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E Type Jaguar Series III restoration in Sydney

Nicholas wanted his E Type Jaguar Series III returned to almost new mechanically and aesthetically. See how we restored this beautiful sports car
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A Jaguar E Type restoration in Sydney

  • Jaguar Series III V12 partial restoration
  • New exhaust system for an E Type
  • Upgraded suspension for an E Type
  • Full mechanical check and recommission for road use.

Our car workshop in Brookvale has been maintaining and restoring classic cars for nearly 30 years. We specialise in classic car mechanical services with many of our customers regularly bringing their sports cars to us for maintenance or repairs.

One of the unique aspects of our business is that we can also help with full or partial restorations for a classic sports car like a Jaguar E Type. This Series III with its classic V12 had been sitting in storage for a number of years. Nicholas decided it was time to get it recommissioned and he wanted everything to be restored so that it looked ‘like new’ both mechanically and aesthetically. 

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If you decide to restore a sports car, whether it is British, Italian, German or from another country, no matter the marque or model the process that we go through is always the same. We make sure you are making all the decisions needed to suit your intended application for the vehicle (road or track use) as well as your budget.

What we typically do when someone asks us about restoring a classic car like a Jaguar E Type is;

  • An initial free phone consultation to understand the history of the vehicle, your requirements and if we are a good fit to be working together. It’s important to build chemistry and rapport at this early stage because some projects might take 6 months or a few years depending how extensive they are, so we have to work closely together.
 
  • If the vehicle is able to be driven we’ll invite you to our workshop so we can put the car on a hoist and have a good look at it, you can also meet our team and see our facilities as well.
 
  • If the car isn’t able to be driven or is located overseas then we’ll work with you to secure photos and videos to help assess what needs to be done and how to work out the logistics.
 
  • Once the scope of work is agreed to and the vehicle is with us we create a detailed job sheet & begin capturing photos of each element that is being worked on. You get to literally follow the journey of what is being done and why.
 
  • If we discover anything that is a surprise or not in the brief then we’ll contact you to talk through the available options before we commence any further work.
 

Mechanical restoration for a Jaguar E Type

  • Refurbished and rebuilt front suspension
  • Fitted new stainless steel exhaust system
  • Refurbished entire brake system
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We inspected the Jaguar E Type from front to back and our team of mechanics identified a number of aspects that needed to be attended to in order to complete the restoration work which included;

  • A full body panel check, alignment and full paint respray
  • Full mechanical check and recommission
  • Complete flush of the fuel system
  • Rebuilding the carbies
  • Replacing all fluids, filters, lines and hoses
  • Replacing all engine and exhaust gaskets, filters etc
  • Install a brand new stainless steel exhaust system
  • Replace all suspension bushes, gaiters, bearings, ball joints, mounts and dampers
  • Strip, prep, prime and clear coat all suspension arms
  • Sandblast or acid clean all relevant engine ancillary parts
  • Cad plate, chrome or paint all ancillary engine parts
  • Fully rebuild the brake calipers
  • Machine the rear brake discs as well as install new front brake discs
  • Fit new wire wheels and whitewall tyres
  • Fit new engine decals as per original specs
  • Check and rectify any faults in entire electrical system
 
While we have kept the list above relatively short for the sake of this article, the work that we carried out for this restoration was very extensive. A huge focus was placed on ensuring that mechanically the car was safe, road legal and road registrable.

The interior was in great condition so there wasn’t any time spent on that, but the body panels did get a full respray in a glorious red (the best colour for a sports car right?) so that visually the E Type presents ‘as new’ which is the owner’s original brief they gave us.

Jaguar E Type workshop in Sydney

  • Jaguar E Type servicing & repairs
  • Replace suspension or brakes on an E Type
  • Engine and gearbox upgrades for an E Type
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Our classic car workshop in Brookvale can work on Jaguar E Types for all servicing, mechanical repairs, upgrades or restorations. As you can imagine, restoring a classic car like the Jaguar E-Type requires meticulous attention to detail because of their value & historical significance in British sports car history. 

There are several critical areas that you must focus on during a restoration process and here are some key areas to consider, along with potential pitfalls that could be easily missed:

Body and Frame:

  • Rust and Corrosion: we inspect the body and frame thoroughly for rust and corrosion. This can be a common issue in older British vehicles, especially in areas prone to moisture and road salt (if it was imported). We pay close attention to floor pans, rocker panels, wheel arches, and undercarriage.
 
  • Structural Integrity: We check for any signs of accident damage or frame distortion. We can ensure that the body is straight and properly aligned.
 

Paint and Finish:

  • Original Colour and Finish: Research and determine the original colour and finish of the vehicle. Ensure that the restoration paint job matches the factory specifications if you are trying to maximise resale value
 
  • Paint Quality: Achieving a flawless paint finish requires careful preparation, priming, and application. Look out for imperfections such as orange peel, paint runs, or uneven texture. 
 

Interior:

  • Upholstery and Trim: Restore or replace the upholstery, carpets, and trim components to match the original design and materials. Pay attention to details like stitching, patterns, and colour.
 
  • Dashboard and Gauges: Ensure that the dashboard, instrument panel, and gauges are restored and fully functional. Originality is important, so retain as many original components as possible.
 

Mechanical Components:

  • Engine and Transmission: Our workshop can rebuild or refurbish the engine and transmission to factory specifications. Address issues like oil leaks, worn-out components, and proper tuning to suit Australian driving conditions.
 
  • Suspension and Steering: We can inspect and rebuild the suspension and steering components for proper handling and road feel. This includes everything from bushes, springs to all the fastening bolts.
 
  • Brakes: Ensure that the braking system is fully operational and safe. Address any issues with brake components like discs, drums, pads, lines, and fluid.
 

Electrical System:

  • Wiring: We always check the entire electrical system for frayed or damaged wiring. Replace or repair any faulty components, and ensure proper grounding.
 
  • Lights and Gauges: Our team can verify that all lights, indicators, and gauges are functional and then repair or replace any non-working components.
 

Chrome and Trim:

  • Chrome Components: Inspect and restore or replace chrome trim pieces, such as bumpers, grilles, and badges. Polishing and re-chroming may be necessary depending on where the E Type has been stored.
 

Documentation:

  • Historical Accuracy: Maintain and gather documentation about the car’s history, including ownership records, service history, and any period-correct modifications or accessories which can help with its resale value.
 

Authenticity:

  • Original Parts: Strive to use authentic or period-correct parts during the restoration process. While some components may need replacement, preserving originality is often desired in classic car restoration. We can help you source these or advise on the closest equivalent.
 

Testing and Fine-Tuning:

  • After the restoration is complete, we thoroughly test the vehicle to identify any mechanical or cosmetic issues that may have been missed. So we may then fine-tune the engine, suspension, and other areas as needed.
 


Why would you restore an E Type? 

The Jaguar E-Type is a legendary British sports car that gained immense popularity and significance in the automotive world after being introduced in 1961, It is an iconic symbol of style, performance, and engineering excellence. 

The Jaguar E-Type’s design was revolutionary for its time, showcasing a sleek and aerodynamic shape that was ahead of its era. Penned by designer Malcolm Sayer, the E-Type featured a long bonnet, a curvaceous body, and a distinctive “coke bottle” waistline. Its elegant proportions and flowing lines gave it a timeless and captivating aesthetic.

The Jaguar E-Type introduced several technological advancements that were cutting-edge for its time. Notable features included independent rear suspension, rack-and-pinion steering, and disc brakes on all four wheels, which were not yet standard in many sports cars of the era.

Upon its debut, the E-Type garnered significant attention and praise. Enzo Ferrari even reportedly called it “the most beautiful car ever made.” Its striking design and exhilarating performance made it a favourite among celebrities, racing enthusiasts, and car aficionados. 

The Jaguar E-Type also made a name for itself on the race track. It achieved notable successes in motorsport, including wins at prestigious races like the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Its racing achievements not only showcased its performance capabilities but also contributed to its lasting legacy.

It is one of the top classic sports cars of all time and well worth restoring and preserving.

How can you Buy and maintain a classic car in Sydney?
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If you are thinking of buying a classic car, or you already own one and have been thinking about doing any sort of restoration, whether it is British, Italian, German or from another country, irrespective of the marque or model, the process that we go through is always the same. 

We make sure you are making all the decisions needed to suit your intended application for the vehicle (road or track use) as well as your budget.

Best of all, our classic car workshop in Sydney only deals with vehicles that typically don’t have an OBD port – that’s right, all the old stuff that didn’t need fancy computers to run.

What we typically do when someone asks us about restoring a classic sports car is;

  • An initial free phone consultation to understand the history of the vehicle, your requirements and if we are a good fit to be working together. It’s important to build chemistry and rapport at this early stage because some projects might take 6 months or a few years depending how extensive they are, so we have to work closely together.
 
  • If the vehicle is able to be driven we’ll invite you to our workshop so we can put the car on a hoist and have a good look at it, you can also meet our team and see our facilities as well.
 
  • If the car isn’t able to be driven or is located overseas then we’ll work with you to secure photos and videos to help assess what needs to be done and how to work out the logistics.
 
  • Clearly define a scope of work that covers either the mechanical components, interior or both.
 
  • Once the scope of work is agreed to and the vehicle is with us we create a detailed job sheet & begin capturing photos of each element that is being worked on. You get to literally follow the journey of what is being done and why.
 
  • If we discover anything that is a surprise or not in the brief then we’ll contact you to talk through the available options before we commence any further work.

 

So, to those who yearn for the days when cars had soul, who appreciate the allure of a bygone era, and who seek to keep that spirit alive on the modern roads of Sydney, Peninsula Sports Cars in Brookvale stands ready. 

Ready to maintain, restore, upgrade, and prepare these timeless classics for whatever adventure lies ahead. Because, in the end, driving a classic is not just about looking back; it’s about keeping the legacy alive, mile after memorable mile.

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