Restoration of a very special Jaguar E-Type has begun in the Midlands.
Renowned specialist – Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgnorth, Shropshire – is carrying out the restoration of Chassis 850008.
Chassis 850008, or Chassis 8 as it is referred to, was the eighth car delivered as part of Project ZP, which aimed to see the E-Type excel on the race track.
It was a project by Jaguar in 1961 with the aim of competing with the likes of Aston Martin and Ferrari in GT racing.
The Project ZP E-Types were produced by Jaguar’s experimental department in Coventry.
The final car produced as part of the ZP Project, Chassis 8 was famously raced competitively by Sir Gawaine Ballie, a gentlemen racer who was the 7th Baronet of Polkemmet Linlithgowshire.
CMC’s specialist restoration technicians have started work on the car after its return from soda blasting.
Work on the body has started and remedial repairs to the original structure are being carried out focusing on retaining as much originality as possible.
Restoration of the car’s original competition flywheel, engine, steering rack, heating box are some of the first elements being worked on.
Tim Griffin, engineering and production director at CMC, said: “The restoration of Chassis 8 is one in which we are very much looking forward to carrying out.
“Jaguar’s success in racing is undoubtedly ingrained in British motorsport.
“The ZP project, which was masterminded by Claude Bailey, was aimed at taking the fight to manufacturers that had been dominating GT racing.”
He added: “ At Classic Motor Cars we have restored many early E-Types.
“Every time a car with great history arrives here, we have to take a moment to appreciate its presence. Chassis 8 is definitely one of those cars.”
Tim Rhodes, the restoration technician undertaking the car’s revival, said: “I couldn’t be happier with being entrusted to build up Chassis 8.
“Over the last month I have started refurbishing many original components.
“ It’s also been a great opportunity to learn more about the history of the car and the ZP Project.
“Having restored many E-Types, I find it amazing that these cars did so well as so little was changed to the normal production cars. It just goes to show how good the Jaguar E-Type can perform.”
Classic Motor Cars has been at the forefront of classic car restoration for the last 27 years.
Originally specialising in the Jaguar marque, over the last decade it has branched out into restoring Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lancias, Bentleys, MGs and more.
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