1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2

We have completed at least one E-Type restoration every year for the last 7 years. Take a closer look at how we rebuild this iconic car.

An E-Type is a great average when it comes to restoring a classic car. They have a complex drive train, suspension and body fit. However parts are plentiful and there are a number of specialist suppliers allowing for a competitive spares market. We have completed at least one E-Type every year for the last 7 years and these calculations form the back bone of every quote we do.

Obviously not every car needs everything doing to it. Some may come with an interior that is all in good condition, and engine, gearbox or rear cradle that has been recently refurbished or the body may be completely rust free. But if you are buying a ‘barn find’ that has not turned a wheel in 30 years this is the commitment you are making:

Labour to disassemble, assess and clean

140 hours

Probably the most important stage of any restoration. As each component comes off the vehicle it must be photographed and assessed.  If it can be reused it needs to be cleaned, either by a chemical bath, bead blasting or carefully by hand. Once this has been done a schedule can then be put together which makes sure that when the car is ready to be re-assembled:

  • We know how it goes back together
  • The parts have been refurbished or replaced with new
  • The integrity of the original car is maintained


100 hours

Most ‘repairs’ to a body shell can be dealt with in 100 hours. These might include:

  • Reshaping panels with dents
  • Some rust repairs to jacking points, bottoms of doors, sill sections etc
  • Removing original paint/under seal + Zinc prime
  • Chassis/outrigger repair

However it is not going to rebuild a badly damaged or rusted out body shell. Metal work is highly skilled and takes time so assessing the body is of utmost importance before any budget can be agreed.


160 hours

Once a body shell has had its paint, under seal and any rust removed plus any fabrication carried out it can be prepared and painted.  The body will be dry built, shaped and once we are happy:

  • Zinc Primed – for corrosion protection
  • Undersealed with (Colour matched) 2-Pack Raptor Coat on the underside (crinkle finish), inside and engine bay (smooth finish). This tough paint gives exceptional coverage and chemical/rust protection
  • Painted in your choice of colour
  • Lacquered to seal the paint and give a deep glossy finish.

Major Component Refurbishment

£8,500 + VAT

Major components include: The engine, gearbox, axle and in the case of an E-Type the rear sub frame or cradle. Generally not all of these will need a complete rebuild we can check their health and decide which need some love and attention.

Secondary Component Refurbishment

£5,530 + VAT

These include suspension components, gauges, heater boxes, steering wheels, road wheels, steering racks/columns, hubs, brake calipers, fuel tanks etc.

Parts and consumables

£12,500 + VAT

This is where our detailed list from the strip process becomes really important. By knowing what we need to replace right at the beginning we can make sure that the parts are sourced and ordered in the most cost effective way possible. They will include:

  • Rubber components such as seals, mounts and bushes
  • Shock absorbers/springs
  • Radiator, water pump, header tank etc
  • Upgrades to electric fan, high torque starter motor, electronic ignition
  • New fastenings, nuts, bolts, washers
  • Brake discs, caliper rebuild kits, pads etc
  • Chrome and bright work replacement/refurbishment
  • Service parts and fluids
  • New wiring loom and associated components

Interior Re-trim

£8,000 + VAT

A complete interior in the material of your choice includes:

  • Carpet set
  • Headlining
  • Re-upholster of seats including covers, foams and base overhaul
  • Dash repairs and re-trims
  • Door cards
  • Replacement vinyl/leather trims

Labour to rebuild and test

500 hours

Faced with a jigsaw puzzle of new/refurbished components, sub frames and chassis/body shell the rebuild can commence. We use a dedicated two man team to complete every build. They will have:

  • Stripped the vehicle
  • Know where every component is
  • Have all the manufacturer specs and handbooks available
  • Have a huge record of pictures to help them put it back together exactly as it should be.

We budget 400 hours for the initial build and a further 100 hours for tuning, set up, MOT and shake down. The engineers and management will complete 250 miles before the car is professionally machine polished, detailed and ready to be handed over.

Come and talk to us about your project

With 10 years experience in restoring all manor of classics, Project Shop can help delivery your dream car. Book a consultation with Simeon and the team to talk through your project ideas

CALL – 01869 351 883

What Our Customers Say

Project Shop rebuilt my Triumph TR6 chassis and body, which was an extensive job as it was a wreck. Several other workshops had looked at it and declined to take it on, but Simeon and his crew took a different viewpoint. I now have a car body and chassis, that although are 49-years old, the whole thing looks brand new. The attention to detail, and the efficiency with which the work was carried out, was outstanding. Highly recommended!


I took my brand new replica vintage car in to the Classis Project Shop for a tune of its carburetors as it wasn't running as well as it should. I was aware of some other niggling problems but took very little heed of them. A very detailed examination of the car was clearly carried out and there were a number of issues discovered. Some I was aware of and others I wasn't. What I got back was a car that was no longer 85% right - it was 100%. This gave me a huge amount of confidence in the reliability and safety of the car going forward. This company is extremely professional, with experienced and courteous staff and represents excellent value. I would certainly very highly recommend them.


I can’t recommend Project Shop highly enough and have used them multiple times in the past 4 years. Highly experienced classic car mechanics/engineers with a can do approach and encyclopaedic knowledge of how to repair/fix any problem – this is so critically important, is virtually impossible to find these days and saves time and most importantly money. Very reasonable hourly rates when you consider what you are getting and they seem to actually care about the car a great deal. All aspects of a project are discussed in detail before any actual work/repairs are commenced and the customer is kept regularly informed, the communication really is excellent. You are invited to visit and inspect the vehicle for yourself if an when an issue crops up and are made to feel most welcome not to mention the invaluable advice given on how to best maintain your vehicle moving forward. Without doubt one of the best classic car specialists in the country.


Owning a classic car is a combination of excitement, joy, pride and, mostly, frustration. The team at CPS share the first three and help to take the sting out of the fourth. Simeon is always available with good advice, sympathy and a willingness to go the extra mile to keep a car at it's best. His team look after the vehicle as of it is there own, and no detail is too minor.

A professional and detail orientated team, with extensive knowledge and experience, and a pleasure with which to deal.


A real delight to find people who love their cars. They have an encyclopaedic knowledge of the past and present issues surrounding the motor vehicle. A welcome change from the motor dealerships that don't care much about "old" only value "new" and think that they part of a car service industry whilst their only concerns are profits and sales targets.
From my own experience, Simeon and his team are a pleasure to deal with, since I was introduced to the Classic Project Shop my "Aston" has never run so well


Driving Puff yesterday was amazing - she felt like a new car again. Thanks to all the guys who have worked so hard to make this dream of mine a reality. And Puff thanks you too!


Did a fantastic job on my Goddess, running like a dream! Really enthusiastic bunch of people who know their stuff. The commitment and customer service is second to none and they will always be my first port of call from now on. Thank you.


Kind, reliable and so helpful. I had purchased my first T25 camper and they checked it over thoroughly, explaining everything to be done. Simeon was attentive and never made me feel out of place or awkward. Answered all questions and found the best solutions. Personal and caring service and excellent work, even helping me by phone when I was stuck in France with an oil leak! Superb people. Cannot praise their professionalism enough.


A great bunch of dedicated people who have a passion for cars.


Had a good look around whilst on a breakfast meeting and was very impressed. Well done.


Great bunch of lads and only too happy to help and offer advice.


I’ve not, in 52 years of motoring, had better service. Collection and delivery of my car, swift diagnosis and cure with excellent value for money. A group of very personable people who share my enthusiasm for motoring, I’ll use them again without a second thought. Thank you, Guys, I’ll be back!


The quality of the work and the people. Update! Been back again and just as happy. The team is talented and professional. They can have my Classic Mini next. 100% Recommended.


Driving Puff yesterday was amazing - she felt like a new car again. Thanks to all the guys who have worked so hard to make this dream of mine a reality. And Puff thanks you too!


Outstanding work carried out here, highly recommend.


Virtually replaced evety section of the inner bodywork of my Triumph TR6, and parts of the chassis. Didn't muck about, but just got on with it and did a great job. I will always go back there - every time. No question.


Good honest old fashioned values. Highly recommended.


Fantastic bunch of guys, very knowledgeable and professional.