Restoring a classic car (or any car for that matter) to its original glory is expensive, no matter what you say. Quite frankly, there are good reasons why. For starters, you need to find all the right original parts that may not be in production anymore, and factor in the manpower and hard work required to do the job of bringing the car back to life.
Once complete though it may be worth it... just take a look at this fully restored Jaguar E-Type.
The beautifully restored Jaguar seen here was worked on by One of Britain’s leading E-Type specialists, E-Type UK. The model in question, a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 FHC, was a barn find and had been left sitting inside a garage since 1979. Today, it looks as good as if it just rolled out of the factory floor.
While the E-Type may look preserved and “rot-free”, a strip-down of the body and sandblasting revealed how much work the vehicle needed. According to E-Type UK, sections of the body had to be replaced as they were too rotten to save including most areas of the floor and the inner and outer sills. On top of replacing body sections, the chassis was also strengthened.
After the metalwork, the bodywork specialists set out to restore the coupe’s iconic lines. The car was cleaned, skimmed and block sanded in order to obtain the E-type’s original shape down to the door gaps. A new red vinyl bonnet mouth was added by request of the owner. Inside, the cabin was re-trimmed in Oxblood Red leather interior paired with fresh chrome work.
The suspension was then refurbished and was coupled with upgraded brake calipers and brake pads. The original 3.8-liter XK6 engine was reworked to improve drivability and reliability. E-Type UK also fitted a new 5-speed transmission, a full stainless steel exhaust, and an aluminum radiator.
So if you have deep pockets, why not restore your dream car? It’s going to be expensive, but seeing your dream car looking like new is priceless.