Between 1961 and 1975, Jaguar produced the now iconic E-Type. The company built more than 70,000 examples in the 14-year period, but the highly sought after Series 1 remains the most desirable option amongst collectors. One in particular is being restored in the U.K. after surfacing in pieces in France.
Chassis number 875256 will undergo a major reconstructive surgery at the hands of Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC). It's one of the first 500 examples of the E-Type ever built. The world-renowned restoration experts will revive the classic Jag, an early 3.8 left-hand-drive example, at their shop in Bridgnorth, Shropshire U.K.
The car was delivered new to the Belgium Motor Company in Brussels in July of 1961. It was sold to "Societe de Civel Immeubles en Afrique" shortly thereafter, and resurfaced in 2015. Records indicate that the car was imported from Luxembourg in 1975, and though mostly in pieces, it's said to be "very complete."
"Chassis No. 875256 is literally in boxes in our workshops awaiting a much needed nut and bolt restoration,” said Chairman of CMC David Barzilay. "It will be a challenging project but all the factory parts are there and our skilled fabricators and technicians will do all they can to save as much as the original car as possible. It will roll out of our workshops just like it left Browns Lane in 1961."
This will be the second major E-Type restoration the shop has undertaken in just a few years. In 2016, CMC restored E-Type chassis number 15, a right-hand drive example also found in France that took a total of 2,956 hours to complete. This one will be no less extensive, and should look similar to the example pictured below when finished.
Source: Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth
Gallery: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Reborn
One of the first 500 E-Types produced by Jaguar has been found in pieces in France and is to be brought back to life by world-class restorers Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth (CMC).
Chassis No. 875256 is one of the very early 3.8 left hand drive, open two seater, outside bonnet lock models with all matching numbers.
It was delivered new to the Belgium Motor Company dealership in Brussels in July 1961 and was subsequently sold to ‘Societe de Civel Immeubles en Afrique.’ It resurfaced in France in 2015 and records indicate that it was imported from Luxembourg in 1975.
The car is very complete, although in parts, and was bought by the previous owner to be restored. He gave it to French restorers who started work on the car, but shortly after took it away and kept it safe in his garage in Grigny in the southern suburbs of Paris, France.
David Barzilay, Chairman of CMC, said: “Chassis No. 875256 is literally in boxes in our workshops awaiting a much needed nut and bolt restoration. It will be a challenging project but all the factory parts are there and our skilled fabricators and technicians will do all they can to save as much as the original car as possible. It will roll out of our workshops just like it left Browns Lane in 1961.”
He added: “We are currently delving through the car’s history files to find out more about its life. These early E-Types are sought after by collectors and investors alike, and the fact that they keep on resurfacing after years in the dark is still amazing.”
CMC is famous for having restored some of the most historic E-Types, including Lofty England’s Chassis No. 4, the Lindner-Nöcker Lightweight and 1VHP, the first RHD Coupe off the production line and the first of only four outside bonnet lock cars.
In 2016 and after 2,956hrs, they completed the restoration of E-Type Chassis No. 15, also found in France in a very sorry state. This was the fifteenth right-hand drive fixed-head coupe E-Type to leave Jaguar’s production line in 1961 and the press car that turned heads at the Scottish Motor Show that year.