Pic Of The Week: Low Drag Jaguar E-type

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With Jaguar's future firmly in the news today, it doesn't mean we want to overlook the past - especially when a picture like this arrives in our email inbox.

It comes with a press release detailing how "one of the most important Jaguar cars ever built has been unveiled in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, after 7,000 hours of restoration," and it's courtesy of the Classic Motor Cars workshop of said town.

The car is the only factory Low Drag lightweight E-type, and it's been put back together in what CMC says is one of the most complex restorations ever to have taken place anywhere in the world.

When it crashed at the Montlhery circuit in 1964 (an accident that cost driver Peter Lindner his life) the E-type was so badly damaged that a complete restoration was thought to be impossible. Now, some 47 years later, the car has been put back to its former glory using more than 90% of the original parts - including alloy body panels painstakingly hand-beaten back into shape from the mangled wreckage.

Over five thousand hours went into restoring the body alone, says CMC. The original crashed monocoque which had been deemed too difficult to restore in the 1970's was disseminated into individual panels. Each panel was then flattened, repaired, reformed into the original shape and then the structure was riveted and spot welded together as per the original construction method. Amazing stuff.

PS. We've just been tipped off that the Low Drag Jag's first proper public outing - in motion at least - is likely to be the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power on 15th/17th July. That's following a scheduled 'static appearance' at the Ville D'este Concorso D'Eleganza later this month.

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Meanwhile for all you McLaren 12C GT3 fans, here's a special bonus POTW from our gallery yesterday. Roll on Le Mans 2012..?

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  • Benni 09 May 2011

    DJRC said:
    Er I dont wish to be morbid or anything but how does one die on the way to hospital if one has first been decapitated?
    I don´t know facts about this accident but racers (almost) never die on a racetrack in a race,
    they always die "on the way to hospital", so to speak.
    Otherwise, the track would be an "accident scene" or even a (suspected) "crime scene"
    with instant investigations by state attorneys, forensic staff etc etc,
    the race would have to be stopped, drivers and officials interrogated, media material confiscated etc etc.

  • mph 09 May 2011

    Oddball RS said:
    So this car the ORIGINAL tub now, not a new one as mentioned earlier? is that it in a nut shell?
    Yes this is the orignal tub restored and then re-united with the original mechanics.

  • pb63 09 May 2011

    stuarte said:
    For those that aren't squeamish, pic and a little(second hand)info of crashed car here:


    Difficult to dispute the input CMC have had in the cars resto when you consider the state of the original shell.
    Christ that's horrendous.

  • Oddball RS 09 May 2011

    So this car the ORIGINAL tub now, not a new one as mentioned earlier? is that it in a nut shell?

  • jamesatcandsc 09 May 2011

    AlVal said:

    simple, and makes sense. the family should say what the deceased would have wanted. I'd also wager that, if a racing driver, they'd be happy to see it fixed, unless it was a fundamental design flaw in the vehicle that caused their death.

    Peter Lindner's nephew Thomas Fritz has been aware of the project since the start, has provided valuable family archive (stills and Lindner's own cine film from Le Mans and the 'Ring) and was one of the very first to ride in the restored car last week. That looks like approval to me (unless the deceased marshals' families should be consulted too).

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