1968 JAGUAR XKE Series 1:
The body was completely stripped down and fully dismantled this original rust-free one owner California car. The bare metal undercarriage was seam sealed, rust-proofed, and painted as the rest of the car. We performed a proper conversion to fit glass covered headlamps. Great attention was paid to having proper shut lines and even panel gaps. The complete restoration was photo documented.
A new and complete black leather interior kit as original has been fitted. The interior was supplied by Original Specification Jaguar Interiors. "Dynamat" was used throughout the interior and trunk, as well as the original jute insulation, to keep the car quiet and comfortable. The convertible top frame has been restored and fitted with a new vinyl top. The top boot cover is also new. The original radio is fitted, however not wired in at this time.
Original Engine, with numbers matching Jaguar Heritage Certificate, completely Rebuilt to the highest standards using genuine Jaguar parts. A modern style rear main seal was adapted to eliminate the troublesome oil leaking original rope seal. With the fitment of Triple SU Carburettors and a modern 123 electronic distributor, along with a new original spec stainless steel exhaust this 4.2L Jaguar has the proper "Growl" and performs better than when new. A new Alloy radiator filled with "Evans" waterless non-toxic coolant along with an improved cooling fan keeps this cat running cool and reliable.
Original Transmission was completely overhauled as well as new clutch and hydraulics. This gearbox shifts smoothly and effortlessly. No noises or grinding. The overall driving experience is that of a new car.
The front suspension components were all rebuilt using uprated parts such as poly-urethane bushings. All of the main suspension components were nickel plated as original for superior corossion protection and superior asthetic appeal.
The front & rear brakes were completely overhauled. The front brake calipers have been uprated with Wilwood brake calipers and brake pads. Once again the main components such as calipers and handbrakes were nickel plated. This Jaguar has been fitted with new brake master cylinder, servo assembly, and stainless brake lines.
The rear suspension as well as the differential have been overhauled and professionally painted and detailed.
The majority of the chrome plating was re-plated by Van Nuys Plating in California to the original Superior type Hexavalent Triple Chrome Plating. A few pieces were left original to preserve some patina.
The wire wheels are brand new Chrome Rim/Stainless Spoke Dayton's. We chose a 15x6 "Center-Lace" wire wheel for better visual appeal and better handling with 215/65-15 Pirelli P4 Tires.
The story: We purchased this car early in 2014 from its original Southern California. After the car arrived back at our shop, we began a full restoration. It has been many years since we have seen such an original rust-free survivor car. We have been a Jaguar Specialist shop restoring E-Types for over 35 years - since 1980.
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