During the last edition of Capital Cars & Classics it was Srdjan Jovovic Classic Restoration Services who wondered during the construction days of the fair if there was any space left. Because the venue is spacious and the cars seemed spectacular we were happy to find a extra space for the company from the Dutch Vreeland. The two Jaguar E-Types were real crowd pullers and confirmed once again that this is probably one of the most beautiful models in the automobile history.
About Classic Restoration Services
Classic Restoration Services has been operating for more than 23 years in the restoration and preparation of classic cars with a strong preference for the British brands Jaguar, Aston Martin, Rolls Royce and Bentley. During a visit to the workshop you will mostly see Jaguars. It has thus built up an excellent international reputation, thanks to the eight passionate employees who work for more than 300 customers.
Jaguar E-Type Series 1 CRS Semi-Lightweight
Their latest feature is the Jaguar E-Type Series 1 CRS Semi-Lightweight. Contrary to the Jaguar D-Type, the E-Type was originally not built for the race track. That didn’t stop driver to use this icon as a real race car. An example is John Coombs, who faced Ferrari’s 250 GT racers with his E-Type – without success: the difference between a real race car and a car built for street use became very evident. In 1962, he showed up at the start of the Le Mans race with a thinner steel monocoque, wet sump D-Type engine, Lucas fuel injection, improved brakes and chassis and an aluminium hardtop. After he wrote off the car in Goodwood, it was rebuilt by the factory with an aluminium body, forming the basis for the Jaguar E-Type Lightweight Roadster. Jaguar would go on to build 11 more types plus 2 semi-lightweights based on the Fixed Head Coupé. All types have been preserved. At least one car would have been produced with a deviant “low drag” body.
The Lightweight version made the E-Type more competitive, although the model was a bit late to really win big prizes.
Originally, the plan was to build 18 cars with 6 chassis numbers. Jaguar has recently built these numbers at last, brand new and with the original specifications – and a price tag of 1 million pounds. The last series is only available for the immensely wealthy collectors and will never be seen on the public highway: they don’t have a license for use on the public road.
This Jaguar E-Type Series 1 CRS Semi-Lightweight is offered for sale by Classic Restoration Services. The car, originally a 3.8 Roadster was built in 1962 and shipped to the USA. This is the first car in a series of 5 so-called CRS LWE Roadsters, one of which will be built every year.
With a little luck we see such a copy back to the fair on the 18th and 19th of March at Classic Restoration Services. We are glad to have them back in Amsterdam again!