e-type rebirth will boost parts supply
Jaguar Classic boss says it is making up for lost time supplying parts – by reviving classics
Jaguar’s new Reborn series of restored E-types will help enthusiasts searching for parts, according to the manufacturer’s classics boss.
The first E-type restored in Jaguar’s range of ‘Reborn’ cars broke cover at Techno Classica Essen last week on 5 April. The skills Jaguar has learned during the process will have a positive, trickle-down effect on other enthusiasts, it reckons.
Jaguar Classic director Tim Hannig says: ‘ What we’re trying to do with our Reborn range is make up for our lack of support in the past to enthusiasts. The company hasn’t supported them enough in the past, and we know it.
‘Our new Reborn series is the tip of the iceberg for our classic department. The trickle-down effect for enthusiasts will be in parts supply. For instance, new E-type panels are now available to order from your local Jaguar dealer. It’s new, and some dealers might need persuading at first.
‘But parts are the main area of focus for Jaguar and Land Rover’s heritage department [a Reborn Range Rover was launched in February]. It takes a long time to build a back catalogue, but we’re committed to it. We’re here for the long haul.’
Hannig thinks Jaguar may buy more E-types in need of restoration in the future.
He adds: ‘ We recommend not to buy these E-types as an investment. Most of our customers aren’t. But we’re in the business of fulfilling dreams, not in judging them.’ Jaguar confirmed that it will restore at least a further nine E-types as part of the programme, all of which will be sourced and restored by its Classic Works department in Coventry. The first car (pictured) is a 1965 Series 1 4.2 Coupé. Originally from California, it has 78,000 miles on the clock. Jaguar assures us that this car was specially selected because of its life in a dry state. Finished in Opalescent Gunmetal Grey, it retains its original body shell, engine, and gearbox, all of which have been meticulously restored.
Prices start from £285,000, but can climb to much more depending on how it is specified.
The superb-looking – and authentic looking – reborn e-type was revealed at essen to an admiring public. Fancy a new e-type? Jaguar’s latest restorations are the closest thing.
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