Over the shifting sands of automotive history, time tends to stand still for the beloved Jaguar E-Type. There have surely been faster and rarer cars, but when it comes to the complete package, few autos can dethrone the E-Type.
But that didn’t stop Coombs from preparing and entering racecars for some of the biggest names of the day, including Jack Brabham and Bruce McLaren. Coombs’ famously race-prepped Jaguar Mark 1 and Mark 2 saloons (nicknamed ‘Evolution’ models) as well as E-Types to considerable success, the latter of which inspired this 1962 3.8-liter E-Type model.
Coombs purchased the vehicle in 2007 and began an extensive restoration process. Its drive configuration was moved from right-hand drive to left, as was originally manufactured by the factory.
More pronounced flares were massaged into the rear wheel arches, a new aluminum hood added, rear bumper restyled, and the suspension height lowered an inch. Inside, the car incorporated power-assisted steering and leatherwork by Moto Trim.
The engine saw a tune-up as well. 10:1 compression flat-top pistons were added, along with high-lift D-Type camshafts, a gas-flowed cylinder head, stainless steel exhaust, and a lightweight flywheel.
The brakes have been upgraded to four-piston calipers with vented discs. Power runs through an aluminum-cased five-speed gearbox.