The one and only factory Low Drag lightweight E-type has been put back together in one of the most complex restorations ever to take place. When it crashed at the Montlhery circuit in 1964, the Lindner Nocker E-type was so badly damaged that a complete restoration was thought to be impossible. Now, some 47 years later, the car has been returned to its former glory using more than 90% of the original parts.
Four years ago Peter Neumark started restoring the mangled wreck at his Classic Motor Car business, CMC, in Bridgnorth. Many said it could not be done, and most of the parts, including the body panels, had been bent beyond recognition and could not be used. However, CMC's team of dedicated restorers put the car back to the condition it was just before the crash.
More than 5000 hours went into restoring the body alone. The original crashed monocoque, which had been deemed too difficult to restore in the 1970s, was disseminated into individual panels. Each panel was then flattened, repaired and reformed into the original shape. The structure was then riveted and spot welded together as per the original construction method.
The restoration was assisted by members of Peter's Lindner's own family – Lindner was the driver who died in the 1964 crash. His family provided old photographs and cine footage of the car.
Peter Wilson, who worked in Jaguar’s Competition Department in 1964 and on the car at the time, was also tremendously helpful. However, special praise must go to Andrew Turvey at CMC, who dedicated himself to ensuring that every aspect of this amazing car was built to the original spec.
The importance of this car cannot be over estimated. It was one of only 12 lightweight E-Types built by Jaguar in 1963. In 1964 it was returned to Browns Lane, Coventry for its preparation as Jaguar's unofficial entry in the Le Mans 24hr that year. Malcolm Sayer had designed a special low-drag body, while work to the engine ensured it was the most powerful Jaguar the Competition Department had ever produced. It also became the last competition car prepared by the factory in Browns Lane, Coventry. It’s fitting then, that in this 50th Anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type, that this car should be reinstated now.
Since its rebirth, the car has been invited to some of the most famous events around the world but, before it goes to Italy and America, it was unveiled in Bridgnorth.
On hand to take part in the unveiling was Norman Dewis, Jaguar Cars’ famous test driver, as well as the original driver’s nephew, Tomas Fritz, plus the Frenchman who found the car in a garage ten years after it crashed, Patrick Lansard. They were together with the team who dedicated their lives to putting the Jaguar back to the way it was.