Jaguar E-Type Looks Incredible After 2,500 Hour Restoration

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The experts over at Hilton & Moss have lovingly refurbished the British icon.

Designed to capture the spirit and style of the iconic E-Type (known as the XK-E in the United States), the Jaguar F-Type is the most exciting thing to come out of Coventry since the iconic XJ220 supercar of the '90s. As stunning as the modern-day equivalent may be, it's got nothing on the wheeled sculpture that Enzo Ferrari once described as "the most beautiful car in the world."

The electric restomod trend has seen many convert the British icon into a classic EV, something that doesn't go down well with traditionalists. Thankfully, this particular 1963 series 1 has retained its glorious straight-six engine after going through a painstaking 2,500-hour restoration. Now resplendent in Opalescent Golden Sand, the '60s classic didn't always look this perfect.

In its early days, this E-Type emigrated to the sunny state of California to live out a glamorous life. Sadly, things didn't work out quite as well and the elegant cat was relegated to a barn and quickly forgotten.

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When discovered, the Jag was in a poor state but, thankfully, the dry Californian climate preserved this entirely original classic. Sent back to its homeland, Hilton & Moss took it upon themselves to carefully restore this wheeled piece of automotive art. After a stringent assessment and inspection, the E-Type was stripped down in preparation for its nut and bolt refurbishment.

Before its respray, the svelte beauty was first coated with a polyester primer and grey primer, before being placed on a rollover jig. It's on this piece of equipment where the Jaguar received a respray in its original Opalescent Golden Sand hue, a color that suits the curvaceous sheet metal perfectly. It's not just the exterior that's received a makeover, though.

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Hilton Group
Hilton Group

Hilton & Moss says the XJS predecessor also received brand new rubber seals and fixings throughout. Subtle restomodding tactics have been applied; the E-Type now sports a five-speed manual transmission (a four-speed was standard fitment), along with a more modern electric power steering and ignition setup.

Sadly, the restoration specialists haven't shared any images of the handcrafted interior but, from what we can see, it sports a dark color scheme. Not much has changed within the compact cabin, save for the addition of a contemporary sound system with Bluetooth functionality. It's certainly one of the best E-Types we've seen in some time, but this white-painted example is equally striking.

"Our restoration offering is the most emotive and impactful expression of that passion, turning back time through peerless care and dedication to give owners' pride and joy a new lease of life once more. It makes me extremely proud of what we can offer, and we look forward to continuing to bring more joy to owners," said Hilton Group Founder, Peter Hilton.

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