Restored Jaguar E-type on display

A rare Jaguar E-type racing model, which was badly damaged in a fatal crash in 1964, has gone on display at Classic Motor Cars' site at Bridgnorth in Shropshire following 7,000 hours of work to restore the car.

The lightweight E-type - the last competition car to be built at Jaguar's Browns Lane factory in Coventry - crashed at the Montlhery circuit outside Paris, killing driver Peter Lindner and another person.

The car was so badly mangled in the crash that no one thought it could be restored.

A Frenchman found the car in a garage a decade after the crash.

Peter Neumark, chairman of theClassic Motor Cars company, started the restoration of the car four years ago, and it has now been put back to its former glory using over 90% of the original parts.

Mr Neumark said: "This is one of the rarest Jaguars as only 12 of this particular style were made. It's certainly been the most difficult restoration we've ever done."

He said the restored E-type, which is now estimated to be worth nearly £5 million, will not be used for racing but will attend rallies and shows.

The car will be displayed at the Villa d'Este motor show in Italy later in May and will also be shown at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in Sussex in July and the Pebble Beach motor show in California.

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