The Jaguar Classic section details the 1965 E-Type Roadster, which has been carefully restored, and appeared at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant last weekend as part of the Jaguar Land Rover’s 26-car parade.
The Bespoke model is a special commission for a customer who was born in 1965 and wanted an e-type roadster from the same year. Thus, the Jaguar Classic is a car source that was produced two days after the customer’s birthday and worked on it for a whole year. The exterior is marked by unique deep metallic blue inspired by Union Jack, which took months to perfect. In addition it remains standard with bright chrome bumpers and classic wire wheels, although the lighting units have been improved with LED technology.
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True to the e-type tradition, the interior trim was inspired by the British Pillar Box, which features handmade red leather upholstery, a wooden steering wheel and a metal center console. The model has been restored with a classic infotainment system that brings touchscreen, navigation and Bluetooth connectivity without period-correct appearance. This unit, which debuted in the e-Type 60 Collection Edition last year, is available to all E-Type owners who want to upgrade a technology for their classic car. Finally, there is a special pane on the dashboard, proving that this is not your typical restored e-type.
Below the bonnet, there is a 4.7-liter straight-six engine that has been enlarged from the stock 4.2-liter unit for improved performance. According to the Jaguar Classic, power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox providing a “quieter and more refined driving experience”. The company has updated the suspension and brakes and installed wider wheels for better handling. Finally, the new sports exhaust and manifold provide a rich sound.
The special e-type was one of 15 Jaguar models on display at the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where it was driven by the owner, sitting next to dancer, model and fashion designer Eric Underwood who occupied the passenger seat.