JAGUAR HERITAGE REBIRTHING 10 E-TYPES

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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.

Tim Hannig, Director, Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The launch of E-type Reborn is a hugely exciting development for Jaguar Classic. The E-type is the most iconic sports car of all time, so we are delighted to be able to give new life to expertly selected examples for discerning customers around the world to own and enjoy.

“The resources and information available to Jaguar Classic’s expert technicians are unrivalled, which results in the most authentic E-type restorations possible.”

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.

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IS THIS A SWALLOW SIDECAR IN AUSTRALIA?

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I have never seen a period image of a Swallow Sidecar in Australia, but am no expert on those various models.

However, I just saw this on Facebook in a totally different forum, and it looks like it could be one to me.

The caption read:  “Charles Pratt with motorcycle Princes Highway near Cann River Victoria.

“Charles Pratt wearing cyclists overcoat goggles and hat standing on dirt track next to a motorbike with sidecar another bike.”

I assume it was the same Pratt from the huge motorcycle business once in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne city and close to where Brylaw Motors (Bryson) sold their first Jaguars in 1946.

Can anyone identify the sidecar for sure?  If it is one – this is a first I believe.

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F-PACE AND RANGIE SVRS TESTING IN COLORADO – carscoops.com

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Jaguar Land Rover recently brought a fleet of prototypes to Colorado and among them were prototypes of both the Jaguar F-Pace SVR and the facelifted Range Rover Sport SVR.
Starting with the F-Pace SVR, it was bathed in black and white camouflage and like other recent prototypes, outfitted with an aggressive front bumper that appears to be hiding a set of huge air intakes. A set of black wheels with Y-shaped spokes also help to separate this prototype from a run-of-the-mill F-Pace.

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In standard guise, the F-Pace is one of the best handling and most dynamic SUV’s on the market but with the SVR, things will be taken to an entirely different level.

Power will probably come from the firm’s range-topping 5.0-liter supercharged V8 delivering between 500 hp and 575 hp, more than enough to show the Porsche Macan Turbo and Alfa Romeo Stelvio Quadrifoglio a thing or two.

As for the refreshed Range Rover Sport SVR, it looks set to arrive for the 2018 model year and seems to be outfitted with tweaked headlights and modified front air intakes. The current model delivers 550 hp from its 5.0-liter V8 but in facelifted guise, that figure could move closer to the 575 hp mark.

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SUBSCRIPTION LINK FIXED

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Our good friend and contributor in Texas Ron Wallis has informed me that the subscription link on our website has been going to the e-mail subscription and not the hardcopy magazine.

Our tech man Mike Shaw has now sorted that – so if you are looking to subscribe to our magazine and have it delivered in your letter or post office box you can now go to www.jaguarmagazine.com and do that.

Good old computers – love them and hate them sometimes!

 

 

WELL – LIVING AND LEARNING ABOUT FAMOUS D-TYPES

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We have seen this works 1955 Long Nose Le Mans D-Type built for the Cunningham team – twice.  But we haven’t looked hard enough.

That’s even after our major feature on the great Briggs Cunningham in the current edition of Jaguar Magazine.

The rare Long Nose D-Types all had longer bonnets of course, but they also had much wider head rests and tail fins which distinguished them from the production cars.

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In our coming edition we highlight no less than three of the five Long Nose cars built in 1955, of which one was trashed (the Le Mans winner) by Jaguar, one was a reserve – and the other three all ended up in the US with Briggs Cunningham’s team.

You will see exclusive images of those three cars which were all rolled and badly damaged at one race meeting – on one weekend in 1956.

Two of those were later cut up by Jaguar Cars having been repaired by Cunningham, but Briggs kept his XKD507. However, what we didn’t know was that it was rebuilt with a production model headrest, to which was attached the distinctive Alfred Momo fin – Momo being the team’s chief engineer.

Later, the same Long Nose car was fitted with a passenger side door and also a convertible soft top roof by the Cunningham team.  It still has the door.

We missed all of that!

 

The stories of the lives of D-Types in particular goes on.  In our next edition you will see a set of colour images of a monstrous roll over of one car in 1956.

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