25 Oct 1964 Jaguar E-type Restoration – The Restoration Begins
We are so thrilled to restore this 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 Roadster to offer for sale. This Jaguar E-type Series I roadster found in a storage unit in South Charlotte, NC as we purchased it. This Jaguar was being sold by the owner’s (who bought the car in the mid 1970s) son. His father partially disassembled the car in 1981 with hope of restoring it, but it never worked out. This E-type has been sitting in dry storage ever since. We believe there was one owner before the family we purchased the car from. Jaguar archives confirmed this is indeed a matching numbers car and the original colors were Cream with Black interior. It was originally built on May of 1964. We have not decided if we are going back to Cream, as there were a lot of gorgeous colors offered in 1964 (Opalescent Gunmetal). We will most likely go with a dark red interior. This car is offered for sale completed and can be built to specification for the next owner. More pictures and info listed below.
In storage in Charlotte, NC with the tires deflated as the car has been sitting at this dry location since 1981. I was amazed at how straight and clean the body is and there is no signs of rust or accident damage. The car is complete with all parts organized.
Here she is back in our shop with the old tires filled with air and ready for disassembly.
With the bonnet taken off, the original colored frame rails look like they were repainted at some point. They are straight, with no kinks or damage. Also, the engine is NOT frozen and does turn to my relief!
The original radiator and original fan taken out. It will probably be the last time the original radiator is in this car as we will be switching to an aluminum radiator and electric cooling fan.
The dash and all gauges will be removed. A new dash pad will be installed and gauges will be restored. Also new toggle switches will be installed.
The floors, lower rocker panels, frame rails, trailing arms and front end all look to be in good original condition. The floors look to be in great original condition as can be seen top side as well.
Up on jack stands for more disassembly. All the wiring will be coming out with brand new wiring going in the entire car. The rear end is coming out and the front end will be disassembled. All brake systems, wiper motor, washer reservoir etc. will be removed. It will then go on a rotisserie before it gets media blasted.
The front frame rail is stamped with the original chassis number of 881524. This car was built on May 4th of 1964.
The original engine out of the car and will be disassembled to be rebuilt. A new clutch kit will be installed as well.
Matching original engine number of RA6796-9 on the engine head.
Matching original engine number on the block of RA 6796-9
Matching original transmission number of EB14955 JS.
The Jaguar Heritage certificate confirming all the numbers and original colors. Do we go back to the original colors or to a a correct color offered for the year?!