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10th ever Jaguar E-Type 4.2 found in Gloucestershire

The 10th ever Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Coupe has been brought back to better than new after languishing for three decades in a field in Gloucestershire.

It’s seems astonishing that ‘Barn Find’ Classic Cars still keep popping up on a regular basis, but this one’s a bit more than just a Barn Find – it’s an ‘In a bush in a field’ find.

Found languishing in a bush on an Estate in Gloucestershire, this 1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 4.2 RHD FHC – believed to be the 10th built – had rotted away to almost nothing after three decades open to the elements. But it’s been brought back to life by E-Type specialists E-Type UK and is now, astonishingly, better than new.

The body of the E-Type may have rotted away to useless, but the matching numbers running gear and suspension units were salvageable, making this a viable restoration as long as deep enough pockets were on hand.

The task meant finding period-correct floor pan and bulkheads, and E-Type UK’s in-house body shop sorting the panels, fitting a roof and tailgate and a new set of specially fabricated outer C-post panels too, and then treating the whole body to an Opalescent Silver Grey paint job with 60 hours of polishing.

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The interior has been given new electronics, dashboard, leather seats, dials and pedal box, all of which were sourced or built in-house.

Under the bonnet, the original heads and rocker covers remain – brought back to better than new – in the 4.2 litre engine, with a new uprated stainless steel exhaust with tubular manifolds, high-lift cams, balanced and lightened crank and a five-speed manual gearbox.

The result is magnificent. But it won’t have been cheap.

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