Jaguar E-Type fans, you’re in luck. The upcoming London Classic Car Show is displaying two examples of what is arguably Jaguar’s finest automobile of yesteryear.
Footman James, one of the UK’s leading classic vehicle insurance specialists, are bringing two examples of the E-Type to the London Classic Car Show, courtesy of Classic Motor Cars (CMC), including the first black Jaguar E-Type off the production line.
That car is a 1961 Flat Floor Jaguar E-Type 3.8 FHC, the first black Jaguar E-Type delivered from the factory; otherwise known as chassis 84.
It has undergone a full restoration, done by CMC in 2011 and the car has remained in “excellent condition” ever since.
The other Jaguar E-Type has a far more interesting story.
Three years younger than the earlier E-Type, it is a 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 litre barn find.
For those unsure what barn find means, it means someone has parked the car inside a barn and completely forgotten about it.
According to Footman James, the story of this particular E-Type goes all the way back to 1970 where it had been laid up until it was bought in 2017.
“Classic Motor Cars has found two amazing cars for this year’s Footman James stand at the London Classic Car Show. We always try and find something interesting to bring to these events and this year we decided on before-and-after as the theme,” said Nigel Woodward, Classic Motor Car’s managing director.
David Bond, director at Footman James added: “It is with great pleasure that CMC have been able to supply us with two models that represent such an iconic marque.
“It is wonderful to know that there are experts out there that can restore classics to tip-top condition, keeping our classic industry alive.”