Name: 1961 Jaguar E-Type GT Fixed Head Coupe
Year(s) Produced: 1961-1968
Number Built: 7,669
Class: Sports car
Body Type: 2-door coupe
Engine: Jaguar XK6 3.8-Litre
Power: 265hp @ 5500 RPM
0-60mph: 6.4 seconds
Top Speed: 140mph
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Length/width/height: 175.4 in/65.25 in/48.125 in
Wheelbase: 96 in.
Base Price: US$5,895 (NADA)
Current Value: US$185,000 (Hagerty)
UK-based Classic Motor Cars (CMC) restoration firm is in the forefront of restoring Jaguars in their former glory. This time they have taken on the challenge of bringing back to life a great barn find: that of the 1961 Chassis 15 Jaguar E-Type.
Originally owned by an Englishman who bought it in 1976, he had been toying with the idea of restoring this classic until he lost interest. For more than 20 years, this Jaguar just sat idly in his garden covered with tarpaulin. When the owner died, his widow contacted CMC to have the car restored as a project for the new owner. It took a total of 1800 man hours to restore this E-Type Jaguar, with a total cost of $227,000 plus VAT.
I guess such cost is justifiable considering that The Jaguar E-Type was voted the greatest car of all time last August of 2014, beating Aston Martins, Rolls Royces and the VW Beetle to the crown. This 1961 iconic car was also given the award by new Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers , picking up 32 per cent of the vote. In the final analysis Eight British cars made the top 10, with Mike Brewer, the show’s car trading expert, saying: ‘This underlines the incredible heritage of British car manufacturing, where originality, style and performance have been the hallmarks of many of our greatest cars.’
Check out these photos and see how this barn-find of a Jaguar got his roar back.