Chapter by chapter, specialists focus on E-Type restoration

Chirs and Ali Anderson, owners of the E-Type, with manual editor David Barzilay at City Concours in London | Classi Motor Cars
Chris and Ali Anderson, owners of the E-Type, with manual editor David Barzilay at City Concours in London | Classic Motor Cars

There are so many specialty skills that go into a professional classic car restoration – body specialists, paint specialists, interior specialists, engine specialists, driveline specialists, chassis specialists, and the list goes on.

So when it came to writing the “ultimate” manual for restoring an early Jaguar E-type, Classic Motor Cars of Bridgnorth, UK, engaged specific members of its own restoration staff to each write a chapter based on that person’s expertise. Continue reading

Six-pack of E-types — including barn find — in Hall of Fame sale

1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos
1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos

Britain’s Motor Sport magazine stages its Hall of Fame awards June 6 at the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park in Surrey, and H&H Classics will stage a collector car auction as part of the event. The auction will include six E-type Jaguars — perhaps England’s most iconic car.

Among those Jags will be a recent barn-found 1962 3.8 Coupe discovered after long-term storage in North Devonshire. Continue reading

Cool cats: 1,200+ Jaguars gather at Windsor Castle

More than 1,200 Jaguars parked along The Long Walk at Windsor Castle | Jaguar Classic photos
More than 1,200 Jaguars parked along The Long Walk at Windsor Castle | Jaguar Classic photos

Imagine: More than 1,200 Jaguars lining the Long Walk at Windsor Castle. Except you don’t have to imagine it because it happened recently when the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club staged the Royal Windsor Jaguar Festival to raise money for The Prince Philip Trust Fund.

Around 6,500 people attended, and cars came from as far away as Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and even the United States and Canada. Continue reading

Ex-Cunningham E-type headed to Bonhams’ Quail sale

Briggs Cunningham's team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo
Briggs Cunningham’s team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo

The Jaguar E-type Lightweight that Briggs Cunningham’s team raced at Le Mans, Road America and Bridgehampton in 1963 will be offered up for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ 20th anniversary Monterey Peninsula auction at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California.

“There are rare, interesting cars, and there are cars that have belonged to rare, interesting people,” author Richard Holt is quoted in the Bonhams’ news release. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1985 Jaguar XJS

The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles
The Jaguar XJS coupe has been driven fewer than 21,000 miles

There is something magical about a sports or GT car with a V12 under its hood. The V12 is the mythic engine layout that has won hundreds of races, used in everything from F1 cars to some of the most famous sports cars in the world.

As a result, cars powered by V12 engines also are some of the most expensive collector cars available. An entry-level Ferrari V12 will cost you at least $70,000, while other V12 cars, even modern Aston Martins, will leave you with little change left from that amount. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1952 Jaguar XK 120

The Jaguar XK 120 was owned and driven by  John Lesseter who co-wrote and directed the animated film 'Cars'
The Jaguar XK 120 was owned and driven by John Lesseter who co-wrote and directed the animated film ‘Cars’

What could be more wonderful than the most-voluptuous of all 1950s roadsters, gorgeously restored and ready to drive? How about one that was owned, driven and loved by the man who created the most-celebrated animated films about cars?

The Pick of the Day is such a roadster, a gleaming black 1952 Jaguar XK 120 properly fitted with spats on its rear wheels and hunkered down in purposeful glory, and formerly owned by John Lassetor, who co-wrote and directed Cars and Cars 2. Continue reading

Driven: XK 120 C-type Jaguar

Larry Crane in the Jaguar C-type at the 16th Monterey Historics | Larry Crane archives photo
Larry Crane in the Jaguar C-type at the 16th Monterey Historics | Larry Crane archives photo

Phil Reilly’s big restoration shop in Corte Madera, California, was as bright as a hospital emergency room when my wife, Tracy, and I arrived at about 10 o’clock one Wednesday evening. Ross Cummings was waiting to release the last automotive patient before the four-day car guy’s bacchanalia affectionately known as the “Monterey Weekend.” Continue reading

Granddaughters go to auction to reclaim a family heirloom

This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar's deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos
This 1948 Jaguar was owned by Jaguar’s deputy chairman | Historics at Brooklands photos

After discovering that their grandfather’s 1948 Jaguar was going to auction earlier this month at the Historics at Brookland sale, Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte outbid all others to claim the car. Well, actually to reclaim the car.

You see, this wasn’t just any 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV saloon. The girls’ grandfather was Arthur Whittaker, deputy chairman of the British automaker, and this had been his car, which they were bringing home 67 years after he’d last driven it. Continue reading

Yet another decrepit barn-find E-type to be auctioned

Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos
Despite its deteriorated condition, the early Jaguar E-Type is expected to sell for serious money | Classic Car Auctions photos

It seems that the world must be filled with abandoned Jaguars waiting to be discovered in barns and garages and then pulled out and sold at auction. Another desirable E-type coupe, an early 1962 model, has been unearthed in the UK and is being offered by Classic Car Auctions at its April 2 sale in Birmingham, England.

The Series 1 coupe has a known history of two British owners, the original one driving the car for 35 years before selling to the subsequent owner in November 1997, according to a news release from the auction house. Repainted white somewhere along the line, the car was originally painted Dark Opalescent Blue with Black trim. Continue reading

Coveted 1963 Jaguar E-type ‘lightweight’ racer set for auction

The Jaguar E-type Competition Lightweight racing in period | Bonhams archive
The Jaguar E-type Competition Lightweight racing in period | Bonhams archive

In 1963, Jaguar built just 12 of its celebrated “lightweight” E-type race cars, and today they are considered something of a Holy Grail of British competition cars.

One of those original factory lightweight cars will be auctioned at Bonhams’ Scottsdale sale in January, the 10th one produced. The auction house describes the car as an “exceedingly well-preserved and documented championship-winning example.” Continue reading