E-Type Jaguar Coupé
The Jaguar E-Type was built between 1961 and 1974 and went through a number of variations over that period. The Series 1 was launched initially in Fixed Head Coupé and convertible configurations with a triple SU carburetted, 3.8 litre, six-cylinder, Jaguar XK6 engine derived from the XK 150S. All E-Types featured independent coil spring rear suspension with torsion bar front ends and four wheel disc brakes. The Series 1 is instantly recognisable by its glass-covered headlights (up to 1967), small "mouth" opening at the front, signal lights and tail-lights above bumpers and exhaust tips under the number plate in the rear.
The first job to do on this car was to set about removing the exhaust manifold using, as can be seen from the photograph, copious amounts of WD40 and a persuasive copper mallet.
The brake reservoir had broken away from the bulhead.
Side and rear views of the car's interior. The car is obviously right hand drive and the toggle switches can be clearly seen. American regulations dictated that these switches be changed to rocker switches necessitating a complete dashboard redesign.
Work is progressing well on stripping the shell down to the bare metal.
Front and rear views of the stripped shell.
A refurbished E-Type bonnet lurking in a corner of the workshop.
Rebuilt rear suspension unit showing double coil springs and anti-roll bar.