E-Sort UK, main restorer of the definitive traditional sports activities automobile – has concluded a full refurbishment of the distinguished 1964 Sequence 1 FHC Jaguar E-type – rebuilt to a superb mix of originality and efficiency.
Revolutionary in its time, the Sequence 1 fixed-head coupe in left-hand drive was first ordered by its authentic proprietor in a surprising Pearl Gray exterior paint end with Darkish Blue leather-based inside. Sourced from deep inside the Norwegian mountains, the uncommon mixture of colors makes this specific Sequence 1 E-type instance a very uncommon discover.
Within the succesful arms of E-Sort UK’s crew of specialists, the Sequence 1 underwent an in depth restoration course of, with supreme consideration to element right down to the ultimate bolt. Vital efficiency upgrades deliver this automotive yardstick of the Sixties roaring into the twenty first century.
Remastering a legendary physique shell
The very first step within the automobile’s 3500-hour restoration course of is to look at every physique panel for indicators of rust to ensure absolute structural rigidity and chassis energy. After being sand blasted to take away remnants of fabric from the final 50+ years, every panel is primed to stop any additional rust from creating.
With this specific instance, E-Sort UK’s knowledgeable metalwork craftspeople created brand-new flooring, sills, rear chassis, gearbox tunnel, bulkhead, inside and outer rear wings and a brand new bonnet to make sure it wasn’t simply beautiful to have a look at, however supremely protected, too. As soon as all new panels are mounted, precisely aligned, and welded to the unique chassis, the physique can then be lowered to the ground to permit for the subsequent stage of meticulous restoration to happen.
Reaching an ideal end
With the cautious restoration of the 1964 Sequence 1 FHC Jaguar E-type’s metallic shell full, the unmistakable silhouette of the Sixties icon begins to take form.
The filler course of sees the shell obtain a cautious and detailed software of filler to make sure millimetre-perfect dimensions and panel gaps throughout the whole shell. Rust inhibitors are additionally utilized to the uncovered metallic, alongside quite a few coats of high-build primer. The physique is then left to relaxation for a number of weeks to make sure all supplies are absolutely hardened previous to portray.
Primed to be hand-painted within the automobile’s uncommon and authentic Pearl Gray end, the shell is masked earlier than being sprayed with the primary of a number of coats of the placing color. Secondly, a high-quality clear lacquer is rigorously utilized to prepared the physique for a closing polish. To perform the excellent exterior end befitting a world-class restoration, the lacquer is subjected to hours of hand sprucing to disclose a flawless shine.
Delicate enhancements to a longtime method
To respectfully improve probably the most iconic British sports activities vehicles while concurrently remaining true to the marque’s authentic intents requires a fragile and superb contact.
Famend for his or her superior engineering on the time, the E-type is fitted with an IRS (impartial rear suspension), securing the rear wheels and suspension to the chassis and offering the motive force with low ranges of highway noise, vibration, harshness, and a smoother experience.
A central factor of this Sequence 1’s restoration concerned a full rebuild of revolutionary IRS system, alongside being fitted with new bearings, common joints, brake traces and coil overs.
Devoted to forging a usable, supple, and dependable finish product, E-Sort UK moreover fitted 4-pot brake callipers, efficiency brake pads and a separate fashionable impartial handbrake system.
With these extremely fascinating upgrades now fitted, the IRS unit not solely offers the motive force with extra dynamic braking and superior highway efficiency, however units the stage for future refined twists, reminiscent of an improve to E-Sort UK’s entrance 6-pot brake callipers.
Fashionable efficiency with an authentic really feel
Tasked with producing an unrivalled excessive performing Sequence 1 Coupe by the proprietor, the E-Sort UK crew performed a full restoration of the three.8-litre XK engine. The engine was accomplished to full quick highway specification with a brand new fuel flowed head, excessive carry cams, balanced and lightened crank with lip seal conversion.
Preserving but modernising the gearbox was central to retaining the automobile’s interval really feel, with none historic drawbacks. Previously a 4-speed, a brand new 5-speed gearbox was fitted, with the unique 4-speed gearbox restored for originality, to make sure much less engine pressure and a extra exact number of particular person gears.
To additional improve the efficiency of the newly put in 3.8-litre highway engine, E-Sort UK’s engineers proceeded with becoming the bespoke straight-six gas injection system, boasting heritage throttle our bodies with hid gas injectors, retaining the interval aesthetic look.
Alongside the EFI system, the E-type engine bay can also be handled to an uprated alternator, digital ignition, excessive torque starter, crankshaft sensor, excessive and low-pressure gas pumps, oil catch tank, air and coolant temperature sensors and elimination of the standard distributor, changed with an uprated coil pack.
Thunderous grand touring and sharp B-road dealing with at the moment are second nature to this masterpiece.
An exemplary inside, reborn
Sympathetically reconditioning the inside of this distinctive Sequence 1 E-type instance marks the ultimate step of the overall restoration process.
With unbelievable depth of color, the automobile’s authentic Darkish Blue leather-based specification is recreated to completely praise the newly painted Pearl Gray exterior, holding true to its heritage.
Retrimmed seats and dashboard with the best high quality leather-based end off the beautiful cabin with finesse and magnificence, while offering the motive force with a cushty and practical driving place for any kind of journey.