Lot 95 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Registration No: 674 XVE
Chassis No: 886335
Mot Expiry: Oct 2020
- LHD example which was first UK road registered as `2364 WK' on 9th July 1962
- Treated to a comprehensive and fully documented restoration
- Engine, gearbox and rear axle thoroughly overhauled
Built to left-hand drive specification, chassis 886335 was UK road registered as `2364 WK' on 9th July 1962 before being privately exported to America. Rumoured to have been in the hands of legendary customiser George Barris the latter's client was a TV evangelist who subsequently had the car seized by the US government due to tax evasion. Owned by Louis Ray from 1979-1985, the E-Type then passed to a Mr Sharp who kept it until 2011. Returning to the UK shortly thereafter complete with a correct-type 3.8 litre engine aboard, chassis 886335 has since been treated to a comprehensive and fully documented restoration. Stripped back to bare metal and repaired as necessary, the bodyshell proved to be comparatively rust-free. Tasked with converting the car to right-hand drive, Glamorgan Classic Cars were also responsible for painting it inside and out and rejuvenating the suspension, steering and brakes (including an upgrade to 4-pot callipers). The brightwork was refreshed, the door seals replaced and heated front / rear windscreens installed.
The engine, gearbox and rear axle were thoroughly overhauled. The Moss four-speed manual gearbox gaining new seals and restored internals. The 3.8 litre engine was stripped and fitted with a modern rear crankshaft seal, refurbished cylinder head and new pistons, bearings and seals etc. Set-up for `fast road' use, the straight-six also boasts a new clutch, big bore exhaust, electronic ignition and triple Weber carburettors. Cooling has been improved with an aluminium radiator. The heater has been uprated and the body internally lined to reduce heat soak in hot weather. The wiring loom, switch gear and lighting were all repaired or renewed and an alternator disguised as a dynamo installed. A full retrim was carried out to the highest standards by AV Classics and `674 XVE' is now deemed ready to use or show.