One-off classic E-type attends Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant


Jaguar brought a one-of-a-kind 1965 Series 1 E-type Roadster to The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant last Sunday, June 5.


  • How many Jaguar vehicles were present at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant?

    According to Jaguar, there were 15 Jags in the pageant which ferried famous dames.
  • What engine powers the bespoke Jaguar classic E-Type?

    Jaguar said that the original 4.2-liter engine was swapped with a larger 4.7-liter power plant, now mated to a five-speed transmission tuned by Jaguar Classic.
  • The bespoke Jaguar E-type made its first public appearance and paraded alongside 15 other Jaguar vehicles that ferried famous dames including English actress, author, and columnist Joan Collins; English model, actress, and singer Lesley “Twiggy” Lawson; and British-South African restaurateur, chef, and caterer Prudence Margaret Leith.

    The customer and owner of the bespoke Jag, thrilled to participate, was joined by American dancer, model, and fashion designer, Eric Underwood in the passenger seat.

    “I wanted a classic E-type that could be relied upon for daily driving and be comfortable on Grand Tours while remaining authentic to the original — and I’m blown away by the results. You sense the history and knowledge when you enter the Jaguar Classic Works facility and even after several visits, I still get excited to be in the building. I’m so proud of the car the passionate team there has created, and I’m privileged to be part of its story,” said the vehicle owner.

    The bespoke Classic E-Type was commissioned by a client who had “specific requirements.” The client wanted a Roadster manufactured in the year he was born and finished to a bespoke specification. Hence, the team at Jaguar Classic set to work and tracked down a Series 1 E-type that was built just two days after the customer’s date of birth.


    The restoration process lasted for 12 months where the car underwent a complete rebuild, beginning with the bodywork. Jaguar’s customization team finished it with a unique deep metallic blue inspired by the blue of the Union Jack. The new blue, according to Jaguar, was exclusively mixed by the paint shop following numerous consultations and sample creations to craft the perfect hue over several months.


    Inside, the one-off Classic E-Type features striking leather upholstery finished in a shade of red inspired by iconic British pillar boxes and was hand finished using traditional methods at the in-house Jaguar Classic Works trim shop.

    The cabin also houses a Classic Infotainment system with touchscreen controls, satellite navigation, and Bluetooth connectivity.


    Power is delivered by a 4.7-liter engine, replacing the smaller 4.2-liter mill that originally came with the vehicle. The powerplant is mated to a specially developed five-speed gearbox, tuned by Jaguar Classic for a smoother, quieter, and more refined driving experience.


    “Being able to bring a customer’s vision for their dream E-type to life is hugely rewarding. The result is a complete one-off that showcases the full breadth of capabilities provided by the team at Jaguar Classic. With a color scheme inspired by the Union Jack, I can’t think of a better place for it to make its first appearance than the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant. I am so excited to see it parade down The Mall,” said Jaguar Classic Bespoke Lead Engineer Stephen Hollis.

    Photos from Jaguar

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