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E-Type Paint Prep

1961 Jaguar E-Type

The E-Type is about to be painted! It’s in the booth and is having a final wet-sand before being sprayed next week.

1961 Jaguar E-Type

I have to say this car has some of the nicest bodywork I’ve seen on an E-Type. Mark and company spent a lot of time and effort getting the gaps just so. The fit and finish is superior to the factory–not too hard on these early cars!

1961 Jaguar E-Type

One non-original thing: we will be color painting the car with the engine frames in place. Early cars like this were likely painted first and then assembled, but it would be madness at this point to disturb the careful bonnet alignment.

1961 Jaguar E-Type

Doors, cockpit, and bootlid have already had color applied to the “hidden” sides.

1961 Jaguar E-Type

Mark had an opalescent silver grey car in the shop whose color I liked, so we used that color for this car.

1961 Jaguar E-Type

Hardtop will be painted to match the body; I suppose on an early car it should be black but this car predates the hardtop in any case, and the cars look really sleek with the top painted to match.

1961 Jaguar E-Type

Be very exciting to have the car back here. Too bad the restoration fund needs replenishing!

2 Comments

  1. chuck goolsbee

    Looks just like it did when I first saw it – about a decade ago! ;)

  2. Bart

    Wow! what an exciting phase of your project…am really looking forward to watching the magic happen as she progreses…

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