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Gorgeous E-Type OTS from Monterey

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While down in Monterey I spotted this gorgeous 1962 Jaguar E-Type owned by Randall Smalley of Mesa, Arizona: both at the Carmel Concours-by-the-Sea and during the 2015 Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.

According to the heritage certificate this E-Type, chassis 876040 was completed in November of 1961 and painted Opalescent Bronze with Beige interior for its first owner, J.L. Rein in Santa Monica, California.

On the great xkdata.com, 876040 is listed as sold at Barrett-Jackson in 2002 for $102,600 USD and Sports Car Market reported it was “one of the best in the world” at the time.

Looking at http://www.jcna.com, this car scored an impressive 99.040 at the JOCLA Concours.

Just pouring over the details it appears alot of passion and hard work went into a fit and finish of this caliber. It retains the J-62 tag issued only for the California state.

The owner reports that at the time this car cost “$5,595 against the Coupé’s $5,895, the Mk2’s $5,095 and the MK10’s $7,384.”

Jaguar Return to Racing.

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Today Jaguar is anouncing their return to motorsport and will contend the FIA Formula E Championship in 2016.

They will enter the third season of the all-electric championship which uses a common car designed by Dallara with the team’s choice of engine supplier.

Jaguar will use Williams Advanced Engineering for their powertrain who partnered with Jaguar on the development of the Jaguar C-X75 plug-in hybrid concept car.

E-Type 1E32915 Found

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This week we secured ownership of a very interesting 1967 Jaguar E-Type Coupe, serial 1E32915.

It had toured Victoria in the 1970s or early 1980s fitted with a Shelby Cobra engine. Fortunately the install was uninvasive, leaving the engine frames and picture frame intact. Futhermore, by some miracle, the original jaguar bits were saved for the XK engine including the harness rolled up near the firewall.

From what we can tell the car was painted from Primrose Yellow to bright red in the 1980s and the car was never put completely back together. So it sat for 35 odd years until just recently.

Upon close inspection this appears to be a Black on Black car from the factory which was somewhat rare. The mileage of 45XXX could be accurate aswell.

Plan is to use our MkX engine for this car and get it on the road. More to come.

Moss Motors tackles Electrics

Today Moss Motors released a set of videos called Identifying And Finding A Short Circuit. It’s a good primer for the novice before attempting any electrical work on an old car:

To lighten the mood let’s throw some Lucas bashing in the mix:

Lucas – Inventor of the first intermittent wiper.

Lucas – Inventor of the self-dimming headlamp.

The three position Lucas switch – Dim, Flicker and Off.

Why do the English drink warm beer? Lucas refrigerators.

What is the motto at Lucas Electric? A good day’s work and Home Before Dark

The Original Anti-Theft Device – Lucas Electrics.

Back in the 70′s, Lucas decided to diversify its product line and began manufacturing vacuum cleaners. It was the only product they offered which did not suck.

“I have had a Lucas pacemaker for years and have never had any trou…”

In the shop: 1969 Triumph Tr6

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Today we had numerous interesting cars come into the shop including Geoff and Nikky Cramb’s 1969 Triumph TR6.

This first-year-model has all the hallmarks of the early TR6 including the rare hubcabs that were also fitted to the 250 TR250. The steering wheel and seats also set it apart from later editions.

Geoff’s car is also special as it comes from California which preserved the many original bits including the soft-top by VBack Plastics.

We also sold Geoff 4 new Vredestein Sprint Classic tires in 185HR15 which were fresh off the boat and fabricated just earlier this year Holland.