MIKE DARBY

Loxley, Alabama

Phone 251-945-5866

Email Mike

Darby Classic Restoration

1970 E-Type Jaguar - Total Restoration

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Specializing in classic British car restoration.  
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MIKE DARBY

Loxley, Alabama

Phone 251-945-5866

Email Mike

I never actually saw the car in this condition.  The car had been in storage for approximately 20 years.  This was at the beginning of it’s resurrection.  The previous shop had begun work by removing the engine and other assorted parts before I was asked to take over. 

The car is in sad shape.  There was rust nearly everywhere.  I suggested to the owner that he find a better car to work with, but he was insistent on restoring this very car because it had been his since the 70s. 

These pictures were obviously made before I ever saw the car.  This was as the work was beginning.  Once the previous shop had got this far they realized that the whole project was going to be monumental and was more than they wanted to tackle.

It was decided to remove and rebuild the engine and while this was being done send the rest of the car to a local body shop for repair.  Once the owner saw the condition of the car and the situation, he decided that he wanted to just do a complete restoration.  At this point, I was asked to take over the entire project.  I received the car on a trailer, sans engine and various parts that had to be rounded up.  It was your proverbial “basket case”.

… and so the long and painful process begins.