1961 Jaguar E Type FHC - Chassis # 885013
Interesting and unique features of an extremely early production E Type Coupe


Over the last three decades we have had the privilege to work on literally hundreds of E Types, many of which went on to be National Champions and winners of countless Concours events. A typical Classic Jaguar E Type restoration takes between 2,000 and 2,500 hours. The restoration of 885013, one of just 20 LHD outside latch coupes ever built, took every bit of 5,000 hours to complete.

The owner of this very special E Type was determined that the restoration should be as close to original specifications as it was possible to achieve. The goal was to build the car to be cosmetically perfect and historically accurate in every detail. To that end, we went to incredible lengths to source correct, often 'dated' components, restoring everything to precisely the same appearance it would have been new. We were also very fortunate to have the involvement and guidance of Dr Mike Mueller, perhaps the world's leading expert in all matters pertaining to extremely early production E Type coupes.
Not only did Mike guide us on points of originality, but he also came up with some incredibly rare and hard to find used and NOS components that were unique to the very early production E Types.

885013 is the best E Type restoration we have ever done. Not only is it a legitimate candidate for being the best condition E Type in the world, it is also correct to the most minute detail. There are so many subtle differences between the very early coupes and all subsequent E Types that it would be impossible to photograph and document every single nuance or production change in these pages. Having said that, I have listed and photographed just a few of these differences below. I hope that this list, and of course the full record of our restoration elsewhere on the Classic Jaguar website, might be of some assistance to anyone restoring a very early E Type in the future.

The most obvious significant feature of this car is the outside bonnet latch. 20 LHD
outside latch coupes were built, of which only 18 left the factory.
885013 is believed to be one of just three of the surviving outside latch coupes
to have its original bonnet

Body number stamped on RH bonnet brace
Early style bonnet hinges (below)

Very early coupe doors had thin section at upper rear edge
Another view of the thin section at upper rear edge of the door

Because of the thin rear edge of the early coupe doors, a rubber fillet
was glued at the upper edge of the B pillar shut face panel
Very early bonnet lower panel had two rarely seen spot welded captive
nut brackets

Interior cantrail trim pieces were shaped differently on the very early coupes
Inner quarter trim panels were also different on very early coupes

This is the original factory chassis number stamping on the picture frame
Very early style tailgate latch significantly different from all subsequent latches

Early latch had button head phillips screws (later they were countersunk and slotted)
Early latch frames were welded

Butler England license plate lamp frames were a feature of the early cars
Tailgate hinges had 13T and 13 B stamped on them (car # 13, top and bottom)

Early E Type cylinder heads were painted 'pumpkin gold'
Very early IRS tie plate

Very early hub carriers had the same size inner and outer wheel bearings and no
water throw collars
Hub carrier part number C15228-4 is so early it is not even in the
J-30 Spare Parts Catalogue

This is the original data plate for 885013
NOS washer pickup and tach generator supplied by Mike Mueller (new in boxes)

No hinge covers on the early coupes
Note sharp 'pointed' A pillar chrome, a unique feature of the very early coupes

Lower section of A pillar chrome also features a sharp point
Very early AERAMIC wipers

Very early Lucas rear view mirror with pointed stalk
Very early boot lid badge was flatter and sharper edged than later versions

Unique clear running light lens unique to early cars (courtesy of Dave Ferguson)
No "ENGLAND" lettering on chrome lens cover when used with Butler frames

Rear window chrome is slightly different shape on the very early coupes
Flat dash top pads on very early E Types

Original steering wheel was restored
Early exhaust systems were coated black

Aluminum spacers at the bottom of the rear springs were a feature of
the early E Types
Fuel sump with male threads unique to very early E Types
(courtesy of Dave Ferguson)

Original lightweight drive shaft rebuilt and restored
Early cast 'smooth' oil pan with no cooling ribs

Spinners unique to German and Swiss supplied E Types
Early heater intakes were crudely made (note wavy bottom edge)

Early heater intakes were painted body color (again, note wavy bottom edge)
885013 is one of only ten outside latch coupes known to survive

LH engine bay panel unique to very early E Types (note cut-out bottom left for
crank case breather pipe)
RH engine bay panel is also only found on very early E Types

Very early "barrel" shaped quarter light latches are only found on the
very early coupes
Rarely seen very early brake reservoir caps

Clutch reservoir cap is black cad plated
Early coupe visors with correct chrome frames

The second owner of 885013 may have been a member of this Bay area
Jaguar club in the early 1960's
Note early (wide) screen demister vents and radio console

Early style battery terminals and correct battery hold down bracket and wing nuts
Note Blue/Grey Girling shocks

Rear parcel shelf/divider was different in the early coupes
Early style 2 piece hardura luggage mat

Early style tailgate hatch prop
Finned aluminum radiator with unpainted core

Lucas 'tripod' headlamps were fitted to cars supplied to continental Europe
Original screws holding Marston radiator tag in place

Very early Buxton Otter switch
Correct early expansion tank with pipe at corner

NOS canvas sleeved coolant hose with the Jaguar part number still visible
Very early heater box with 3 screws along top edge of side panel

Original very early KH brake booster
NOS (in the box) RB310 voltage regulator

Original speedo rebuilt using correct 6322/02 face denoting European delivery
car with 3.31 final drive
Original 3.31 diff complete with factory tags

Very early short seat tracks
LEVEROL brand name on early seat track handles

Patent info stamped on upper surface of very early seat tracks
Date coded (1st quarter of 1961) Triplex etchings are sideways on very
early headlamp glass

Quarter light glass is also etched (1st quarter 1961)
Door windows are also etched

Starter motor casing date stamped 2/61
Factory QC crayon markings on RB310 voltage regulator

German/Swiss knock off tools. The one of the left is an unused NOS example that is
plated with clear Cad.
Reverse lamp housing is pop riveted to the boot floor

Very early tachometer serial # RV 7403/02
Early oil pressure gauge PE2300/01

Distributor date stamped 4/61
Very early, restored fuel sending unit

Early fuel gauge BF2200/01
Cheney hose clamps used throughout, even on invisible fuel filler pipe

TRICO markings replicated on brake vacuum tank
Lock wire used on driver's side of steering rack pinion housing

Cheney clamp use on passenger side rack bellow
Original headlamp scoops painted body color

BEES bolts used extensively in the assembly process
Body number written in yellow crayon on bulkhead

Spot welded radiator support bracket a feature of the very early E Types
No support cradle at rear edge of very early hinge frames

Male threaded hinge boss another feature of the very early bonnet hinge frames
Note single forward drain in early door top frames

Early oval ash tray and radio blanking plate
Original horn button has been restored and differs from later horn buttons

Early 'smooth top' air cleaner plenum
T 11 date coded carb body (Nov 1960)

Early split carb linkage rail
Cad plated carb damper caps stamped 'O' are a rarely seen early feature

Correct, very early Champion plug wire ends and cloth braided ignition wires
Early plug wire conduit attached to 2nd and 5th cylinder head studs

Original fan shroud has raw fiberglass finish, not painted silver
Bolts are black, nuts are cad plated throughout the engine bay

Early riveted spring hinges
Hand scribed ID straps on brake and clutch master cylinders are date coded 4/12/61

NOS washer bottle cap is blue (rarely seen item)
Very early generators are different size to later units

Crank case breather tube exits beneath the left side of the engine bay
on early E Types
Breather tube exiting through recessed corner of early lower engine bay panel

Early fuel bowl bracket is straight and parallel with firewall
Ignition coil is date stamped 4/61

Outside latch rubber buffer and blanking screws for inside latch mechanism
Early E Type coupes had roadster seats

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