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E-Type being ‘unleashed’ by British specialist

V12, 5-speed and modern updates featured in vintage sports car makeovers

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Now here’s something different, and old school as well: E-Type UK, which specializes in restoration of the Jaguar classic, is offering reimagined versions but isn’t replacing the petrol engine with an electric powerplant.

Instead, the “Unleashed” series of E-Types is being built  “to create the ultimate incarnation of Jaguar’s V12-powered icon,” the company says.

“Developing the British icon further, with a strengthened and tweaked platform, the Unleashed offering embodies a completely restored, re-engineered and reimagined example with a plethora of enhancements to the car’s drivetrain, body and interior,” E-Type UK says in its news release. Unleashed simultaneously remains true to its iconic essence whilst offering the driver thoroughly enriched and reliable on-road performance.”

E-Type, E-Type being ‘unleashed’ by British specialist, ClassicCars.com Journal

The 12-cylinder engines have been bored out from 5.3 to 6.1 liters, get ceramic-coated stainless-steel exhaust and are rated at 400 horsepower. A lightweight flywheel links the engine to a new 5-speed manual transmission.

Other components, including brakes and suspension, are similarly upgraded. 

Exteriors feature a custom-done wrap-around front bumper with a single-piece chrome bumper at the rear. Wheels are wire but now 16 inches in diameter. Headlamps are LED units.

E-Type, E-Type being ‘unleashed’ by British specialist, ClassicCars.com Journal

The interior features custom-made leather seats, piano-black dashboard with aluminum center console, LED lighting, central locking, push-button starter, electric windows, Bluetooth connectivity, air conditioning and heated windshield.

E-Type UK, founded in 2008 by father-and-son Dominic and Marcus Holland, says more than 4,000 hours of work go into each car with prices starting at £325,000 (nearly $450,000), plus the cost of a suitable Series 3 E-Type donor car.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Well….its obvious they will only be selling these radical Jags to the filthy rich…..I just purchased a nice house for $450,000
    Ive owned three Jags…..all cushy sedans…and I loved every minute….except for the tune ups…..they were a bit spendy
    make no mistake…..life is better in a Jaguar

  2. It would have been nice to see the rear hatch window reappear in the E-type resurrection, but that would have probably added another hundred thousand to an already ridiculously high price tag. Rather pay what appears to be a bargain price for the mid-engine Vette, even if they are going $50k over list.

  3. I’m just glad to see they aren’t f—-ing up a Series 1. The V12 Series 3 was a bag of bolts so “improve” away.

  4. I loved all of my Jaguars since 1986…..all vaden plas
    My 2019 XJ just not the same…..
    Don’t think I can afford the new E…

  5. Amen to William’s comment. I purchased my series 1 E-Type coupe June 29, 1964 and it’s been a family member ever since. Restoration – absolutely; re-imagine – find someone with more money than brains!

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