WOLSELEY 1300 ALL-ORIGINAL EVERYDAY CLASSIC
Long-time Jaguar enthusiast, Kaikoura-based Bob Bell, fell in love with the E-type as a teenager when he first clapped eyes on Jaguar’s svelte big cat — however, he obviously couldn’t afford one new back then and, as more time passed by, he couldn’t afford one even when they became secondhand choices. Later on, of course, prices of restored examples took off and it didn’t look as if Bob would ever be able to realize his teenage dream. Then a 1969 Series 2 roadster became available — a car that was part way through a rebuild and available at a reasonable price. Bob jumped at the opportunity — it may have taken 50 years but Bob finally had his very own E-type.
According to Bob, the car sat locked up in a garage for a number of years as the owner, a well–known Jaguar enthusiast from the lower South Island, had sadly passed away before he could finish the restoration. Having owned the E-type for many years, he had completed a body restoration after importing the car into New Zealand and he enjoyed many years of driving the car. Then the time came for further restoration work — unfortunately, he would not live to see the car finished although he had completed a large amount of mechanical work including a RHD conversion (this Jaguar was an American import).
Bob tells us that he isn’t treating the E-type to a concours restoration, just a very thorough rebuild as he wants to have a car to drive and enjoy without worry. Bob also wants the car to be a tribute to Don (the previous owner) and hopes that he’s done him proud.
Looking at what Bob’s achieved so far, we’re sure Don would’ve approved.