The Jaguar Classic department has detailed the unique 1965 E-Type Roadster, which has been meticulously restored and made an appearance at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant last weekend as part of Jaguar Land Rover’s parade of 26 vehicles.

The bespoke model is a special order from a customer born in 1965 who wanted an E-Type Roadster from the same year. So Jaguar Classic sourced a produced vehicle two days after the customer’s birthday and worked on it for a full year. The exterior is characterized by the unique deep metallic blue inspired by the Union Jack, which took many months to perfect. Other than that, it remains standard with shiny chrome bumpers and classic wire wheels, although the lighting units have been upgraded with LED technology.

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True to the E-Type heritage, the interior trim is inspired by British column boxes, with hand-finished red leather upholstery, a wooden steering wheel and a metal center console. The model has been modernized with the classic infotainment system bringing touchscreen, navigation and Bluetooth connectivity without running the period looks. This unit, which debuted in the E-Type 60 Collection Editions last year, is available to all E-Type owners who want a technology upgrade for their classic car. Finally, there’s a special plaque on the dash, proving this isn’t your typical restored E-Type.

Under the hood, there’s a 4.7-liter straight-six engine that’s been enlarged from the original 4.2-liter unit for improved performance. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed gearbox which provides a “quieter and more refined driving experience” according to Jaguar Classic. The company also updated the suspension and brakes and installed wider wheels for better handling. Finally, the new sports exhaust and the new manifold deliver a richer sound.

The special E-Type was one of 15 Jaguar models featured in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, where it was driven by the owner, seated next to dancer, model and fashion designer Eric Underwood who occupied the passenger seat.

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