Jag E-Type Restorations has been in
business for over 30 years. Glenn Olsen owns and operates Jag E-Type
in Somerton and in that time has restored many cars for clients from
Australia, Europe and the USA. Along with restoring
E-Types they manufacture a huge variety of parts for their own use
and export to suppliers around the world. They also offer E-Type
servicing to complete engines, gearboxes and rear end rebuilds, etc. A
'one stop E-Type shop'.
Glenn's love of E-Types started way
back in the 1960's when his father purchased and E-Type. Glenn's
first restoration project came along when he was working as a
mechanical engineering apprentice. His employer owned an E-Type Fixed
Head Coupe (FHC) and crashed it quite heavily, destroying the front
of his car. Glenn was lucky to purchase the car as an insurance write
off and found another wreck for parts in the 70's when E-Types were
cheap! Glenn then set to work getting the car back on the road while
studying panel beating at night school. Glenn's personal preference
of E-Types is the Coupe and he has had five!
In 1986 Glenn built his first complete
new steel body for a Queensland client. As proof of their quality
work, an American client recently had his E-Type returned fully
restored after exporting his wreck to Melbourne. A 3.8 Roadster has
also been fully restored to a world class concour standard and
returned to Greece.
Glenn's son, Andrew, joined the
business in January and is on a steep learning curve about the finer
points of operation, and along with restoration and repair work,
Andrew instigated the 'one stop E-Type shop' from a basic oil change
to whatever is required to maintain an E-Type in top condition.
One of Jag E-Type Restorations
current projects is a light weight E-Type. This car is a replica of
only 12 full aluminium bodied E-Types that were produced by Jaguar in
the early 1960's for racing. The replica light weight E-Type is being
fully manufactured by hand in house.
Glenn and his team have developed an
air-conditioning system to suit the E-Type which does not take away
from the beauty of this car, along with offering a wide variety of
upgrades such as brakes, gearboxes, etc. Currently in the developmental stage is
a power steering rack for the S1 and S2 E-Types.
As Jag E-Type Restorations is a fully
family owned and operated company, we should all look forward to
Glenn Olsen's impeccable standards and knowledge of the E-Type Jaguar
being upheld for years to come.