Dealer Focus: E-Type UK, The Jaguar E-Type specialists

Founded in 2008, E-Type UK is one of the leading authorities for sales, restoration, maintenance and upgrades for the iconic Jaguar E-Type.

E-Type UK was born out of passion for a truly iconic car that it wanted to see return to its former glory. Thanks to its knowledgeable, skilled and committed workforce, the company has moved from strength to strength and now prides itself on providing the ultimate E-Type experience.

Under the control of father and son duo Dominic and Marcus Holland, E-Type UK has single-model expertise – all of E-Type UK’s work is performed on the E-Type alone, allowing it to be innovative and push the boundaries.

The company specialises in E-Type upgrades, including pioneering V12 and XK fuel-injection systems, as well as five-speed gearboxes. These are just two ways E-Type UK is able to add something extra special and completely unique to the driving experience while retaining originality and remaining true to the marque.

Staff members have won countless awards for their restoration work – including at Salon Privé and Villa d’Este concours events – owned the legendary E-Type themselves and are truly passionate about all classic cars. Between them, the team has decades upon decades of experience at the highest level of classic restoration and maintenance.

60 years of the world’s most beautiful car

The Jaguar E-type was first revealed to the world at the Geneva Motor Show 60 years ago, quickly becoming a cultural phenomenon and a verified automotive icon. The world had fallen in love with one of the most beautiful cars ever imagined and – with a price of around £45,000 in today’s money – owning the fastest car on the road all of a sudden wasn’t a pipedream for many.

To kickstart celebrations of 60 years of the E-type, E-Type UK is shining a light on some of its latest fabulous examples available in the showroom:

1965 SERIES 1 4.2 RHD FHC

Specifically upgraded with a larger engine and more luxurious interior to make it more suitable for the American market, the Series 1 4.2 is one of the most desirable E-type models in today’s market. This particular 1965 fixed-head coupe, with only three owners spanning across the five decades of its lifetime, has been subject to a no-expense spared restoration by E-Type UK’s dedicated team of expert engineers, completed over three years. 

Not a traditional restoration, the client approached E-Type UK with the challenge of building a bespoke and modified classic, reliable enough to be driven in today’s daily traffic. Treated with a raft of upgrades by E-Type UK, this car is now fitted with a bespoke fuel injected straight-six to ‘fast road specification’ and an upgraded five-speed gearbox. With grooved and vented front disc brakes and AP Racing four-pot calipers, as well as adjustable shocks and coilovers and a full stainless-steel sports exhaust system, this car is an authentic blend of modern performance and period character. 

For everyday creature comforts, the car has also been treated to air conditioning, power steering, and a period-look radio with MP3 connectivity to bring it up to 21st century standards.

Finished in Jaguar’s heritage colours, Dark Blue with Oxblood Red interior, this performance Coupe has been sparingly used and stored since its restoration – making it the perfect car for any E-type enthusiast.

1961 SERIES 1 3.8 LHD ROADSTER

The 407th left-hand-drive chassis to roll off the production line in 1961, this E-type roadster has been expertly restored to its former glory offering a fantastic early ‘60s example. The highly sought-after model has many of the desirable features that E-type aficionados look for: a ‘flat floor’ body, original 3.8 litre straight-six ­­– regarded by many as the greatest engine of all time – welded bonnet louvres, Pumpkin Orange cylinder head, polka dot aluminium centre console and butler rear light. However, the E-type also comes equipped a host of reliability upgrades including a new aluminium radiator and power steering, ensuring it performs even better than it did 60 years ago.

Finished in period correct Gunmetal over Red, this eye-catching model possesses a rich motoring history on the other side of the Atlantic. A truly exemplary model of an early Flat Floor Series 1, Chassis 407 is presented in pristine condition, representing the perfect opportunity to own one of the purest possible examples of this automotive icon.

1965 SERIES 1 4.2 RHD FHC

This highly desirable original right-hand classic is certain to turn heads with its heritage Carmen Red and Black trim colour scheme. Prior to undergoing an E-Type UK restoration in 2016, this highly usable model had been cherished by its previous owners. 

Today the example has been built for use, treated to an engine rebuild of its original 4.2 litre straight-six and 4-speed manual gearbox, ensuring consistent reliability. During the work, the engine bay was completely stripped, the ancillaries cleaned, a new wiring loom installed and the carburettors were completely rebuilt. 

Setting up the car for years of happy motoring, E-Type UK also completely stripped and media blasted the bodyshell, removing and repairing areas of corrosion, fitting new sills, floor sections and rear outer wings in the process.

For a subtle performance upgrade, four-piston front brakes, electronic ignition and uprated cooling were also added to bring a series of performance and reliability upgrades desired by potential owners in the modern day.

Covering less than 1,300 miles in the last three years and complete with a detailed history documenting its restoration, this Series 1 remains box fresh and has plenty of life left to be enjoyed by its next enthusiast. 

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