and conversion to right-hand-drive. Finished in a unique deep metallic blue inspired by the blue of the Union Jack, the colour was mixed by the paint shop following numerous consultations and sample creations to craft the perfect hue over several months.
The bespoke interior features striking leather upholstery finished in a shade of red inspired by iconic British pillar boxes, and was hand finished using traditional methods at the in-house Jaguar Classic Works trim shop.
Bespoke Lead Engineer, Jaguar Classic, Stephen Hollis, said being able to bring a customer’s vision for their dream E-type to life is hugely rewarding. “The result is a complete one-off that showcases the full breadth of capabilities provided by the team at Jaguar Classic. With a colour scheme inspired by the Union Jack, I can’t think of a better place for it to make its first appearance than the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant. I am so excited to see it parade down The Mall,” added Hollis.
With the body assembly and paintwork complete, the engineering team refitted mechanical elements, including a host of enhancements. The original 4.2-litre straight-six was replaced by a 4.7-litre engine, delivering superior performance. It is optimised for road driving and married to Jaguar Classic’s specially developed five-speed gearbox, for a smoother, quieter and more refined driving experience.
Uprated suspension ensures the chassis can exploit the performance provided by its powertrain, while wider wheels, tyres, and uprated brakes deliver superior grip and confidence. A sports exhaust and manifold ensure the E-type’s soundtrack suits its dynamic character.
Modern technologies include 21st century connectivity provided by the Classic Infotainment system, combining touchscreen controls, satellite navigation and Bluetooth with a period-look in-keeping with the rest of the vehicle. Powerful exterior LED lighting also brings illumination up to modern standards for additional confidence driving at night.
A series of bespoke details complete the vehicle, including a unique plate and dash plaque. Additionally, the E-type features a few elements inspired by the limited E-type 60 Collection.
“I wanted a classic E-type that could be relied upon for daily driving and be comfortable on grand tours while remaining authentic to the original and I’m blown away by the results,” the owner said. “You sense the history and knowledge when you enter the Jaguar Classic Works facility and even after several visits, I still get excited to be in the building. I’m so proud of the car the passionate team there has created, and I’m privileged to be part of its story.”
Whilst most of the project was bespoke, certain elements are available for all E-type owners to purchase. These include Jaguar Classic’s specially developed five-speed gearbox and Classic Infotainment system. The five-speed gearbox was unveiled on the E-type 60 Collection and is available to purchase through Jaguar Classic’s dedicated parts team. In addition to giving E-type added usability and comfort, its installation requires no cutting, and therefore no loss of integrity to the vehicle.