Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works just debuted its new Jaguar E-Type Reborn series at the Techno Classica Essen Show. This limited-edition lineup will be based on the original iconic Series 1 E-Type. The Series 1 E-Type represented an innovation in design and performance among automobiles when it was introduced in 1961. It took the world by storm with its sleek design and ability to reach a top speed of 241 km/h. Famous E-Type owners included Jackie Stewart, Frank Sinatra and Steve McQueen.
Now, Jaguar is celebrating this classic car with the Reborn treatment. The first E-Type given the Reborn treatment was the 1965 Opalescent Gunmetal Grey Series 1.42 Fixed-Head Coupe. Exported to California in 1965, this classic had reached 78,000 miles before being stored in 1983. The original engine, gearbox and matching numbers have all been retained and rebuilt by Jaguar technicians.
Each vehicle chosen for the Reborn project will be entirely restored according to the company’s original factory specification. Jaguar’s Classic Works’ team’s decades of experience in restoration combined with the original build records and drawings held by the Jaguar Heritage Trust ensure that each restored classic is authentic.
Engineers will recreate the original spot-weld patterns. Jaguar will retain or refurbish as much of the original vehicle as possible. Whenever new parts are needed, Jaguar will use official Jaguar Classic Parts items.
Jaguar plans to do complete an initial batch of ten of the Reborn series classics. Each will be comprehensively restored and expertly sourced. Customers will be able to order various upgrades, such as cooling improvements and synchromesh gearboxes.