Bespoke Jaguar E-type commissioned by customer is pure artwork
Best known for giving tired old Jaguar cars a new lease on life, Jaguar Classics has showcased its new creation in the form of a bespoke E-type for a special client.
Revealed at Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee Pageant on 5 June 2022, the exclusive Jaguar E-type was commissioned by a customer who has specific requirements and wanted a roadster made in the year he was born.
To meet the client’s needs, Jaguar Classics set to work and tracked down a Series 1 E-type that was built just two days after the customer’s date of birth. It took Jaguar Classics a full year to work on the car, from a complete rebuild starting with the bodywork to what you see in the pictures.
Finished in a unique deep metallic blue, inspired by the blue of the Union Jack, the new blue, was exclusively mixed by the paint shop following numerous consultations and sample creations to craft the perfect hue over several months.
The renovation features as well as a comprehensive list of enhancements were carried out by the team of experts at Classic Works. As for the interior, it features striking leather upholstery finished in a shade of red influenced by the legendary British pillar boxes.
According to bespoke Lead Engineer at Jaguar Classic, Stephen Hollis, being able to bring a customer’s vision for their dream E-type to life is hugely rewarding. The result is a complete one-off that showcases the full breadth of capabilities provided by the team at Jaguar Classic.
The interior is further equipped with modern technologies such as a Classic Infotainment system which consists of touchscreen controls, satellite navigation and Bluetooth. The exterior, on the other hand, lurks modern LED lighting and illumination.
A unique plate and dashboard plaque as well as one-off E-type features – inspired by the limited E-type 60 Collection – complete the look of the special vehicle.
The new owner said: “I wanted a classic E-type that could be relied upon for daily driving and be comfortable on Grand Tours while remaining authentic to the original – and I’m blown away by the results. You sense the history and knowledge when you enter the Jaguar Classic Works facility and even after several visits, I still get excited to be in the building. I’m so proud of the car the passionate team there has created, and I’m privileged to be part of its story.”
Underneath, the bespoke Jaguar E-type does away with the original car’s 4.2-litre straight-six for a larger 4.7-litre unit. The power outputs remain unknown at this stage but Jaguar Classics says it delivers ‘superior performance’. The engine is mated to a specially developed 5-speed gearbox, for a smoother, quieter and more refined driving experience.
Other enhanced features include an uprated suspension and brakes. The E-type rides on wider wheels for superior grip. Jaguar Classics has thrown a sports exhaust and manifold into the mix.
Although the whole project was bespoke, E-type owners can purchase certain elements such as the 5-speed gearbox and Classic Infotainment system.