Lost Jaguar E-type to be restored

Lost Jaguar E-type to be restored

E-Type UK, the specialist restorer of Jaguar’s iconic sports car, is to complete an extensive restoration of a stunning E-type Series 1 4.2 open two-seater with a unique history. Rolling off the production line nearly 57 years ago, in December 1964, just three months later the car’s short, but intense, life was cut short after an incident at Snetterton Race Circuit, Norfolk.


Owned and driven by infamous Yorkshire millionaire Tom Casson, the Series 1 4.2 crashed at high speed into a tyre wall on track. Fortunately, damage remained largely cosmetic. The side impact damaged numerous body panels, but preserved most mechanical components.

The Series 1 4.2 remained in its broken state throughout Casson’s ownership, with a mere 2,805 miles on the odometer. The car was sold the following year, in 1966. The new owner retained the low-mileage example for 40 years, not allowing the car to turn a wheel once throughout this period. Cosmetic repairs were applied, however, with a much-needed new door, floor pan, rear wing, sill and bonnet fitted.

Now in the hands of E-Type UK, the Series 1 4.2 will be revived to a condition worthy of the car’s iconic status. Upon initial inspection prior to the strip-down process, E-Type UK’s engineers began to find countless signs of originality, lending to the car’s decades-old story of its short and tragic life.

Boasting original features throughout, the Series 1’s factory-fitted fuel tank, brake reservoir pipes, bonnet locking-latches and period-dated ignition coil remain intact, ready to be carefully preserved and refurbished.

As JW went to press the car was prepped for the blasting process to remove any remnants of rust that may compromise the structural rigidity of the car – the true condition of this injured icon will soon be revealed.

The car’s original seats and dashboard top remain in a condition whereby they can be compassionately restored using expert leather repair techniques, bringing the cabin back to its former luxurious standard.

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