Monthly Archiv: October, 2013

Winterizing for the Year End.

What a great day for these beauties to enjoy their last day out to play.

Nearing the end of our driving season on the coast, now is the time to winterize the car for storage.

We recommend checking coolant for antifreeze, keeping tire pressures up, putting fuel stabilizer in the system (before the last drive) and positioning the soft top up to prevent shrinkage.

Black Beauty E-Type sells for $467,500 USD!

**Sold for a record $467,500 USD!

As a counter punch to our last feature, here is the 1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2-Litre Roadster chassis 1E11911, a three-time 100-point JCNA National Champion that RM Auctions will offer at their Art of the Automobile sale on 21 November 2013.

RM Describe the car which is likely to beat all previous records: “Notably, “Black Beauty” was the name her restorers gave her, and it is how this amazing E-Type has become known on the concours circuit. Few E-Types have ever been restored to this standard, and perhaps none have been so all-conquering on the field, or so accepted by the factory as a standard of perfection. Black Beauty is not just another E-Type; it is a world-class Jaguar with attention to detail that is as striking as its very shape.”

The spectacular images are from studio photographer Michael Furmann who is doing similar photos for every car in the auction catalog.

This E-Type, chassis IE11911, was brought to the Jaguar specialists at Classic Showcase. When it arrived, it was still wearing its original interior and paint, and it was an excellent “survivor,” with 71,000 actual miles. The originality of the car provided a perfect candidate for a comprehensive rotisserie restoration to modern show standards. Photo by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

The body (number 4E3351) was stripped to the bare metal, mounted on a rotisserie, and properly metal-finished with lead to ensure smooth, straight panels. All body parts and chrome were then test-fitted to the body, to ensure a proper fit, before the body was correctly painted and refinished in an elegant Black, with an amazingly deep shine and finish. The brightwork was all triple-plated to the highest of concours standards, for an amazing shine. Photo by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions.

The original, matching-numbers 4.2-liter engine (number 7E6555-9, mated to gearbox number EJ5705) was rebuilt to factory specifications by being machined and calibrated with new pistons, an oil pump, a timing chain, bearings, valves, guides, and seals. The head and carburetors were fully rebuilt, and the driveshaft was properly balanced. As with all aspects of this restoration, New Old Stock parts were used extensively, whenever possible. Photo by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions

The interior was fitted with new, custom-tailored materials, including new seats, carpet, door panels, and dashboard covering. The top bows were fully restored before being fitted with a new black convertible top that was custom-sewn and fitted to original specifications. Even the correct and difficult to duplicate “shot bag,” a narrow tube of lead shot that prevents the top from billowing in the wind, was sewn and installed to ensure a completely accurate restoration. All dashboard instruments, the switchgear, and knobs were properly restored, including the Blaupunkt radio. Photo by Michael Furman ©2013 Courtesy of RM Auctions

Only Original Once, 40th XKE Coupe Found by Coys

UPDATE: Sold for £88,000! (~$141,600 USD or $147,900 CAD)

We highly encourage any of our customers to head over to England and buy this E-Type. We will let you be first in the cue for a full resto!

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Coys are proud to announce that they have unearthed a collection of cars from France including the 40th right-hand drive E-Type Coupe which will be on offer at their The Spirit of Motoring, Ascot sale on October 26th.

What’s more exciting about this offer is the fact that chassis 860040 is completely unrestored and retains the bulk of its original factory fit and finish.

Coys specialists found the car in France where it had been sitting in dry storage since July 1974! That storage may have been dry, but the moisture in the air was not kind to the iron which is now attempting to return back to its original rust state.

None-the-less, this Jag leaves the next owner with the tough decision on how far to take the refurbishment.

860040 sits among a 1966 Austin Mini Mk1 Super De Lux and 1971 MG B GT from the same collection in France. Image by Coys of Kensington.

In 1974 860040 was painted by its current owner from the original color scheme of Warwick Grey with Dark Blue interior to what he describes as Aubergine (Eggplant in French). Image by Coys of Kensington.

The Jag looks somewhat purposeful with its missing front bumper and painted on French license number. Image by Coys of Kensington

The RHD interior shows dilapidated, but entirely original door panels. Leather on the front seats shows a nice even patina. Image by Coys of Kensington.

View of the luggage area is not as pretty with obvious signs that the shelf floor was out and not stored properly. Spare tire cover sits is on top. Image by Coys of Kensington.

Engine bay shows the venerable 3.8 as somewhat grimey, corroded, but complete. Coys reports that the engine does turn over. Image by Coys of Kensington

Exhaust side does not look as good. Obvious signs of Type 1 corrosion that will need careful, loving attention.

A slightly out-of-focus shot depicts the original color for the early 3.8 cylinder head. Image by Coys of Kensington.

The original data tag has warped over time, but is in remarkably good condition. 860040 is generally the 40th E-type coupe produced. Image by Coys of Kensington.

Jetstream Reinvisioned

Today we finally had a look at the new facilities set up by Jason Stoch of Jetstream Custom Auto. The size of the new building probably makes it the largest restoration facility in BC, with separate space for painting, clean builds and trimming.

As usual, the influx and variety of jobs shows the capability the of Jason and his head painter Sean W of Punisher Paint to tackle any job.

The Building is massive from the outside. Located at the rear of Peninsula Mini Storage 2072 Henry Avenue.

Owner/Operator Jason Stoch and Austin Healey afficianto Earl Kagna overlook the Florida Green Healey while a stripped BJ8 in behind is just getting started.

Up front is the clean area for Mechanic and final build work.

No task is too big for Jetsream. Here they are modifying an old Morgan body to fit on a Honda S2000 chassis.

The paint prep area has its own lift and plenty of space. In the forefront is a fabulous Ferrari 330 GTC.

1956 Thunderbird and Austin-Healey 3000 await final top coats from Sean W of Punisher Paint.

Plenty of space for Sean W to mix up Dupont’s finest. The metallic colors this system can produce is astounding.