Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Matthew Lloyd
Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Matthew Lloyd

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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