1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3

Friday Snapshot

Another busy week was flown by again, with lots of new drop-offs to the workshop and big progressions on current projects! Grey 1957 Jensen 541R

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Viper Valet

Two of our classics have been treated to professional valets this week by our good friends at Viper Valeting in Ipswich. Firstly was our beautiful

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Hello Again E-Type!

The wonderful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 has been taken on a lovely little road trip this week. Her owner, who lives overseas, came

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Boot Carpet Fitted

Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type is now equipped with the new fitted boot lining. It will take a little time to settle in and for the

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Friday Snapshot

Another busy week was flown by again, with lots of new drop-offs to the workshop and big progressions on current projects!

Grey 1957 Jensen 541R

Our trim shop expert Brian has been working on our grey 1957 Jensen 541R. He’s been marking out the leather for the rear parcel shelf and then glueing leather.

When the fabric has been marked out and fitted, the next stay is to trim off the excess around the window edge. The leather for rear quarter panel pockets has also been cut out and glued into the pockets.

The same process has happened for the side window surround panel which included screwing the parts in place and fitting the ashtray.

Austin Nippy Engine works start

Our engine specialist Ady has taken about the engine on our 1934 Austin Nippy. We’ve identified that there seems to be an issue with the cylinder bores. After further inspection, Ady diagnosed the issue as possible broken or cracked piston rings. This is a relatively quick job and Ady told us he hopes it’ll be done in the next few days.

We often find that even after an issue is addressed, it may not be solved as it’s common to find teething problems afterwards. We hope this quirky nippy will be back to working order again soon!

Black 1960 Jensen’s TLC

Our black 1960 Jensen 541R has had another layer of fresh paint and imperfection corrections that it’s acquired from knocks and bumps in the workshop. Gaining imperfections like this are common when parts are regularly being fitted and moved.

Up close and personal with the Gold Jaguar E-Type

This beautiful gold 1971 Jaguar E-type V12 Series 3 had picked up some sort of contaminant that had rusted the inner engine and wheel components. Our skill technicians addressed the issue by applying acid rust killer and cleaning down all of the parts. They were then re-painted and reassembled. Some of the nuts and bolts were also completely replaced.

Morris Minor Pinstripe

Painted by hand by our bodywork technician Chris who taped the sides to guide his hand and carefully applied the red paint.

Two more new Jensen’s arrived

We’ve had two more Jensen’s arrive this week for restorations, adding to our already growing collection! We’ll be sure to let you know how these restorations develop!

This beautiful 1961 Navy Jensen 541S:

And this sleek silver 1959 Jensen 541R that’s in for some electrical works:

Viper Valet

Two of our classics have been treated to professional valets this week by our good friends at Viper Valeting in Ipswich.

Firstly was our beautiful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 that’s spent the long summer days on some great British road trips. Now squeaky clean and ready to be tucked up securely in our specialist storage facility over winter.

Also cleaned, was our 1949 MG YT ahead of her appearance at the Salon Privé Concours d’Elegance this week. She’s been nominated for an award so we’ve all got our fingers crossed for her!

Hello Again E-Type!

The wonderful 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series 3 has been taken on a lovely little road trip this week.

Her owner, who lives overseas, came to collect her from our workshop to spend a short trip away. With the sun shining, the roof down, and some lovely long empty roads – it looks like absolute heaven!

The Jag has since been returned to us to be kept snug in our secure storage facility, eagerly awaiting her next road trip. We look forward to seeing her next adventure!

Restoration Recap – 1971 Series 3 Jaguar E-Type V12

Wow, what a beauty! Our completed Jaguar E-Type restoration project was visited by it’s owner at the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. Upon seeing this lovely Jaguar, he couldn’t resist but to take her out for a drive.

Seeing clients of ours happy makes the hundreds of hours spent on our restorations well worth while. We took a look back at how this restoration began and what a transformation this Jaguar has undertaken.

This Jaguar E-Type is now ready to be enjoyed for many a happy mile to come.

1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster in Storage

With the owner of our stunning restoration out of the country for many months a year our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Roadster is now in storage for the winter within our showroom facilities.

We have worked alongside the guys at Carcoon for many years and their products are amazing and perfect for classic car storage. We have installed the Carcoon Evo in many single garages over the years.

Carcoon is the ultimate automobile storage system designed to protect your precious investment. With its unique, patented “active airflow” process and other advanced features, Carcoon sets a new standard in car care.

The original Carcoon was designed and produced by George Page in the mid 1990’s to help combat problematic areas encountered in automobile storage at his Classic Car restoration business in the United Kingdom. Today, Carcoon is the clear market leader in car storage systems in the UK and is rapidly gaining praise and acceptance from American car collectors.

The unique ‘active airflow’ system (worldwide patent), comprises of two air treatment units which operate continuously to provide super-atmospheric, circulating airflow for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Importantly, the circulating air is taken from inside the storage unit itself, which effectively isolates the flow of air from the outside environment. With a running cost of approximately 2 pence per day, who can’t afford that kind of protection?

1971 Jaguar E-Type – In storage for the winter

Having spent a few weeks touring the North Norfolk coastline our 1971 Jaguar E-Type is now back in our workshops having any snags and issues found addressed. Once complete, the car will be stored away with us for the winter in one of our brand new Carcoons within our storage facility.

Before we deliver the vehicle to our storage unit we have fully valeted and detailed the vehicle.

Whilst the owner is overseas we will maintain and service the vehicle on a regular basis and ensure the car is kept in top condition for the owner’s return.

Carcoon – The EVO model is probably the most versatile Carcoon of all. This model comprises of a base mat and a separate top cover. Simply drive the car onto the base mat, place the top cover over the car, connect the zipper and plug in the 12 Volt power supply. This model is ideal if your car is located away from the garage door, meaning that you do not have direct access to drive it straight onto the base. The beauty of the EVO Carcoon is that it can be accessed from any side. This model can also be custom made to accommodate any vehicle size, including extra tall vehicles. Even reduced height units can be custom made.

Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type Restoration Complete

April 2nd 2016; we first announced our plans to import our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster from Canada, with a view of restoring her back to the original and deserving factory specification.

Having been used as a drag car, the body had been subjected to numerous modifications including fibreglass doors, boot lid with air ventilation cut in. The rear arches had been cut out to house much larger rims and tyres, traditionally used for the quarter mile strip.

Although not fitted, a Dodge Viper back axle and large Chevy engine also came with the car which suggested these were used at some stage in the modifications.

Fast forward over 3 years, many many hours of hard work and dedication. With a smidgeon of modern day upgrades and a Golden Sands colour change from the original factory specification, here we have the finished piece.

A wonderful example of outstanding British luxury and breathtaking beauty, say hello to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster.

Power to the rear storage compartment

We are now connecting a power to our bespoke rear storage compartment of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type convertible.

The double USB will be capable of connecting phones and smart devices for charging as well as options to connect up refrigeration or any other portable device. We are installing a number of power supplies throughout the vehicle as well as Bluetooth and digital radio capabilities also.

1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster: Interior

We are now completing the refit of our bespoke interior trim in our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 Roadster.

The rear storage unit is looking sensational in maroon carpet piped in maroon. This space underneath the panel behind the front seats is traditionally redundant but we have created two bespoke storage compartments which will be finished off with a leather covered lockable top. The storage units will house electrics to be able to power up small appliances such as refrigeration boxes or charging points for portable devices.

The bespoke boot over-mat

We are currently in the middle of producing a bespoke maroon over-mat for our 1971 Jaguar E-Type’s boot space. The over-mat will form an extra layer of protection for the beige boot carpet and will tie in perfectly with the car’s interior. The car would have originally come from the factory with a light coloured boot area which we have kept to the original style. we have now added the extra over-mat which will be more practical for everyday use.

Making the E-Type storage surround

Great teamwork in the workshops today as Dave completes the work on his bespoke storage compartment surrounds.

The storage compartment is a unique piece to our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster, utilising the spare area behind the front seats. Our storage compartment will consist of two removable and lockable padded lids. Within the storage unit you’ll have access to a power supply for charging your devices of external refrigeration for road trips.

Our frame work has been produced in house to run around the outside of the compartment. Brian has taken control from Dave and has rounded the edges before highly polishing them to bring up the amazing finish.

Fitting the hood and storage box in our Jaguar E-Type roadster

We are currently in the middle of fitting up the brand new hood to our Golden Sands 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster. Not always the easiest of jobs but once complete feels one of the most rewarding.

We are also progressing well with our bespoke storage unit in the rear of the car. The rear compartment will be covered in the same perforated leather used to cover the front seats. The look and style will kept similar throughout but underneath will be two lockable storage compartments with additional power outputs; ideal for refrigeration or charging devices.

Boot Carpet Fitted

Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type is now equipped with the new fitted boot lining.

It will take a little time to settle in and for the creases to be removed but it means the rear is just about finished!

Fitting the V12 E-Type windscreen

The windscreen of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 roadster is now in place. Dave can now work on fitting up the hood frame and hood.

Jaguar E-Type rear end, now complete

The rear end of our 1971 Jaguar E-Type roadster is now complete. The rubbers have been fitted up around the bumpers, the over riders have also been added so now we can move forward to concentrate on the bespoke storage compartment we are manufacturing.

Fitting a retro stereo with modern technologies…

We are now fitting up our 1971 Jaguar E-Type V12 with its new in-car entertainment system.

We have kept with the original look installing a retro fascia but with amazing capabilities. Our Autosound set up comes complete with all of the latest technologies, RDS FM, DAB, DAB+, iPhone, Bluetooth music streaming, Bluetooth hands free calling and much more…

Full specification also includes; rear USB input, rear Phono aux input, subwoofer output, amplifier output, iPhone and iPOD compatible (earlier 32pin iPods will play but not charge), DIN-D size, 4 x 45 watts output, ISO connector, 12V negative earth, Non volatile memory – retains radio memory presets even when all power is disconnected.

As well as this, the car will house four hidden speakers to create a full surround sound effect. The rear speakers will be hidden behind the rear side panels and the fronts will be under the front foot well.

We are also installing two addition USB charging points in the front and within our specially designed rear compartment will be power to operate any additional external devices: refrigeration, tablet devices, lighting etc.

Building our bespoke storage compartment

We are currently in the process of manufacturing a bespoke storage compartment in the rear of our Jaguar E-type roadster.

The compartment will be hidden by a lid that will be finished in the style of the front seats.

It will be fully lined and have power facilities built in.

The manufacturing process has now begun, the lids have been made up and we are now waiting on the arrival of our leather so we can start to piece it all together.

Here are some more pictures of the car in position…

Our 1971 Jaguar E-Type, now with bonnet.

With the iconic Jaguar E-Type bonnet making up almost half of the exterior of the car, the day we are able to fit up the bonnet is the day an E-Type restoration really starts to take shape.

With the bonnet off and the full engine on display the car looks relatively incomplete but now you can see just how beautiful she looks and how striking the Golden Sands with red interior combination is.