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THE 100 POINT E-TYPE

Edition 3: Components of interest (part 1)

Like all restorations NFCC undertake, the process begins with disassembling the car. Through-out the strip down process, components are recorded for their presence and condition. We use a tagging system which highlights ‘serviceable’ and ‘unserviceable’ components. This process helps to highlight which parts need to be sourced.

In this edition of the 100-Point E-type, we discuss a selection of original components from chassis #824 that have been retained throughout its life.

It is common knowledge that when acquiring an E-type, owners are often faced with a number of missing components. This is often due to the car’s age or simply down to a previous owners desire to modernise their car using the latest components available at that time.

001 Instrument Panel WEB

Component: Instrument panel

Features: Dot patterned aluminium fascia & cigar lighter
About: The early 3.8-litre instrument fascia featured smooth headed, raised dots against a slightly dimpled background. This feature was present up until chassis numbers #850610 and #878302. The instrument panel then changed to a cross-hatched pattern until it was eventually replaced with an all-leather center console and black instrument panel fascia.

The cigar lighter found in the very early E-type's had a larger diameter than the cars produced after September 1961 (chassis #850169 - #875590). Jaguar went on to use much smaller cigar lighters which is still present for #824. Understandably, many cars lose their original cigar lighters during the course of their lives.

 

002 Instruments WEB

Component: Instruments

Features: Various – see below
About:

  • Early instrument dial faces feature a distinguishable font.
  • The speedometer and rev counter display the correct original units as well as the red band on the rev counter from 5500rpm to 6000rpm. As you can see from the above image, the original clock is missing so we have sourced a replacement from a similar aged car which displays the correct early details.

 

003 PDF Duo Image WEB

Component: Drop-head coupe chrome – door tops

Features: Swage line on bottom edge
About: Early drop-head coupe chrome door tops featured a swage line along the bottom edge. This was removed from production of later models and the chrome became a smooth panel. The image shows that #824 has retained its chrome in a good condition and clearly displays the swage line.

 

004 Wiring Loom WEB

Component: Wiring loom

Features: Insulating covers
About: The original wiring looms found on early E-type's had black insulating covers over the terminals as displayed in the image above.

 

005 Seat Runners WEB

Component: Seat runners

Features: Leveroll units
About: Jaguar fitted Leveroll seat runners as displayed in the above image. You will find Leveroll stamped into the end of the release bar.

 

006 Bumpers Overriders WEB

Component: Bumpers and over-riders

Features: Slim in appearance
About:
 The original 3.8-litre bumpers and over-riders are in good condition. The over-riders are the original style – slim with a slight ridge running down the face. 

 

007 Carburettors 1 WEB

007 Carburettors 2 WEB

Component: Carburetors

Features: 3-ear style, brass tops, stamped according to year of production
About: The early 3-ear type carburetors remain with original throttle linkages in situ. In November 1961, from engine number R 2934, the slave shaft throttle linkages changed from 3-ear to 2-ear.

The original brass carb-tops are all still present. Jaguar changed the brass carb-tops to black in December 1962.

In the image above, you will see a stamped carburetor body reading ‘U3’. These stamps were used by Jaguar in accordance with the year they were produced. This confirms that the carburetors are correct to the year of #824.

Each letter is a reference to the year the carburetors were produced: T = 1960, U = 1961, V = 1962, W = 1963, X = 1964, Y = 1965, Z = 1966.
Each number refers to the month the carburetors were produced: 3 = March etc.

To read more from the 100 Point E-type, select the edition from the list below: -

Edition 1: Announcement

Edition 2: History and provenance

Edition 4: Components of interest (part 2)

Edition 5: Body restoration

Edition 6: Paint