A bespoke Jaguar E-Type roadster debuts at Queen’s Platinum Jubilee parade


As you might know, the Queen celebrated her Platinum Jubilee recently and as part of the celebrations, several classic Jaguars took part in a parade. Although all those classics were special, one particular Jaguar was extra special. It was a restored 1965 Series 1 E-type roadster, commissioned by a customer who wanted an E-Type roadster from the year he was born.

And so, the Jaguar Classic division got to work and managed to track down an E-Type roadster—which coincidentally, was built just two days before the customer’s birthday. And as you can see in the photos, it was as rough as a car that’s still in one piece could be. The whole car appears to have survived some kind of a zombie apocalypse.

But anyway, the classic division spent 12 months in complete restoration and bespoking the car to the customer’s specification. The exterior of the car is finished in a deep metallic blue inspired by the blue on the Union Jack. Creating a perfect hue itself apparently took several months. And, the exterior lights are LEDs, which means this is not just a restoration project but also a restomod.

The bespoke, hand-finished interior features a leather upholstery in a shade of red—which apparently was inspired by iconic British pillar boxes. Creature comforts include a classic infotainment system, satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity. Also, notice a plaque on the dashboard that says “E-Type 1961-2021”.

The original 4.2-litre straight-six powerplant was swapped for a larger 4.7-litre unit. The engine has been coupled with a specially developed 5-speed gearbox. Wider wheels & tyres, uprated brakes, and a sports exhaust system are some of the other key highlights of this bespoke project.

Also, check out: This one-off McLaren Artura celebrates Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee

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