Heresy, or preserving the sports car?
Jaguar will sell you a brand-new E-Type toolkit
The original E-Type toolkit went out of production with the final Series 2 in 1971. Today, Jaguar says these now-rare sets exchange hands for as much as $6500. With that in mind, Jaguar’s new reproduction toolkits that will be sold for just $941 seems like a real bargain.
First off, it’s a fair bet that sooner or later your classic Jaguar will break down on the road. Second, even if it doesn’t, you still need a shiny toolkit to feel complete once your E-Type has been otherwise sorted. Now, thanks to engineering records held at Jaguar Classic in the UK, you can have the right tools, all wrapped in a period-correct leatherette-covered canvas roll.
The E-Type kit includes an adjustable spanner, tire valve key and pressure gauge, pliers, a points and a three-piece screwdriver, a feeler gauge, spanners in sizes ¾ x 7/8 AF, 9/16 x 5/8 AF, ½ x 7/16 AF and 11/32 x 3/8 AF, box spanners in 7/16 x ½, 9/16 x ⅝ and ¾ x ⅞, a spark plug spanner, tommy bars (one short, one long), a valve timing gauge, a grease gun, a handbrake adjusting wrench and the brake bleed tin and tube. Just about everything you may need to fix an E-Type, apart from a pint of Old Speckled Hen.
Jaguar says that if you’re looking for the toolkit on its dedicated Classic Parts website, you should also check out the rest of the company’s 50,000 genuine parts, including the Jaguar Classic Infotainment System that can be integrated into the dash of any vintage Jaguar or Land Rover product.
Jaguar Land Rover certainly takes this historic part of the business seriously. Back in 2014, the company bought a collection of 543 classics from a British dentist, partly to have donor cars for future restorations, but also to be able to check out how those cars were built in period, and scan their parts. Now, Jaguar Classic is the largest such facility in the world, reproducing more and more rare components each year.
It’s a damn fine way to keep the vintage flame alive.