Before we acquired it, this Jaguar E-type had been with the same owner since 1975. Over the years, it was used very little and ended up being sold as a low-mileage project car. It was told that the car had always been serviced by New Jersey Jaguar specialist Joe Maletsky, but unfortunately no records were kept.
After 40-something years and 46.000 mls, the E-type was still in perfect tune, but needed a through cosmetic restoration. As we started working on the car, we soon found out that the VIN number had been altered in the past. This must have been done before 1975, as the car had been registered on the same VIN since then.
A two year long paper struggle followed, involving the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, the RDW, the US National Insurance Crime Bureau and the Dutch court. It was finally decided that the car can get its original VIN back, and that it can and will be registered with this number in the Netherlands.
We are currently in the process of restoring this car and will post regular photo updates as the restoration progresses.
It is being brought back to factory original specifications (correct VIN and matching numbers drive train). Body colour Sable with a black interior. The E-type is being restored with respect to originality and with the aim of preserving what has aged well: original leather seats and partially original carpets, 1st paint preserved on the front valance and behind the petrol filler lid. The body has received a bare metal respray.
Factory equiped airconditioning, manual transmission, chromed wire wheels.
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