E-Type Chassis 15, the car that turned heads at the 1961 Scottish Motor Show, underwent a full nut and bolt restoration at CMC after being found in a sorry state in a barn in France.
Chassis No. 15 was the fifteenth right hand drive fixed head coupe E-Type to leave Jaguar’s production line in 1961 and was used as a press car at the Scottish Motor Show held at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, in November that year.
The car moved on to private ownership and went missing for decades until CMC discovered it in a garden in France in late 2013. It had been owned by the same person since 1976, who dismantled it probably some twenty years ago and that is as far as he got.
The car was underneath some covers in a garden, very rusty and corroded – there was even a bird’s nest in the rear quarter! CMC carried out a full nut and bolt restoration, which proved to be quite a challenge due to the sorry state in which it was found.
Exactly 2,956hrs were spent restoring every nut and bolt of this E-Type at CMC’s modern workshops in Bridgnorth, saving as much of the original car as possible and bringing back its show-stopping condition.
No detail was too small and extensive work has been carried out in the paint and trim shops so that the car can now boast its original colour combination of pearl grey exterior and light blue interior, being the only one produced in those colours in 1961.
“CMC has taken an E-type first shown at the Scottish Motor Show and turned it back into the showstopper it once was” – Daily Record, November 2015.