MATCHBOX Restoration No 32b E Type Jaguar 1962

MATCHBOX Restoration No 32b E Type Jaguar 1962

Hello and welcome
to another episode of Marty’s Matchbox
Makeovers. today I shall be
making over this E type Jaguar, which is a number 32b. And was made the same year I was born,
which was in 1962. This model was donated by
a subscriber from Canada, named: Michael ella Fontaine. So thank you very much
for that Michael, and I hope you enjoy the show. These Jaguars came out with clear
or green windows. This one has clear windows. They also came out not only in red, but in a metallic bronze color. So this one’s been pretty badly knocked about,
as you can see. There’s no real dents
or damage, but there’s hardly
any paint left on this thing. The tires look
a little bit worn out too, and the hubs
are filthy dirty. So as usual, I just drill out the rivets
to remove the base. Now. it’s time to remove the interior
and the glass. The plastic windscreen is quite dull
and shows normal wear and tear. Next I shall drill some holes
in these rivet posts and then thread them
to use when I put the model back together. These are the types of screws
that I used to reassemble the model
when I finished doing it up. They are button-headed
M2 Allen screws. I put a bit of tape around my drill,
so that I don’t drill too deep. After I’ve drilled out
the holes in the rivet post, I then cut a thread using this tap. You can see it has three cutting edges, and three areas known as flutes; where all the iron filings
are collected. These flutes need to be
periodically cleaned during the tapping of a thread. A small drop of oil
aids in the process. So I just screw it down gently
and back it out periodically, and clean all the iron filings
off of the end. Here I am doing it a second time
and going a little bit deeper this time. Here I’m using a toothpick, you can see I’m cleaning out the flutes. Now that the hole has had
a thread cut in it, I do a test-fit of one of
the M2 screws, to see if I’ve gone
deep enough. Well, don’t they look good! Now it’s on to stripping and painting
of the body and chassis. After I’ve stripped it,
I’m going to paint it with this Tamiya Ts-85
Mica Red. This restoration is for people
that do not own a airbrush. I’m just going to be using tins of aerosol paint
for this makeover, to show how it can be done
without the use of an airbrush. I’m applying the paint stripper
using a spare brush, which I use solely for this job. After the paint has been loosened
and starts to blister, I then use this toothbrush
to remove the paint from the model. I do it in a bath of water, as the water neutralizes
the paint stripper. That’s the body done,
now for the base. Well that came off quite easily,
didn’t it? As you can see,
the wheels on this model,
they are very finely detailed. The hub’s have got
spokes on them. Now you can see these spoked wheels get very dirty. So I’m going to use a brush and some soapy water, To clean all the muck out that is collected between the spokes. Now I’m not removing these wheels today, because as I said: this is a makeover for someone who does not have
specialized equipment. So instead of removing the wheels,
I am simply masking them off. So when I spray
the base black, the wheels won’t get
any paint on them. I’m using 3M, that’s MMM masking tape,
for this job. After I’ve wrapped the wheels, I tuck all the ends in at the back,
using a toothpick. This is now ready to paint black. Usually on these models there is always a protrusion
of some description, by which you can hold
the part that you’re going to paint with some tongs. That’s why you don’t
get mucky fingers. For the undercoat
I’m using an aerosol can of Tamiya
light gray primer. Now I’d like to introduce
this new machine that I’ve made: Other restorers
manually polish their vehicles before applying the paint. Well, that was too much like
hard work for me. So I’ve invented
this machine that does the polishing process
for me. I use cotton balls and a special secret solution: that I call Diamond Class
polishing solution. I only add about half a jar
of the polishing solution, to polish this vehicle. It needs to be just enough, so that the vehicle remains submerged
during the polishing process. Next: using tongs, I place the unpolished model
into the solution and ensure that it is
fully submerged. I will now mount
the cleaning chamber to the body
of the machine. On this machine, there are two polishing cycles
to choose from: One is called shine,
and one is mega. Which means mega shine. Well, I’m just going to start off on shine and let’s see how it goes. MACHINE WHIRRING Well, I can already see some improvement. I think I’ll switch it up to mega. MACHINE WHIRS FASTER Oh wow, you can really see the metal starting to shine brightly from within the polishing chamber. Okay, well I think that’s enough. I don’t want to overdo it. DRYLY:
So here you can see;
I am wearing a welding helmet. The metal is extremely highly reflective
after the treatment. And the reflected light
can damage your eyes, if you look directly at it. I’m going to fish the model
out of the jug now, so you can see the full effect. Wow! That is so much better
than I had anticipated. Look at it gleam! I’m happy with that. SILENCE Here you can see the body has been covered
with a light gray undercoat. The metal was so bright and shiny, that I was unable to film this part of the makeover. So now it’s time
for the top coat color. I’m using Tamiya spray paint, TS 85 Bright Mica Red. And it should look very similar
to the original model. This paint covers super quick. And I’m only going to give it
maybe two coats. It comes out of the can
with quite a heavy spray. But it is a beautiful color, and it dries with a really high gloss finish. I use these magnetic
paint brush clamps, to support my models
whilst they are drying. Here I’ve placed
a glass salad bowl over the model,
to keep the dust off. Now I’m going to paint the base with this Black Satin paint, straight from the hardware shop. Just a couple of light coats, and the job is done. I place that under the salad bowl also. Once again;
to keep the dust off. Whilst that paint’s drying, I’m going to clean the tires. They are a little bit
rough around the edges, this model has had
a lot of play. So I actually use some very very fine wet and dry paper, and just rubbed around
the edges of the tires, just to take off
a few little burs of rubber that were there. And whilst I’m about it,
I’m cleaning the windscreen. The windscreen came really clean. Unfortunately, it does show some
minor signs of damage and wear and tear. So I’m using this metal polish, and a cotton bud, to try and polish some
of the minor scratches out of it. It doesn’t take too long, and when you’re finished, it’s actually quite rewarding
to see how much better it looks. It may take two
or three attempts, to get it to the standard
that you’re happy with. So, that’s all the minor abrasions
polished out. So, I’m quite happy
how that transparency came good with the polish, but for the finishing touch, now: I’m going to submerge
the transparency in a bath of
self-shining floor polish. So I just gently dunk it under, and make sure that I don’t get
any air bubbles on it. I shake off the excess and place it on
a piece of kitchen towel. And then once again: use a small glass bowl
as a dust shield. And leave it to dry. When it’s dry,
this is what you’re left with. It looks almost brand new. Now that the Mica Red
has dried, I’m going to put on
a Pearl Clear. Which is a
Tamiya Paint Ts-65. What’s special about this Pearl Clear,
is that in the paint: there are some very very minute
flecks of silver, almost like Stardust. And when you spray it
on top of the red, it gives a beautiful metallic look
to the paint. Now the base is dried,
I’ll unmask the wheels. They still look
a little bit plain. So I’m going to brighten them up with this chrome marker pen. I’m actually diluting it, with some mineral turps. And this way,
it will run more freely, in between the gaps
in the spokes. If you don’t dilute it,
you do run the risk of clogging up the gaps
in the spokes, with heavy blobs of silver ink. Here’s a close-up to show you how good they look,
when I finish painting them. Now it’s time
to reassemble them all. I freshen these tires up
with the black wash, made with
Tamiya X-1 Black Paint, and it was thinned with Tamiya thinners. This wash is just painted onto the tires with a soft brush. And after its dried, the tires look rejuvenated. I noticed that the tire on the front left had a small nick in the sidewall. So I took it off and flipped it over so that the good side would be showing out. I am wearing rubber gloves here, because I don’t want to run the risk of leaving a fingerprint or a thumbprint on the model as I’m assembling it. My little finger is exposed, so that I can still use
my mobile phone when I am recording
the footage. After installing the windscreen
and the interior, I place the base on. And i fix it into place,
using two color matched screws. So this is what we started with: As you may remember,
it had a lot of play wear on it, hardly any paint,
and scuffed up tires. The wheel hubs
looked a little bit grotty, as did the windscreen. So this is what it looks like now! With a fresh coat of red stardust metallic paint, spruced up wheels and tires, polished windscreen, and a detailed interior. I’m sure you will agree; that this car has been transformed into a thing of beauty. This car has now been snapped up
at the auction, by Lord Charles Featherspoon
the Thrird, to a bargain price
of only 100,000 dollars. For its first run, he has driven it over
to lady Charrington’s mother (unclear). to take her out to the local inn, for a ploughman’s lunch. And a half-pint of bishops finger. What a wonderful way to spend
a Sunday afternoon. CAR ROARS
INTO THE DISTANCE SILENCE Thank you so much for watching Marty’s Matchbox Makeovers. I hope you enjoyed the show. Till next time, goodbye! SILENCE So um… ..I’m gonna lift it up, we’ll… ..flippin’ hell,
that worked quite well. SWOOSH OF VISOR SILENCE


  • MarkTheMorose says:

    Lord Featherspoon was only able to afford this car thanks to an unexpected donation of money from his friend, Mr Don Key.

  • Mike B says:

    I had that Matchbox car! Along with so many others. Can't believe I let them go along the years in the 60's

  • Luis Grasso says:

    Excelente felicitaciones!

  • Alejandro Villanova says:

    Wonderful! There is a product called Polywatch, it is used for polishing acrilic watch glasses. It might be helpful for windscreens. Hope this is useful. Kind regards.

  • Clare Bearr says:

    Hooray for the YouTube algorithm. Restorations? Check. Commentary? Check. Unobtrusive music? Check. Subscribed? You bet!

  • Tarek Taher says:

    You cut your finger and scrubbing dirt into your cut. Don't want to see you get infected 🙁

  • Kings 33 says:

    a donkey can spent 2 days restoring a garbage that worth .99c on Walmart and another monkey not only watch it, he take the time writing the feedback as well.

  • Pincho Paxton says:

    I'm sorry, but you always get the colours wrong, and you always put the paint on too thick. This car was a slightly darker red, mine was metallic red like this…

  • Frank Palmer says:

    Wow looks great !

  • Chris Mayer says:

    All it needs now is a 95,000 pound/dollar sticker price decal in the window!

  • Lindsey Allison Westhaven says:

    I never laughed so hard as when Marty put this body shell into the Marty's Miracle Machine. This restoration turned out GREAT Marty – good job!

  • DrTofu83 says:

    That's also Diabolik's car, one of the most famous pulp icons in Italy 🙂

  • Andrew Harper says:

    Shame about the headlights.

  • petuniagto says:

    Very relaxing and enjoyable time watching you work and play with your restorations. Thanks so much

  • Steve Gilbert says:

    I have a polishing machine just like yours

  • LH says:

    The part when you wore a welding mask. Was that real?

  • Charles Kline says:

    Very cool 😎 well done

  • Anthony Vincent says:

    Nice work. Great video. I need to get a Magic Polisher like that.

  • Jerry Johanan says:

    I had one of those jaguars and to this day that jaguar car the real ones are my favorite all because of that little matchbox

  • 01102 01102 says:

    The ultimate Nigel Ashford tutorial based on MacGyver "How to insert a screw" lol

  • gayle525 says:

    I hoe that you picked off the rest of the blackpaint on that bottom before you repainted. Otherwise you are taking shortcuts that you wouldn’t do on your cars.

  • gayle525 says:

    Is the grill and bumpers usually chrome or the same as the rest of the car?

  • B14KSY says:

    How did you find a page from The Sport without a pair of tits on it?!

  • Michael Taylor says:

    Very relaxing video

  • luke says:

    Wow Donkey Robs Bank!!

  • jeffhreid says:

    Entertaining video as always. The car looks great

  • Cornelius Dr Vanderbilt says:

    Fantastic Restoration …Pity you cannot restore me, soon to be an octogenarian ..I had one with 4 carburetors, PIA to tune … but we, (my cronies) did it and quite a few times. It was a V12, 329 cu inches / 5.4 l …BRG, very difficult to handle, especially, around the corner, did not like bad weather …probably the most sexy looking car …became too expensive to maintain, got married, had to go …wish I had not …

  • rhuttrho88 says:

    Ummm Lord Charles is going to constantly be pulled over for driving at night with no headlights. They are painted red. Like brake lights.

  • Izen Guarr says:

    Looks great. Would be much sweeter though with a lot of chrome detailing on bumpers and trim. Tail lights and headlights were missed…

  • Kim Hansen says:

    Beautiful. Man – I would have gone crazy on the details, but as you say: For peoplr with no special equipment. Besides – This is probably what it looked like when new.

  • Flipflops Guy says:

    This car and the Lotus Grand Prix car were my actual favorite cars early in my childhood toys. Way before hotweels I was fascinated by Matchbox cars and especially the construction equipment then fast cars. I don't have many actual cars and stuff but I do still have that lotus but somehow I managed to lose a few of the tires if not all of them, and now that I think about it I have to search for it all over again after finding it after all these years recently. That's what happens when you're 59 years old as I was born in 1960. Good show..?

  • Robert Proctor says:

    Awesome thx

  • Mad9977-RC and HOBBY says:

    wow beautiful result and your polishing machine is hilarious lol 😎👍

  • Max Payne says:

    That is a cool car

  • Michael Richard says:

    Should be a toy restorer full time. got the knack

  • pantloadd says:

    This has nothing to do with refurbishing model cars. Cheers from USA.

  • Tornado Jones says:

    Always got a kick out of those exquisitely cast wire wheels, I lost count of the number of (mostly ruined) E-types I scavenged the wheels off for hot-rod builds! (It was acceptable in the 80s!) The guards red is by far the best colour too in my humble opinion… 🙂

  • Gisley Alves says:

    The sound…in this kind of video, it is better when there is nobody talking. Greentings from Brazil

  • Red Angry Bird says:

    These type of videos show that grown up men are kids inside and that is good.🚙🚗🚐🚛🚚

  • Robert Pierson says:

    You should have painted it green. The green looks much better on those Jaguars.

  • Robert Pierson says:

    You should use Mother's chrome polish for those rims. It would really bring out the detail and make them look real.

  • Robert Pierson says:

    9:25 Jokes aside, you should have shown the finished result of the polish. I'm giving this video a thumbs down. I bet your polisher/mixer failed to polish the car and t oh covered it up.

  • salr362 says:

    This channel I’ve got to subscribe to. Best regards from N. Ireland . A 1962 vintage as well.👨🏻‍🦳

  • Barry Gunnell says:

    Why did you paint ever the headlights

  • Greer Hunter says:

    Wonderful warm accent. Nice job on the Jag. Great surprise ending. Very entertaining. Hope your eyesight is okay, LOL LOL

  • MrNickyDalenz says:

    This is quite obviously a labor of love by a man with fine attention to detail. A truly wholesome & entertaining segment from start to finish. Thank you for the show!

  • Игорь Соколов says:

    Создалось впечатление что модель из пластмассы…🙁

  • D. Barnes says:

    Cut out the fuckery Mate… 🤣

  • Nico Garica says:

    Awesome video! I love your restorations! Great job! From California 👍👍🚐🚒🚑🚌🚙🚛🚗🚚

  • Dean Deck says:


  • Ahmad Ali says:

    Where are the headlights and tail lights???

  • Frederic Lynes says:

    I don't get the 1K who gave you thumbs down. Jealousy perhaps? Your videos, btw, are what I watch to pass the time, whilst I'm recovering from shoulder surgery, and it truly takes my mind off the pain, so thank you for that.

  • veritasreigns says:

    Gloves and eye protection while paintstripping! My Dad would have words with you, lol.

  • Rashid Shamim says:

    You need to be a Part of History Channel mate … !

  • xllxRUDE_DOGGxllx says:


  • Pedro Komorino says:

    I like the way you remove paint, can I know what is this withe powder

  • David Penrod says:

    "This is a no special tools makeover….I've invented this autopolisher"

  • David Loehmann says:

    Brilliant job, Mate! Enjoyed your video. Let us know how the donkey made out. Did he have to serve any time? Also, what's the name of the place where the topless hostesses work? Inquiring minds want to know. But really, seriously had a great time watching you restore a British classic!

  • Mikael Näslund says:

    🤣 Your sense of humor and your rather extraordinary skill in restoration is quite amusing and amazing i must say!!!! Thank you sir for your efforts, and i am sorry for my spelling, i am from Sweden. Well done sir indeed! 😊

  • robsteries says:

    haaah, super blazing!

  • honeybre Me says:

    Always enjoy your makeovers the cars look fantastic and your hijinks make me giggle 😁

  • JaRCo de Rover says:

    Nice job!!

  • Nils Nyman says:

    Love the little people. Didn't know they were made so small

  • John Buchheister says:

    Thank you.

  • Double Zero says:

    I’m curious- before the wheels were painted, only the outside of the base was painted black. After the wheels were painted, both sides of the base were magically painted black.

  • James Graham says:


  • Danny Reagan says:

    This could have easily been has as long as it was.

  • N Knighton says:

    What is Bishop's finger? Is that what the altar boys get?

  • jiji Xx says:

    unique! and uniquely creative! (⌒▽⌒)

  • ramon ortiz says:


  • Sue Cox says:

    So much fun to see it coming back to life.

  • AvengerII says:

    I was going to say the teaser image (what YouTube shows before you play the video) reminded me of a busted-up car after Bond got through playing with it but then I reminded himself his definitive car was an Aston Martin DB5!
    That's one of your next restoration projects, isn't it? And don't tell me you wouldn't pay one up to look like Bond's!

  • Rawkwilder says:

    "pretty badly knocked about"… I would say: well played.

  • fenderstratguy says:

    The best Matchbox car, ever! I had one. Where is it now.

  • UberLummox says:

    A fun one to do as it's easy to replicate the original finish with a base coat of gold and a translucent coat of any apple red exactly like Lesney did it. Rims can be shined up with acid to keep the look of the 2 different metals of the axles and the wheels intact. Looks good!!!

  • TheFastfreddie54 says:


  • Trottotrot says:

    Very therapuetic. Thanks Marty. I think ive found a hobby

  • 4shacks1house says:

    You are single handedly rebooting an industry of vintage matchbox sales on Ebay for others to try their hand at this. Great car and resto. Who did not have one of these as a kid?

  • PAUL HUGHES says:

    I am interested to know why you didn't paint the headlights?

  • michel espinasse says:

    Very nice work ,Marty. Luckily this model hasn't tractor wheels like the previous model i have seen (the MG) ! I am a little frustrated : I would have seen the body after polishing with Diamond Class Polisher ,before undercoat (i know ,the body was too much dazzling for the camera …)

  • Ernest Paul says:

    I have applied for a seeing eye dog after losing my sight during this video. As you gave no prior warning as to the amount of luster and blinding radiance of your invention, you will be hearing from my lawyer. Another excellent video and inspirational nod to those of us without the extra equipment to restore these great little pieces of our childhoods.

  • JoyTheGeek says:

    says it jag-u-ar and not jagwaur
    Ah, a man of class I see.

  • simple31 J says:

    One of your best!

  • colin Paterson says:

    When you took the transparency out there was a bloom onthe roof section and inside the casting, was that some fungus or mould?

  • Stephen Whitemore says:

    I know everyone has a hobby, but this is the most anal thing i have ever started to watch . Just as a mater of intrest
    do you still live with your parents? Have you ever had a girlfriend? , if not get one soonest ,thats an order!!!! Dwayne Dibley.

  • J0hNF_UK says:

    Half a pint of Bishops Finger? Good choice.

    As mad as a gum tree full of galahs.

  • MrBlack says:

    Headline: Donkey Robs Bank. Ok, I'm not buying that, but hey… who knows, if Donald Trump can be elected President then these days anything is possible, even a donkey robbing a bank.

  • kamperdijk says:

    Hi Marty. After seing some of your videos i have gone in the attic and found some of my old cars for my son but ofcourse some of Them need som tlc. I have a no.41 Jaguar type D where 1 tyre is missing and 3 cracked. Can i buy replacements somewhere?. And thanks for a great show. From Lars in Denmark

  • Mark Richards says:

    I'm going through some health issues right now and I really appreciate the effort you put into the comedy aspects of your already wonderful restoration vids. It's great to be able to laugh for a change. Thanks!

  • Matt Pedwell says:

    Marty you’re the man 👍👍👍👍

  • Craig Krogen says:

    Perfection👍👍 could use some headlight, taillight, and grill touches.. 🇨🇦

  • othaVada says:

    1,000 people have no style.

  • belochegman says:


  • Aztec01 says:

    Hilarious! Loved it!

  • Ricky McGowan says:

    Thankfully you painted the car, the glow from Werribee was seen all the way to Hobart

  • MrRex2U says:

    Wonderful transformation Marty…!!

  • Bert Hertz says:

    you're the Bob Ross of Matchbox Rehab.

  • Jacks vintage car collection says:

    Well done Marty you nailed it

  • Tig Dogsbody says:

    Did you ever see the movie,”Repo Man”? I alwas woundered what was in the briefcase, untill now. Thank you sir.

  • AvengerII says:

    Ah, beautiful car body and I even like the paint job! It's the best color in the world.

    What is it about the 1960s? So many classic car designs from virtually everywhere around the world!
    Everybody like the Bond Aston Martin DB5, the 1966 Batmobile, and the Mustangs of that time.
    I prefer the Mach 5… 🙂

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