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Vintage Cars

Saving Iconic Jaguar E-Types From the Scrap Heap of History

Jaguar’s Classic Workshop sits at the marque’s historic Browns Lane site in Coventry, U.K. Opened in 2014 to build six brand-new Lightweight E-types (12 of the projected 18 aluminium-bodied cars were originally assembled in 1963), today the workshop and its workers are led by third-generation Jaguar employee Martyn Hollingsworth. They all work to restore Jaguars from the carmaker’s storied past. Photographs by Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

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    Historically, Jaguar's Browns Lane facility produced cars from 1951 until 1998 when production moved to new digs. The site reopened in 2014. 

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    The workshop goes beyond just servicing and restorations and is also set up to build brand-new cars. Here an engineer removes the seals from a Series One E-type.

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    Cobwebs cover parts of the engine of a Series One E-type.

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    The steering wheel, speedometer and instrument panel of a Series One E-type.

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    A mechanic services a Jaguar XJ220 supercar. Engineers at the workshop help preserve Jaguar cars from all over the world.

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    The cars are worked on fewer than a hundred yards from where some of the original machines were assembled in the 1960s.

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    A mechanic fits a tire to a Series One E-type.

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    A rusting 3.8 liter Series One E-type engine awaits refurbishment.

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    Mechanics work on the assembly stage of rebuilding a Series One E-type.