Date: 7th August 2017

For the last two years thirteen staff at Classic Motor Cars (CMC) have been working on a top secret project, the restoration of a one-off Pininfarina bodied XK120 SE which is to be unveiled at the Pebble Beach Concours on Sunday August 20th. On Friday 4th August, the team, which had been supported by everybody on company’s the 60 plus workforce, were pictured with the car – “under wraps”. “We always said that we would unveil the car for the first time at Pebble Beach and that is exactly what we are going to do,” said Peter Neumark, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust that runs CMC, who found the car in the first place. He added: “I will have the ...

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Date: 4th August 2017

60 years on from their famous 1-2 finish in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, a rare occurrence for a privateer, a series of iconic Ecurie Ecosse racing legends will reunite at Ignition Festival in Glasgow the weekend of 4-6 August. These cars made the Ecurie Ecosse name during the late 1950’s, including the last Jaguar C-Type to run in those colours, which has been restored and is regularly maintained by CMC. The car was bought by Sir James Scott Douglas to race in the 1953 season. Having been restored, it spent many years in the USA before its current owner brought it back to the UK in 2006. More recently, it competed in the Mille Miglia twice as part of the Jaguar Heritage team.  T ...

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Date: 26th July 2017

One of the first 500 E-Types produced by Jaguar has been found in pieces in France and is to be brought back to life by CMC. Chassis No. 875256 is one of the very early 3.8 left hand drive, open two seater, outside bonnet lock models with all matching numbers. It was delivered new to the Belgium Motor Company dealership in Brussels in July 1961 and was subsequently sold to ‘Societe de Civel Immeubles en Afrique.’ It resurfaced in France in 2015 and records indicate that it was imported from Luxembourg in 1975. The car is very complete, although in parts, and was bought by the previous owner to be restored. He gave it to French restorers who started work on the car, but shortly af ...

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Date: 30th June 2017

On the back of the recent launch of the E-Type Jaguar Restoration Manual, CMC went on a photoshoot around East Sussex with E-Type Chassis 60, Chris Anderson -owner of the car- and Classic Jaguar Magazine. Chassis 60 was the subject of the manual which takes readers through the full nut-and-bolt restoration of this very early model. Skilled mechanics and technicians CMC have written each chapter, giving a first-hand account of the process with 224 pages and 700 photos showing the level of detail that goes into CMC's award-winning restorations. The car was the sixtieth E-Type to leave Jaguar’s production line in 1961; not only a very early 'flat floor' 3.8 ...

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Date: 15th June 2017

1961 Jaguar E-Type Chassis No. 860005, restored by Classic Motor Cars and owned by Stuart Cardwell, has won the Royal Briery Trophy for securing first place in the Premier Class at the Jaguar Drivers’ Club, International E-Type Register Concours d’Elegance. The Royal Briery Trophy is awarded if the winning entry is deemed to be of a sufficiently high standard and to be eligible for the Premier Class the car has to be unmodified i.e. its specification corresponds to that with which it left the factory. This right hand drive Jaguar E-Type was fifth off the production line and the first right hand drive FHC that had inside bonnet locks. CMC carried out a full nut and ...

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