Jaguar E-type coupe

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Description: Restoration of 1965 Jaguar E-type Fixed Head Coupe.

Starting with a matching-numbers car manufactured October, 1965, the restoration of this XKE was done in homage of the fixed head coupe which launched the E-type in Geneva in 1961- 50 years ago.

Sporting an opalescent silver gray exterior, dark red interior, and European running lights, this car could easily be mistaken for the original coupe used at the launch

The vehicle was completely stripped down and all the major metal parts were stripped of paint and etched down to bare metal. Surprisingly, no sheet metal replacement was required on the tub, doors, bonnet or rear hatch. In fact, the entire car was in excellent condition. The taper on the cylinders walls was less than 0.002" indicating this car had been well maintained.

According to the records that came with the car, it was picked up by the first owner at the Jaguar factory in Coventry. From the service record receipts (included with the car), we can tell the owner spent several months touring Europe: first service in Cannes, France in November 1965; the 2nd service voucher states Genoa, Italy. From that point on it appears the car spent its life in the Seattle, Washington area until purchased by the current owner/restorer at an estate sale. Additional service records indicate a complete engine and gearbox overhaul occurred in 1984 when the car had 96,000 miles on it.

The engine was completely rebuilt, including all new bearings on the crankshaft (which was turned down 0.010"), big and small end connecting rods and camshafts. The rear seal was upgraded to a modern seal, the internal surfaces of the block painted in Glyptal. All the timing gears, chains and guides were replaced. In the cylinder head all the valves, springs, guides and tappets were replaced, the seats were resurfaced. A complete rebuild of the 3 SU carbs included new throttle shaft bushings. The exhaust manifolds were re-porcelained by Prairie Auto Porcelain and a stainless steel exhaust installed. A high performance cooling fan with variable speed controller was installed. The bulkhead coolant transfer pipes were replaced with stainless steel units. The standard points/condensor distributor was upgraded to a Pertronix high performance setup. A modern, high-torque starter was installed to provide years of care-free service.

The independent rear suspension (IRS) was completely overhauled. This included: all new u-joints, new pinion seal, new differential clutch plates and output bearings, new hub fulcrum bearings and hub bearings and seals.

BOGE shocks front and rear with new springs in the rear and new torsion bars up front. New u-joints and bushes in the steering column and the steering rack was completely rebuild with all new bushes, seals and body mounts. A polyurethane suspension bushing kit was installed. All new ball joints, and, of course, all new bearings and seals in the front hubs.

Over $8,000 was spent on re-chroming original pieces. This includes the front and rear bumpers, original running lights and door handles. There are dozens of small chrome parts used in the interior of a fixed head coupe and they have all been re-chromed or replaced.

Tom Black's Garage did a gorgeous opalescent silver gray paint job using a modern Jaguar color ("Lunar Gray"). They also did all of the metal work. The only repair work consisted of an old repair in the rear, lower right quarter panel and what appeared to be some damage done at the factory which had been leaded over. All of the original seam lead was replaced and the entire body painted in an epoxy sealer prior to the final bodywork finishing. One look at the finish and fit, and you can tell how many hours went into the car.

The forward compartments on both left and right side were lined with thermal insulating material from The Eastwood Company to help manage the heat that tends to accumulate from the engine and exhaust.

New Coker redline radials mounted on new Dayton "curly hub" wire wheels complete the period look of the car.



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