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.”
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.
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.
Thanks, but I will keep my Morgan +8.
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
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.
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.
Amen to that
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…
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!