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Jaguar Classic reintroduces original E-Type toolkit after 50-year hiatus

Jaguar is reintroducing the E-Type toolkit, after a 50-year hiatus.

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A classic is being reborn. Jaguar Classic is reintroducing the original Jaguar E-Type toolkit, selling it for the first time in 50 years. The owner's toolkit was originally ordered with Series 1 and Series 2 E-type sports cars but hasn't been available since the Series 2 went out of production in 1971.

Complete toolkits are hard to find. Current Ebay listings have incomplete original toolkits fetching around $1,600 though Jaguar says that complete authentic toolkits can go for as much as $6,455.

Jaguar E-Type Toolkit The tools are exact replicas of the historic tools sold in the 60s and 70s.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

"The original E-type toolkit has become a collector's item thanks to its rarity and historic appeal," said Dan Pink, Director of Jaguar Classic. "We've had customers across the world contact us about obtaining one, which is why we decided to manufacture the toolkits again to their original specification. It's the perfect finishing touch for E-type aficionados."

Jaguar E-Type Toolkit The toolkit is encapsulated in a leather exterior.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

Jaguar Classic's Genuine Parks engineers have reproduced the original toolkit to authentic specifications for sale. It includes a period-correct leatherette-covered canvas roll.

Inside the roll are all the items needed to carry out maintenance on a vintage sports car:

  • Adjustable spanner
  • Tire valve key
  • Pliers
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Points screwdriver
  • Feeler gauge
  • Three-piece screwdriver
  • Spanner 3/4 x 7/8 AF
  • Spanner 9/16 x 5/8 AF
  • Spanner 1/2 x 7/16 AF
  • Spanner 11/32 x 3/8 AF
  • Box spanner 7/16 x 1/2
  • Box spanner 9/16 x 5/8
  • Box spanner 3/4 x 7/8
  • Sparking plug spanner
  • Tommy bars (one short, one long)
  • Valve timing gauge
  • Grease gun
  • Handbrake adjusting wrench
  • Brake bleed tin and tube

Jaguar E-Type Toolkit The toolkit includes a long list of tools.Photo courtesy of Jaguar Classic

The new roll is priced from £732 (approximately $945). It can be purchased directly from the recently-launched Jaguar Land Rover Classic online parts shop.

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Three new accessory partners mean Bronco owners will have plenty of customization options.

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Ford is extending the Bronco brand further with new partnerships with three off-road aftermarket accessory companies: RTR Vehicles, ARB 4x4 Accessories, and 4 Wheel Parts. Offerings from the companies will allow for Moper-level personalization of Bronco products for owners.

RTR Vehicles was founded by longtime Ford collaborator Vaughn Gittin Jr. ARB 4x4 Accessories has been Australia's largest manufacturer and distributor of 4x4 parts and accessories since 1975. 4 Wheel Parts is an off-road parts retailer with 95 locations across the U.S.

Ford Bronco Sport Accessories: 4 Wheel Parts

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Ford initially planned to launch Bronco Sport with more than 100 accessories and Bronco with more than 200. The range of accessories being developed with each of the three companies will expand beyond the current catalogue and be available for Bronco and Bronco Sport models.

Ford lists suspension and lift kits, custom wheels and body components, performance driveline parts, plus an extensive list of camping and off-road accessories such as tents, racks, storage solutions, and lighting among the new products in the pipeline.

Ford Bronco Accessories: 4 Wheel Parts Accessories

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"Off-road enthusiasts crave accessories to create their ultimate off-road machines, so we're accelerating the development of Bronco-specific offerings by working directly with three of the leading suppliers in the 4x4 arena to further build out our list of off-road parts and accessories available this summer," said Jeff Seaman, Ford icons regional product line manager.

Ford Bronco Accessories: RTR Vehicles

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Ford anticipates that additional accessory partners will come on-board as the Bronco begins to be delivered to customers. The vehicle's modular design (it's been crafted to be easily modified) allows buyers to change out doors, roofs, fenders, grilles and more in their quest for a new level of personalization.

The automaker already has a deal with Yakima to sell its accessories for the Bronco Sport in dealerships.

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Existing Dodge Charger and Challenger models are getting a no-cost update designed to thwart thieves.

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The Dodge Charger and Challenger are hot models. Not just hot as in good-looking. Hot as in stolen. In 2019, the Dodge Charger HEMI and the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat were atop the Highway Loss Data Institute's list of vehicles most likely to be stolen. The claim rates for each model's whole-vehicle theft were more than five times the average for 2016 to 2018 models. Since then, both models have continued to see robust sales.

Dodge has announced an automotive software upgrade that is designed to made the cars less desirable to theives. Using the Dodge owner's four-digit security code, a new enhanced deterrence feature limits the vehicle's engine speed to idle (675 rpm). At idle, the engines produce approximately 2.8 horsepower and 22 lb.-ft. of torque.

2020 Dodge Charger The Dodge Charger is one of the most stolen vehicles in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Stellantis

The no-charge update is limited to Dodge Charger and Challenger models equipped with 392-cu.-in. HEMI V8 or supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engines.

"Dodge is launching a new owner-customized 'double verification' security system," said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand Chief Executive Officer – Stellantis. "When flashed into the computer of affected 2015 or newer Dodge muscle cars, the protective software will limit the engine output to less than three horsepower, foiling fast getaways and joyrides."

The software upgrade can be installed free of charge by any Dodge dealer on 2015 through 2021 model-year Dodge muscle cars. The complimentary enhancement applies second-level vehicle security encryption via Dodge's Uconnect 4C infotainment system.

"More than 150 cars are stolen every day in the United States," added Kuniskis. "For any car owner, it's terrible, it's a hassle and it's a personal violation. Though statistically rare, car thieves have targeted the high-horsepower Dodge muscle cars, and we want the Dodge 'Brotherhood' to know we're taking quick action and covering their backs."

Dodge has committed to pursuing other enhancements to vehicle-theft deterrence in order to protect owners' investments.

Dodge expects the new security feature to be available late in the second quarter of 2021.

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