E-Type Projects – For Sale & Wanted!

E-Type Projects – WANTED!

We are always looking for good “core” body shells and bonnets, but can also find a GOOD home for your wrecked or rusty E-Type!  If your car needs TOTAL body restoration and you think it’s beyond what you are willing to get involved with, but you don’t want to see the car parted out – give us a call!

I would love to find your E-Type a good home and be a part of restoring it properly.  When I say that I will make sure it is restored and isn’t parted out, I mean it – and I have the references to prove it.

Call me anytime – Chuck  (443) 907-2287

E-Type Projects – FOR SALE!

We currently own several E-Type project cars that are available for purchase and restoration in our shop!

In our never-ending search for rebuildable E-Type bonnets and body shells, we run across alot of “parts cars” and abandoned projects that are deemed “too far gone” due to the condition of the monocoque.  But at Monocoque Metalworks, that’s NEVER true, and I often end up purchasing the cars in the hopes of finding them a good home.

Here I am last Fall in the northern tip of Michigan – having a ball rescuing another E-Type “parts car”…  There’s no such thing here – WE CAN FIX THEM ALL!!! – this one is being rebuilt as a high-performance driver and headed to Oklahoma!

We can take the car as far as you want to go! – We can offer the cars in several stages of completion – ranging from a restored shell and bonnet plus the pile of parts and a title, to a restored “roller” with the complete shell, bonnet, and restored suspension, etc.  OR – by partnering with a local E-Type restoration shop whose work we are proud to recommend, we can offer any of the cars below as a complete, turn-key E-Type, built to your exact specifications!

We can build the car to any specification you desire! – The cars listed below do not have to be restored into their original factory configuration.  For example, a Series 2 coupe can be seamlessly converted to a Series 1 tail and fitted with a restored Series 1 bonnet!  Interior components, seats, bumpers, engines, transmissions, brakes, and more can all be tailored to your specific ideas – the only limit is your imagination!  Take a look through our inventory and see if one of these cars if the right platform for YOUR E-Type

By combining our E-Type project car and parts inventory, our metalworking skills, and YOUR imagination, you can essentially call and have the E-Type of your dreams BUILT TO ORDER!

These are E-Type project cars that require FULL restoration.  They are all owned by Monocoque Metalworks outright, are located here at the shop, and have clear titles.

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VERY Early 1961 E-Type Roadster Project – SOLD!

Sorry – you missed her!  Give me a call if you would like to be placed on our “list” where you will get the “inside track” on the next great E-Type project we find!

What an incredible find!!!  This is approx. the 450th LHD E-Type Open Two-Seater (roadster) built – and approx. the 600th E-type built overall!  Of course, it is a flat-floor car, and is less than 75 cars after the outside bonnet latch cars – and as a result, still carries the mounting holes and bonnet bumpers for the outside latch cars.  It is ALL numbers-matching, still carries its original welded-louver bonnet, and… it RUNS!

Photos – There are many photos of the car below, and additional photos can be seen at the following link: DOZENS of Photos available – CLICK HERE!

Videos – I also have two videos of the engine running – one is included below, and the other can be viewed at this link:  1961 E-Type OTS – Video #1 – CLICK HERE!.

Shipping – I have helped several enthusiasts ship E-Type projects overseas, and am experienced in the process… I would be happy to help you in this regard, including safe transportation to the shipping port in Elizabeth, NJ in an enclosed trailer for a modest fee.

Here she is! This is a GREAT candidate for restoration, and a VERY RAE E-Type that is WELL worth the time and expense! This LHD roadster is one of the first 500 built, is all numbers-matching, and has a very solid, original, flat-floor, welded-louver body shell!

Here she is! This is a GREAT candidate for restoration, and a VERY RAE E-Type that is WELL worth the time and expense! This LHD roadster is one of the first 500 built, is all numbers-matching, and has a very solid, original, flat-floor, welded-louver body shell!

All Numbers Matching!

This is a completely numbers-matching car – all numbers have been checked by me personally.  A Heritage certificate has also been obtained, and confirms these numbers as well.  The engine block and head match each other and the number on the car’s data plate and the Jaguar Heritage certificate, and the gearbox also matches as well.  The original front chassis “picture frame” is still present, and factory stamped.  In the attached photos, the last digit of the car’s chassis number has been removed – this is so that the car will not be added to the xkedata website until the new owner cares to do so…

The car’s body tag, riveted into the boot, is 3 digits off from the Data Plate and Heritage Certificate – reading R1605 instead of R1602.  This is a common occurrence on early E-Types – a fact which is well documented in several publications, and I will stake my reputation that this IS the original body and body tag – it is in the original body paint color, and does not appear to have ever been removed.  In addition, it appears to have been “crossed out” with a yellow crayon – which were commonly used at the factory to write the car’s body number on the firewall and other locations – and I believe this is a factory “correction”…

This is the recently obtained Heritage Certificate, which shows that this car is entirely numbers-matching, and still includes its original factory-installed engine and gearbox. IT also confirms the original, superb color combination of black with red leather. The provenance of this E-Type is EXCELLENT!

This is the recently obtained Heritage Certificate, which shows that this car is entirely numbers-matching, and still includes its original factory-installed engine and gearbox. IT also confirms the original, superb color combination of black with red leather. The provenance of this E-Type is EXCELLENT!

The original Data Plate is still intact, and as you can see, matches all numbers on the Heritage certificate above. The last digit of the chassis number has been omitted so that the new owner may choose to make the car known to the world at their discretion...

The original Data Plate is still intact, and as you can see, matches all numbers on the Heritage certificate above. The last digit of the chassis number has been omitted so that the new owner may choose to make the car known to the world at their discretion…

I have personally checked ALL of the car's numbers - block, head, gearbox case and cover, chassis picture frame, and body tag - everything is 100% original and correct. An E-Type engine this early that is all original and complete - and runs - is worth a small fortune itself in the current market!

I have personally checked ALL of the car’s numbers – block, head, gearbox case and cover, chassis picture frame, and body tag – everything is 100% original and correct. An E-Type engine this early that is all original and complete – and runs – is worth a small fortune itself in the current market!

Currently silver with a black interior, this E-Type was originally delivered in black with a red interior – a very stunning and desirable color combination for an E-Type roadster!  This is documented on the car’s Heritage certificate, and can also be plainly seen on areas of the car that still carry the original factory paint, plus a few remnants of the original interior.

History

The car is being sold as a project needing total restoration, but currently DOES run smoothly, and has a working clutch and all gears have been tested and work fine.  The brakes are not currently operational, and so the car has only been driven short distances to ensure that all gears in the gearbox are functioning.  Two separate videos of the car running are included – one taken earlier this Spring by the current owner.  The other was taken by me personally this morning, and shows 50 lbs. of steady oil pressure at moderate RPM.

This E-Type was last registered and driven regularly in Pennsylvania in 1977.  The previous owner purchased the car as a second E-Type in it’s current condition in 1985, and it has been stored in a dry garage for the past 31 years, where it was found and purchased by the current owner approximately 6 months ago.  He is a lifelong professional British Car mechanic, who once owned a reputable repair shop in our area.  I have known him for over 30 years, and actually purchased my first E-Type from him.  He brought the car back to his home shop, and simply changed the oil and rebuilt the SU carbs, and the engine fired up and ran smoothly.

Here she is coming out of a 30-year hibernation in this garage - approx. 6 months ago. Note that the bonnet mouth looks smaller than usual - that is CORRECT for a car this early with an original welded-louver bonnet - which has a mouth slightly smaller from top to bottom than the typical Series 1 bonnet. This is a little-known feature of the very early cars, that is basically IMPOSSIBLE to duplicate!

Here she is coming out of a 30-year hibernation in this garage – approx. 6 months ago. Note that the bonnet mouth looks smaller than usual – that is CORRECT for a car this early with an original welded-louver bonnet – which has a mouth slightly smaller from top to bottom than the typical Series 1 bonnet. This is a little-known feature of the very early cars, that is basically IMPOSSIBLE to duplicate!

MANY Early Features!

As a VERY early flat-floor E-Type – built in August of 1961 – this car has literally DOZENS of rare, early parts and pieces!  A new, extremely comprehensive and ridiculously detailed book on E-Type originality – specifically focusing on the early cars – is currently in the final stages of publication and will be released very soon – I just spoke to the author about it directly at length last week.  Once the book is released, the assumption is that early E-Type values will increase dramatically, and this is precisely the car that is being focused on – VERY early, and with many parts that are noticeably different than the average E-Type. Specifically:

  • Original welded-louver, welded-flange bonnet
  • Flat Floors as well as a flat rear bulkhead
  • Wiper motor dated 6-61
  • Early (and pricey!) triple-eared air balance tube with early throttle linkage
  • “Pumpkin” painted 9:1 compresion head vs. later Gold painted heads
  • Original round brake bottles
  • Early oblong ashtray without wings
  • Super rare “double” rear decklid hinges
  • Two-piece door skins
  • Still has the outside bonnet latch mounting holes with blanking screws
  • Still has the bonnet “bumpers” on the outer edges of the cowl
  • Studs versus bolts in the bonnet carrier bracket
  • And many, many more!
This picture really says it all about how early this car is! When I was a kid working at the Jag shop, the "double boot lid hinge" was kind of a thing of legend - You heard people talk about it, but you wondered if it ever REALLY existed!

This picture really says it all about how early this car is! When I was a kid working at the Jag shop, the “double boot lid hinge” was kind of a thing of legend – You heard people talk about it, but you wondered if it ever REALLY existed!

Condition

The original “flat floor” body shell is quite solid for an E-Type of this age.  Some minor repairs have been made to the LH floor panel with fiberglass, but otherwise, I see almost zero heavy rust. The car still has ALL of it’s original body panels – it has not been “restored” in the past… The car has suffered minor collisions – in both the back and the front – but aside from cosmetic damage to the metalwork at both ends, there is no substantial body damage. Any panels needed to repair the damage to the tail are readily available and can be supplied by us with the car if desired.

The bonnet is the original welded-louver, welded-flange bonnet from THIS car!  It does have rust and accident damage, and will need a total restoration that includes metalwork, but this is typical of all original E-Types bonnets.  This one IS restorable – and these early bonnets have become essentially impossible to find!  I am being asked more and more frequently to “reproduce” these early bonnets, using later bonnets as donors, and the value of this original early bonnet – even in its current state – is considerable.

AN original welded-louver bonnet - in the current market, you can literally "name your price" for one of these! Very few 1961 E-Types that survived made it through the last 55 years with their original bonnet, and people are DYING to get their hands on an original - this one has been with this car since it left Brown's Lane!

AN original welded-louver bonnet – in the current market, you can literally “name your price” for one of these! Very few 1961 E-Types that survived made it through the last 55 years with their original bonnet, and people are DYING to get their hands on an original – this one has been with this car since it left Brown’s Lane!

The engine DOES RUN – and shows 50+ lbs. of oil pressure at approx. 2500 RPM. The gearbox shifts smoothly and operates in all forward gears and reverse – which of course also indicated that the rear differential is OK. The brakes are currently non-functioning. All components on the car are either original pieces or period replacements, and all components appear to be in good restorable condition, but the project is of course being sold in AS-IS condition, as a project car needing total restoration of all components.

Overview

This is an EXCELLENT early E-Type project – and an EXTREMELY RARE E-type as well – with a chassis number well UNDER 500!  These early cars are becoming more valuable every year, as E-type enthusiasts continue to search for E-Types that “stand out” within the 6-year run of Series 1 cars that are virtually unchanged and indistinguishable from one another…  In contrast, the early cars are noticeably different – even to the casual observer.  To an E-Type aficionado, they are simply irresistible – and as a result, their value continues to skyrocket well beyond the value of the typical E-Type.  This car is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and an “investment-grade” E-Type!

That being said, one might ask why the current owner is willing to sell such a car at this time?  The simple answer is that he has two…  This car and another nearly identical car built only a few weeks later were purchased by him from the same estate at the same time – that of one of his good customers from many years ago, who was an early student of these 1961 E-Types…  He has chosen to keep the other car – the later of the two, as it is more of a going concern and not quite ready for a restoration, so he is enjoying it as-is, and has decided to let this one go.

If you have the desire to own an E-Type from the early days of production – Summer of 1961, and what some call the “pre-Production” cars – then don’t let this opportunity pass you by!  If you could go back in time and walk up to the Jaguar display at New York, London, or Paris in the Spring of 1961 – and ordered your new black roadster right then and there – THIS E-TYPE is what would be delivered to you a few months later! With it’s early features, nuances, and yes, even minor “flaws” – THIS was the car that stopped the hearts of the entire motoring press – and the world – in 1961!

The car is so close to the outside bonnet latch cars - less than 75 cars later - that it stall carries the mounting holes for them on the sills, AND still has these bonnet bumpers on the outer edges of the forward bulkhead. Early details like this are EVERYWHERE on this E-Type!

The car is so close to the outside bonnet latch cars – less than 75 cars later – that it still carries the mounting holes for them on the sills, AND still has these bonnet bumpers on the outer edges of the forward bulkhead. Early details like this are EVERYWHERE on this E-Type!

In Conclusion

This is a flat-floor, welded-louver, Series 1 E-Type roadster – built in the Summer of 1961 – with a chassis number BELOW 500 – that is 100% numbers-matching and already confirmed with the Heritage Certificate – in the stunning and desirable original color combination of black/red – and is 99% complete, original, and currently RUNS!

For anyone who loves and appreciates the early cars, THIS is the one you have been waiting for – DON’T MISS IT!

Chuck Hadley – Monocoque Metalworks

(443) 907-2287

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Multiple Series 1 E-Type Projects – FOR SALE!

Project Overview:

For the past several years, I have been collecting orphaned, wrecked, and incomplete E-Types and E-Type parts. In many cases, customers have called me offering COMPLETE E-Type projects, that they have disassembled and THROWN AWAY the body shell. In other cases, I purchased entire collections of E-Type parts from other shops and enthusiasts that also parted out cars 25 years ago (and also threw out the body shells…), but still have nearly ALL of the components from the cars themselves. In many cases, I also received the data plates and titles for these “incomplete” E-Types.

As a result, Monocoque Metalworks now owns several E-Type project cars that are “complete” – but missing their original body shells and bonnets…

Of course, we do also possess the machinery, skills, and knowledge to build NEW body shells and bonnets for these cars. And now that we are finally getting settled in to the new shop, we are ready to begin the process of building NEW body shells for these cars. The construction of the body shells and bonnets for these cars will begin later this year, and should be completed by the end of 2017.

So, after several years of working on this endeavor, I am finally ready to offer these E-Type projects for sale. The cars listed below are our current collection of E-Type project cars. These cars are being offered for sale as COMPLETE projects, with ALL NEW body shells built by Monocoque Metalworks, making them complete E-Types again. These are all REAL, ORIGINAL Jaguar E-Types – they all have an original E-Type chassis number – plus clear titles and paperwork, and will be supplied with all of the original parts necessary to build a complete, original Jaguar E-Type.

Here is an example of a "naked" E-Type that made its way to our shop. This is a complete 1965 Jaguar E-Type OTS (roadster), minus the body shell, engine frames, doors and bonnet. We purchased this as a complete collection, and will reunite these components with a NEW monocoque body shell built in our new expanded facility.

Here is an example of a “naked” E-Type that made its way to our shop. This is a complete 1965 Jaguar E-Type OTS (roadster), minus the body shell, engine frames, doors and bonnet. We purchased this as a complete collection, and will reunite these components with a NEW monocoque body shell built in our new expanded facility.

Imagine purchasing an E-Type project for restoration, and then INSTANTLY fast-forwarding to this point where the metalwork is completed! Well, this is your chance! We are essentially offering "Barn Fresh" E-Type projects - but with FACTORY FRESH body shells and bonnets!

Imagine purchasing an E-Type project for restoration, and then INSTANTLY fast-forwarding to this point where the metalwork is completed! Well, this is your chance! We are essentially offering “Barn Fresh” E-Type projects – but with FACTORY FRESH body shells and bonnets!

 

The List:

All of the cars offered below are owned outright by Monocoque Metalworks. Each of the cars listed below is an original Jaguar E-Type, with a legitimate and clear Chassis number. None of the cars being offered are currently listed on www.xkedata.com, or in any other listing – anywhere – except the original factory logs. These E-Types have been “out of circulation” for 30-40 years in most cases, and YOU will be the one to tell their story as you see fit.

This is the current collection of E-Type project cars owned by Monocoque Metalworks. As you can see, we are gearing up to resurrect quite a few E-Types!

This is the current collection of E-Type project cars owned by Monocoque Metalworks. As you can see, we are gearing up to resurrect quite a few E-Types!

MM-OTS-3.8-01 – 3.8-liter E-Type OTS (roadster). Black exterior – Black interior. Build date of June 1962.

MM-OTS-3.8-02 – 3.8-liter E-Type OTS (roadster). Opalescent Dark Green exterior – Black interior. Build date of August 1963.

MM-OTS-3.8-03SALE PENDING – 3.8-liter E-Type OTS (roadster). Signal Red exterior – Black interior. Build date of August 1963.

MM-OTS-3.8-04 – 3.8-liter E-Type OTS (roadster). Golden Sand exterior – Unknown interior. Build date of April 1964.

MM-FHC-3.8-05 – 3.8-liter E-Type FHC (coupe). Black exterior – Unknown interior. Build date of January 1962.

MM-FHC-3.8-06 – 3.8-liter E-Type FHC (coupe). Old English White exterior – Red interior. Build date of April 1962.

MM-OTS-4.2-07 – 4.2-liter E-Type OTS (roadster). Pale Primrose exterior – Unknown interior. Build date of November 1964.

MM-FHC-4.2-08 – 4.2-liter E-Type FHC (coupe). Signal Red exterior – Black interior. Build date of July 1966.

What is included?

In each case, the new owner will receive a complete E-Type moncocoque body shell – either new or completely restored – with restored doors and boot lid mounted and fitted. New engine frame rails will also be fitted, as will a restored original bonnet. These bodies with mounted doors, decklids, and bonnets will be delivered in 2 coats of 2-part epoxy primer, ready for final block sanding and paint. Built with pride by Monocoque Metalworks, the accuracy, strength, and attention to detail of these E-Type body shells will be second to none.

The new Monocoque Metalworks body shell and bonnet is the real beauty of these projects! Actually, these cars are an absolute dream come true, really – they are essentially “barn find” E-Types, with FACTORY FRESH body shells and bonnets!

Here is another example of a complete E-Type body shell and bonnet restored by Monocoque Metalworks. The cars we are offering here will all have NEW monocoque body shells with our integrated "hidden subframe", NEW engine frame rails, and expertly restored original E-Type bonnets, doors, and rear boot lids (OTS roadster) or hatch (FHC coupe).

Here is another example of a complete E-Type body shell and bonnet restored by Monocoque Metalworks. The cars we are offering here will all have NEW monocoque body shells with our integrated “hidden subframe”, NEW engine frame rails, and expertly restored original E-Type bonnets, doors, and rear boot lids (OTS roadster) or hatch (FHC coupe).

When purchasing one of these projects from Monocoque Metalworks, the new owners will receive:

1) A complete E-Type body with mounted frame rails and bonnet – in a sturdy cart that allows safe and easy transportation from Monocoque Metalworks to the paint and restoration facilities of your choice.
2) A clear title and identity for this E-Type – in most cases including the original data plate and “picture frame” or crossmember. These are REAL, original E-Types!
3) ALL original parts required to make this a “complete” E-Type – all suitable for restoration. All parts are original and the condition of components varies, but all are excellent, restorable original pieces.
4) Monocoque Metalworks Technical support – 24×7 – for life… – which always sounds like no big deal, but trust me, this is worth a GREAT deal!  When you are stuck on a Saturday afternoon 3 years from now, just call!

This is not a very "glorious" shot of the projects in their current state, but shows the mezzanine of the new shop, which we specifically built for the purpose of storing these parts. This shot shows about half of the mezzanine - 6 to 8 E-Types disassembled takes up ALOT of space! In the coming weeks and months, we will be setting up a new rack system on the other side of the new shop and beginning to divide this treasure into separate piles of parts - each representing one E-Type.

This is not a very “glorious” shot of the projects in their current state, but shows the mezzanine of the new shop, which we specifically built for the purpose of storing these parts. This shot shows about half of the mezzanine – 6 to 8 E-Types disassembled takes up ALOT of space! In the coming weeks and months, we will be setting up a new rack system on the other side of the new shop and beginning to divide this treasure into separate piles of parts – each representing one E-Type.

Finally, the projects can also be “tailored” to fit your personal vision!  We can supply all “correct” period pieces for that E-Type – OR – we can change components to suit your tastes – later, improved braking systems, synchronized gearboxes, etc…

Timeframe:

We are rapidly moving toward the final completion of our new facility, at which point we will be ready to begin manufacture of the new body shells for these E-Types. We have already purchased ALL of the required machinery to produce the final 20% of the E-Type’s panels that we do not currently offer – the larger panels, a few more complicated panels, and other panels in the upper sections of the shell that do not typically need replacement. We are currently in the process of setting up this new machinery in the new shop, and building the necessary E-Type specific tooling for that remaining 20% – I actually just took delivery of the new firewall tooling a few hours ago… A project of this scale is not something that happens quickly, though, so I expect the body shells for these projects to be ready for delivery in 18-24 months.

This is an example of a restored bonnet from Monocoque metalworks that will be included with your new body shell...

This is an example of a restored bonnet from Monocoque metalworks that will be included with your new body shell…

...viewed from the underside, I can assure you that the monocoque body shell and bonnet assemblies that are included with these projects are WELL beyond anything that can be purchased ANYWHERE else - in originality, strength, AND the quality of fit and finish! And of course, WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!

…viewed from the underside, I can assure you that the monocoque body shell and bonnet assemblies that are included with these projects are WELL beyond anything that can be purchased ANYWHERE else – in originality, strength, AND the quality of fit and finish! And of course, WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!

In the meantime, you may secure the E-Type project of your choice from the list above with a substantial deposit, at which point full ownership of the car’s identity, as well as full ownership of the collection of original parts (minus the body shell and bonnet) will transfer to you. You may continue to have these items stored at our facility until the body shell is ready for delivery, OR you may collect those components and begin restoration of them while the body shell and bonnet are being built by Monocoque Metalworks.

To Purchase:

If you would like to secure one of these projects, please write back or CALL – which really is best for discussing this. I would be happy to give you more details about the project as a whole, or more specific details on any of the E-Types listed above.

NOTE! – While there are currently 8 different E-Types available – and all of these E-Types will ultimately have new bodies built for them and be offered for sale – I MUST limit this initial offering to ANY two, but ONLY two of the E-Types listed above. I need to do this to ensure that we do not get in over our heads here and end up being unable to fulfill our commitments to this project as well as our other customers. Building a complete shell to the high standard that we demand here is very time consuming… Once the first few complete body shells are built, we should be able to reduce the time required to build each shell.

So, if you are interested in being a part of this project, it would probably be best to call me sooner rather than later. Also, of course the cars above will be sold on a “first come, first serve” basis, and so if a particular car suits you more than the others, that is another reason to call right away…

IMPORTANT! – These projects are ONLY being sold as complete E-Type projects. We are NOT selling individual components, nor are we selling identities or titles under any circumstances. Please do not ask.

Thank You!

I have been preparing for this endeavor for several years – both in sourcing and securing the cars and parts, AND in expanding our machinery and eventually moving the business to a larger facility. This really has been my “pet project” for a long time, and I’m looking forward to working with the new owners to rescue these long forgotten E-Types! – Chuck

This was the view from my desk last Summer - where I often looked out and dreamed that these "picture frame" chassis members of long-forgotten 3.8 E-Type roadsters would someday be built back up into complete, road-going cars. If you think that one of them belongs in YOUR garage - give me a call!

This was the view from my desk last Summer – where I often looked out and dreamed that these “picture frame” chassis members of long-forgotten 3.8 E-Type roadsters would someday be built back up into complete, road-going cars. If you think that one of them belongs in YOUR garage – give me a call!

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1970 E-Type Fixed-Head Coupe – SOLD!

We recently acquired this 1970, Series 2, E-Type Fixed-Head Coupe, and it is a great candidate for restoration!  I have included some photos below – as it looked before it was disassembled, and as it looks today as a disassembled project car.  In addition, here is a link to an Internet photo album that contains 85 photos showing the condition of the project and all components.

Click here for MANY More Photos!

All Original and Highly Refined! – The car comes complete with ALL of it’s original components, and IS a matching numbers E-Type.  It was originally delivered with a “sable” (brown) exterior, and a “saddle” (tan) interior. This is a factory air-conditioned car, with manual rack-and-pinion steering.  As a late Series 2 coupe, it is the ultimate refinement of the 6-cylinder E-Type, incorporating a full-synchro gearbox, a racing-quality braking system, improved engine cooling, and more!  It also includes refinements such as air-conditioning, comfortable seats, and inner and outer armrests.  Finally, this E-Type even incorporates safety improvements like a collapsible steering column, shoulder seat belts, and headrests!  By the time this E-Type was built in the Fall of 1970, ALL of the kinks had been ironed out, and these cars are a pleasure to drive!

Solid and Straight Body and Bonnet! – The condition of the monocoque body shell and bonnet is QUITE good – and it has never been in a major accident.  The body shell has been stripped to bare metal, and you are seeing it in bare metal in the photos at the link above – there is NOTHING to hide!  One front floor has been replaced, and a new boot floor has been installed.  There is light surface rust on the interior panels, etc., and some sloppy rustproofing, plus the outside was sprayed in a cheap primer about 25 years ago.  The car has been indoors all of that time, but this all needs to come off…  SO – I would recommend a light blasting back to bare metal and re-coating with a good 2-part epoxy primer.

The remaining metalwork to be done looks to be limited to the repair of the lower portion of the LH inner sill, and replacement of both outer sills.  The doors and rear hatch door are EXCELLENT – they are straight and rust free!  The bonnet needs a new lower valance (most E-Types do…), but after that, it is an easy restoration, with only a few minor dents in the nose of the center section, and EXCELLENT wings.  Overall, this is a VERY easy body restoration as E-types go – take another look at the condition of the doors – I think that says it all!

Good Condition of components – was running and driving when disassembled. – The first few photos were taken of the car before it was disassembled – and while still in its original paint.  As you can see, the car was straight and had never been in a major accident, and aside from one minor repair to the bonnet, was never repainted.  The previous owners have assured me that the car was running and driving well, and the original intention was to repair some minor rust issues and re-paint the car, but that in order to do a high-quality paint job and color change, the car was completely disassembled, and then never finished.  It is POSSIBLE that you could change the fluids and fire this engine right up, but you should plan on doing some engine work, if not a total refresh…

All new rubber, new steering wheel, and a COMPLETE NEW Interior Kit! – This project essentially comes with TWO complete interiors!  The original Cinnamon (tan) interior was in EXCELLENT original condition, and could be carefully cleaned and a few minor issues repaired, and reused with its original patina.  BUT – the car also comes with a complete, new BLACK interior kit – that includes all interior trim, carpets, hardura, fiber backing, complete seats with headrests and new foam and diaphragms.  There is also a complete rubber seal kit, and a brand new steering wheel.  The value of these new parts are in excess of $5,000 USD.

 

Additional Information:

  • This E-Type was a running and driving car before it was disassembled, and has been stored indoors for the past 20+ years – the project is 100% complete (some items are not shown in the photos but they are ALL there!), and the condition of the components is excellent!
  • It has a clear US title, and will be re-assembled and packed for easy transport within the US or overseas.  We have experience with overseas shipment, and can help you make the process hassle-free.
  • It is a complete, original, numbers-matching E-Type – a 1971 Series 2 Fixed-Head Coupe (a 2-seat coupe, NOT a 2+2…), with a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder engine, and a full-synchro, 4-speed manual transmission.  It was also delivered from the factory with air-conditioning.
  • The original color scheme appears to have been Sable exterior (brown) with a Cinnamon (tan) interior.
  • Purchasing an E-Type project car from Monocoque Metalworks entitles you to 24×7 technical support for life!  This sounds like a small point now, but trust me, it will prove to be an invaluable asset throughout your restoration – and I’m happy to do it – call or write ANYTIME!

Call or write if interested, but… DON’T WAIT! – We are busy with a move to a new shop, and space is at a premium around here, so this one is “priced to sell”!!!  With a straight, solid body that needs little work to complete, matching numbers, the excellent condition of the components, an engine that should need little machine work (if any), and a new interior – this is an EASY restoration that will be inexpensive and move along quickly!  It’s a great E-Type project  – and available at a fraction of some of the high prices we are currently seeing in the current market…

Don’t miss it – good ones like this go FAST! – Chuck

This is a photo of the car in the early-mid 1980’s – all original and still purring like a kitten!

The coloring on these old photos is faded and makes the car look dark blue, but it’s actual color is “Sable” – which is essentially brown, with a “Cinnamon” interior – which is kind of an orang-ish brown, like the color of a baseball glove…

The car is a late Series 2 with air-conditioning and manual steering – a great combination. Many of the later FHC and OTS 6-cylinder E-Types were fitted with power steering, but I much prefer the standard manual unit. I believe that power steering is overkill on a short-wheelbase E-Type, and you loose some of the E-Type’s excellent tactile feel for the road…

The car was disassembled and stripped bare for a complete restoration, and the project was never completed, as is often the case. ALL parts and pieces are included – the boxes, tubs, and parts packed inside look like enough stuff for TWO cars – it’s ALL there!

After stripping bare, the project was abandoned, but kept inside a dry suburban garage for the past quarter century. What you are seeing here is surface rust, and some dribs and drabs of various “rustproofing” coatings. The shell should be blasted bare again, and sprayed in a good 2-part epoxy primer.

Overall, the monocoque body shell is VERY solid, but did have some issues. Some work has already been completed, and the boot floor has already been replaced with a new panel.

The bonnet is very good compared to most that we see. A minor bump in the nose was repaired with filler in the past, and has been stripped back down bare in the nose. There is ZERO rust in the center section, and smoothing out the few dents is a quick and easy job.

The wings are EXCELLENT originals, with only a small spot of rust in the lower corner of one wing – very typical and easily repaired.

The doors are PERFECT! No cancerous rust, and are probably the best pair of 6-cylinder doors I have seen yet! Just blast and prime!

This is a shot of the original seats – also great, and a good indicator of the overall condition of all components on the car.

More shots of the original interior – probably cleanable and useable as is, BUT…

The project also comes with a COMPLETE, BRAND NEW interior! The new interior is a good, correct one, and is complete – with seats, all internal panels, and even new seat cushions and diaphragms!

So – with minimal metalwork needed, and then nice new paint inside and out, you’ll be well on your way to putting this one back together! This project will probaby move along faster and less expensive than most any other E-Type project – you’ll be back on the road in no time!

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1968 Manual (4-speed) 2+2 – SOLD!

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! Well, I found the old girl a GOOD home, where she is going to be appreciated for what she is!  We just made arrangements with a gentleman in the UK to bring the car back to where she was born, and who is planning to restore this E-Type and enjoy fun afternoons – with the grandkids tagging along in the back seat – PERFECT!

I’ve gotta tell you, I’m pretty proud of myself on this one!  This E-Type has been sitting indoors for 30 YEARS – and too often, an early 2+2 like this would have been parted out…  Well,…  NOT ON MY WATCH, BABY!!!  This is a great car, and I’m looking forward to following along as she is restored to her former glory – and DRIVEN!

Thanks, Dave, and Good Luck with the project! – Chuck

I recently arranged to purchase a large batch of E-Type parts and pieces, and included in the deal is this orphaned 1968 E-Type – Series 1.5, 4-speed, 2+2.

Click here to view detailed photographs!

I have found that the Series 1 and 1.5 4-speed 2+2’s are a real “hidden gem”!  In my opinion, they are currently the best kept secret in the E-Type hobby, and a fabulous car in their own right!  I really like these early 2+2’s, and having one just like it downstairs, I am all too familiar with how great this car can be!  On top of that, they are a BARGAIN!  So if you are still looking for the right E-Type project – read on – this just might be it!

  • Barn Find – This E-Type was purchased as a non-running project car in 1980, and has been stored indoors in this GOOD building ever since.  Actually, this is kind of a more modern, well-constructed “barn”, so I guess you COULD say this is a barn find!
  • Clear US Title – It has a clear US title, and rolls and steers for easy transport.
  • Numbers-Matching – It is a complete, original, numbers-matching E-Type that has never been disassembled.
  • Manual – It is an original 4.2-liter, full-synchro 4-speed.  Also, as a NON-air-conditioned 2+2, it is much rarer (and more desirable) – than the more common Automatic/AC 2+2’s…  It appears that this car DID once have an aftermarket air-conditioning system that has been removed.
  • Light Blue/Black – The original color scheme is light blue with a black interior.  I do have a LARGE amount of EXCELLENT dark blue interior trim pieces from a 1968 2+2 that can be included in this package if you like.  These pieces were removed from a restored light blue 2+2 with a dark blue interior, whose owner parted out THAT beautiful car and used it to build a FHC…  This includes a VERY GOOD dark blue leather rear seat, door panels, center console, cantrails, etc.  Sorry, I do not have the dark blue front seat covers.  The point is that light blue with a dark blue interior would look GREAT, and I already have about half of the interior – which can be a little pricey on a 2+2 because the rear seat is all leather…

I REALLY want to find this E-Type a good home, so the price for this project is very reasonable in the current market – and negotiable! Give me a ring and let’s talk about finding this E-Type a good home in your garage!  We can also tailor the project to suit your particular tastes/needs – possibly including the dark blue interior pieces mentioned above, Series 1 covered headlamp conversion, triple SU’s, new panels, etc

In conclusion, this is a GREAT E-Type that you should SERIOUSLY consider! This is a good, honest E-Type project car.  There is some rust in the outer sides of the floor panels, and also the lower sections of the sills, concentrated in the rear outer corners of the floors.  This is typical on a 2+2, but the inner sections of the floors and all around the driveline tunnel are solid.  The car has been resprayed black over the original light blue, but there is ZERO metalwork or filler under the black paint – it is a simple respray…  So you won’t have to worry about cleaning up someone else’s mess – this car is VIRGIN!

I imagine this car restored, plus converted to triple carbs, smooth cam covers, and covered headlamps – at which point you basically have a Series 1 coupe with a 9-inch longer wheelbase – giving you a roomier interior for longer touring, and a MUCH smoother and stable ride at high speed.

I am in the business and can pretty much have any E-Type I want I guess – but I drive an E-Type JUST LIKE the one offered for sale here…  I still have my original 3.8 roadster downstairs, but it is in a million pieces and may never go back together at this rate – ESPECIALLY with the ’67 2+2 around!  I drive my 2+2 EVERY DAY in the Spring, Summer, and Fall – and I LOVE IT!  If I need to go somewhere, and don’t need the truck, I drive the 2+2!  It is a big part of “living the E-Type dream” here at the shop – and now also a family favorite that is not for sale at any price – I highly recommend it!

There are several photos below – the first batch are of the ’68 E-Type 2+2 that is available, the last few are of my family and I having a BALL in my late-’67 last Spring and Summer!

This is 100% of the E-Type dream at 25% of the price – Don’t miss it!

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1966 Fixed Head Coupe – SOLD!

Overall Info – This is a 1966, Series 1 Fixed-head Coupe. It is a non-numbers matching project car that is complete, but also completely apart (although it is currently loosely assembled into a roller for transport. This car was originally Opalescent Silver Grey with a light grey interior. It was built in late-December of 1965. I purchased the car earlier this Spring in Quebec, Canada, and imported the car into the US with all of the proper paperwork. When you purchase the car, it will have a Maryland, US title in my name.

Aside from the engine and gearbox, all parts included are from THIS car – it was just disassembled for restoration by a previous owner, and like so many other E-Types, it never got any farther than that…

Click HERE for a more-in-depth description of this car with DOZENS of Photos!

PhotosMANY MORE PHOTOS are available – just ask! There is also a more in-depth blog entry on this car – look for it in the “E-TYPE PROJECTS FOR SALE” Blog category to the right.

THIS CAR IS COMPLETE!  What isn’t shown here IS included – click the link above for more details and photos of the pieces not shown here.  She’s not pretty in her current state, but there’s nothing to hide on this project either! New NOS rear wings are included, and aside from the usual floor, sill, and boot floor rust problems, the shell is in very good condition. The front and rear bulkheads are excellent, and the roof and tunnel are also both good. The car is currently loosely assembled as a roller, with the front and rear suspensions bolted into place.

Body Shell – The monocoque body shell is original to this car and still carries its original doors and rear hatch. It has never been in an accident. It is coming out of Canada, so it does have the typical Northeastern US rust, and will need “the usual” as far as body repairs – full floors, inner and outer sills, all sill closing panels and gussets, new boot floor, and repairs to the rear wheel arches, etc. The monocoque has been partially dissected already – the rear wings have been removed. This makes the shell look VERY daunting at the moment, but this is actually a blessing in disguise. The car comes with two NOS (new, old stock…) rear wings (valued at $1,400 EACH) – meaning that you will be able to replace the entire rear wing for a clean, perfect rear wing versus the usual coupe curse of the rear wheel arch patch. AND – while the rear wings are off, there is great access to all of the internal panels! It also comes with an NOS boot floor. It can be sold as-is, OR as a package deal that includes EVERY SINGLE panel you will need to reuild the body shell and bonnet.

Bonnet – The bonnet is complete, but it does have rust and filler – pretty common…  It is restorable – with patience and our repair panels – some off the shelf and maybe some custom pieces, you can definitely restore this one.

It’s all apart, but it’s all there – and all components are in good restorable condition. Look in our regular blog postings for MANY more photos of this project!

Engine & Gearbox – because this is NOT a numbers-matching car, it is available WITHOUT the engine and/or trans if you like. Maybe you have access to another engine and trans, an old race motor, or “something else”… The engine that we have for it is a correct 1966 E-Type engine, but it is completely apart. It was disassembled in the past to be rebuilt and like the rest of the car, that never happened. In the process of that, all items to be replaced were discarded, so there are no bearing shells, pistons and rings, etc… So you will receive the block, crank, rods, complete (and still assembled…) E-Type head with cams, smooth valve covers, timing cover, water pump, pulleys, E-Type oil filter housing and oil pan, etc. The gearbox is a correct 1966 full-synchro, close-ratio E-Type unit – completely apart. OR – we have another 1966 full-synchro, close-ratio gearbox that is still assembled and beautiful inside if you would rather upgrade to that one…

Suspension and Steering – the complete front and rear suspension – and all steering components – are original to this car, in good restorable condition, and currently loosely assembled to make this car a roller.

Interior – all of the interior pieces are original to this car – it’s all there and everything under the upholstery is in decent condition – covered metal panels and seat frames are not rusted, etc.

Electricals – the entire dash is still in the car with all of the gauges and toggle switches in good restorable condition – it is all original to this car. Some (if not all) of the wiring harness is still intact, but you will want to replace that anyway. This car DOES have the rare Triplex heated rear window – the switch and escutcheon is on the dash, and the rear window glass with thin embedded wires is intact.

Chrome – MOST (if not all) of the original chrome is present and in good, straight, restorable condition.

MISSING!

  • Intake manifold and SU carbs (we DO have a complete set of 4.2 XK Webers and manifold available…) – it DOES have the complete air cleaner assembly, including air cleaner trumpet plate, fiberglass snorkel, and air cleaner canister.
  • Radiator – I recommend a new aluminum unit…
  • Exhaust system beyond manifolds (of course…)

So there it is – one 1966 E-Type Coupe – “all there and ALL apart” – “it HAS everything, but it also NEEDS everything” – hey, just trying to be honest. They’re scary all apart like this to the untrained eye, but you have to take it apart anyway to get started, and don’t worry – it’s all there. AND – we have TONS (literally) of E-Type parts now, so if you do run into something that’s missing down the road, just call and we’ll send one out – for free of course. PLUS – you can also take peace of mind in the fact that if you purchase an E-Type project car from me, you get “tech support for life” – no kidding, call anytime.

What all this means is that the car is REASONABLY priced – give me a ring and we’ll talk!

Here is how she will look when she's done!

Here is how she will look when she’s done!

Based on my calculations, this car was built right around New Years 1965-66 – it is a PURE Series 1, 4.2-liter E-Type Coupe with all the trimmings – covered headlamps, toggle switches, triple carbs, full-sychro CLOSE-RATIO gearbox, the better brake pedal box with the booster, the good comfortable seats, heated rear window – for a Series 1 coupe, it just doesn’t get any better than this! All you have to do is come and get it and spend a little time out in the garage over the next few years!

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Click HERE for a list of E-Type Project Cars we have sold in the past

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Even MORE Projects  – AVAILABLE!

We have more stuff than what is listed – it seems like there are E-Type parts all over the place!  And, good project cars like those above coming and going all the time – give us a ring if you don’t see what you are looking for and we might have something that will work!

The E-Types we have available are “rough” in alot of people’s eyes, but they just don’t have our imagination, experience, and most importantly – our ability to rebuild ANY monocoque body shell – which is what kills most E-Types.   I have trained my eyes over the past 25 years to “see” the car differently than most – for example, I don’t even look at the lower 12 inches of the car – I know it is all getting replaced anyway!

We are literally bursting at the seams with E-Type cars and parts! Most of our project cars are shown without bonnets, but believe me, we have them! Any of the project cars above can be fitted with any type of bonnet you desire – Series 1 or 2 – built from original panels that are properly restored. This shot shows most of the center sections we have currently, but all of the inner valances, wings, and lower valances were packed onto pallets and taken over to the warehouse. And we have plenty of parts too – engines, transmissions, chrome, seats – you name it!  Whatever vision you have for YOUR E-Type, we can make it happen!

Instead, I look for things like completeness, engines that run or at least turn freely, condition of the non-body components, straight roofs, etc.  I stand by my “mantra” that the ONLY way to get a “good” E-Type is to build it yourself, and I tell people all the time – “If you’re going to buy one, either spend $20,000 or $100,000 – anything in between is going to be junk that you end up tearing down to the point of something you could have bought for $20,000 in the first place…”

There are alot of people out there that buy and sell E-Types, part them out, etc. because they know it is one way to make a quick dollar on a previous owner whose health is failing, has hit hard times, or just doesn’t know what their car is worth.  It has been going on for decades and it drives me crazy to see 50 “E-Type Wanted in any condition” ads in the back of Hemmings every month…

That’s not what we are about here – we don’t buy and sell E-Types – we BUILD them.  I rescue these cars and offer them to see them survive instead of being parted out, and truth be told, also because I’d have 100 E-Types probably if I could!  So instead, I indulge my addiction by building great E-Types for other people!

When you purchase one of our projects, we’re ALL in it together.  I’ll be building your shell and bonnet myself, and overseeing the rest of the restoration like it is my own car.  If you choose to just take the car as a project with a new shell, you get “tech support” for life – ask any question, and if I don’t know the answer, I know who does.  In addition, we stay in touch with the previous owner, and keep them up to date on the status of the restoration, which they can follow along with through our blog.

That being said…

E-Type Projects – WANTED!

We are always looking for good “core” body shells and bonnets, but can also find a GOOD home for your wrecked or rusty E-Type!  If your car needs TOTAL body restoration and you think it’s beyond what you are willing to get involved with, but you don’t want to see the car parted out – give us a call!

I would love to find your E-Type a good home and be a part of restoring it properly.  When I say that I will make sure it is restored and isn’t parted out, I mean it – and I have the references to prove it.

Call me anytime – Chuck  (443) 907-2287