Owen Automotive is excited to share the discovery and purchase of 1962 Jaguar E-Type FHC chassis 885307 from a barn in Surrey BC, CANADA. It has not been seen since long-term storage starting in 1976.
This is an important discovery for early E-Type Coupes as this is the the 307th LHD Coupe of only 500 with the early design features such as welded-in hood louvres and a flat floor.
Furthermore this car is fully matching numbers with its original and rebuilt engine, cylinder head and all the date-coded components including the starter, generator, distributor, hydraulic master cylinders, washer motor and wiper motor.
This car was purchased in 1968 from Montreal and subsequently spent its life on the west coast of BC with Guy W. Newman of Newtronics Industries Ltd. audio and video systems. At his time it was fitted with an Eight-Track stereo and likely seen at Honey Bear’s Disco on 571 Seymour St in Vancouver BC.
We have purchased it in a state of disassembly and engine rebuild which began in 1976. That leaves us with the task of continuing the work to reunite engine R2938 with car. At one point the owner stored his engine in the master bedroom which might explain the white paint and chrome hardware.
For our car he said there “wasn’t much of a backstory.” So at least here we get a chance:
We started this car October 5th, 2017 with the request to have the car fully restored by summer so the owner and his aging friend could go on one last epic trip.
It was a tall order, and almost everybody didn’t believe it could be done, but the car was fully stripped, mechanically rebuilt and comprehensively restored in seven months, completed one day before the show.
This was only possible with the talents of:
Dana Ferguson – Owner
Michael Owen – Owen Automotive
Richard Owen – Owen Automotive
Jason Stoch – Jetstream Custom Auto
Sean Barnes – Jetstream Custom Auto
Eli Layfield – Jetstream Custom Auto
Dave – Jetstream Custom Auto
Geoff Chrysler – Rightway Heritage Trimming
Scotty – Blast It! Do-it-yourself Sandblasting LTD
William Wigglesworth – SNG Barratt USA
Frank Vieira – SNG Barratt USA
Randy Hunter – Electro Shine Metal Finishers Ltd.
Hugh Pite – Original Parts Supply
Mike Eck – www.jaguarclock.com/
Oliver Bienz – Instument Repair.
At Techno Classica this weekend Jaguar-Land Rover revealed their new E-Type Reborn program.
Lucky for us Autogefühl was on hand to interview and show us Jaguar’s intention.
Furthermore Jaguar Classic are now offering a range of bodypanels for the e-type.
(Ryton-on-Dunsmore, UK – 31 March 2017) Jaguar Classic will debut its first ‘Reborn’ Jaguar E-type at the Techno-Classica Essen show in April. An initial batch of 10 expertly sourced and comprehensively restored examples of the iconic E-type are now offered for sale direct from the new Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works facility in the UK.
E-type Reborn is a complete service from Jaguar Classic, which offers prospective customers the unique opportunity to purchase an original and highly collectible E-type direct from the vehicle’s original manufacturer. The launch of E-type Reborn is a first for Jaguar and extends the successful initiative previously introduced for Land Rover’s Series I and Range Rover Classic models, which will also be on show at Essen.
Every E-type Reborn, which starts with a base vehicle sourced by Jaguar’s E-type experts, is completely restored according to the company’s original 1960s factory specification. Unique access to build records and original drawings held by the Jaguar Heritage Trust, and the team’s decades of experience in restoration up to concours-winning standard, ensure absolute authenticity. Jaguar Classic Parts are used throughout, to maximise the vehicle’s quality, longevity and collectability.
The first vehicle to go through the complete E-type Reborn process is an Opalescent Gunmetal Grey Series 1 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe. Originally exported to California in May 1965, the car recorded 78,000 miles before being stored in 1983. It retains its original matching numbers bodyshell, engine and gearbox, all of which have been completely rebuilt by Jaguar Classic technicians.
As much of the original vehicle as possible is retained or refurbished to correct specifications, while any safety-critical parts are replaced with new items from Jaguar Classic Parts. Body panels from Jaguar Classic’s reverse-engineered panel programme are fitted where necessary, to remove corrosion and restore the E-type’s iconic looks with the best fit possible. The E-type Reborn team’s meticulous attention to detail even extends to recreating the correct type of spot-welding when refitting those panels.
A number of sympathetic upgrades from later E-types can be incorporated into the restoration process at extra cost, subject to the customer’s wishes, including improved cooling (using Lightweight E-type-derived parts), all-synchromesh gearbox (if not fitted to the vehicle originally), or Series 2 front brake calipers.
Prices for E-type Reborn restorations from Jaguar Classic are dependent on specification, starting from £285,000.