It's equipped with all the essential modern amenities, in addition to a V12.
Jaguar fans and even the grandson of Jaguar's founder were up in arms earlier this year when JLR made it clear that its copyright laws could see replica builders and restomod specialists faced with court action if they continued to operate.
It's a shame since many of these businesses give fans the chance to experience classic cars decades after they were originally produced. Case in point is E-Type UK, a company founded in 2008 that specializes in modernizing the achingly beautiful Jaguar E-Type. The car you see here falls under the company's new brand called 'Unleashed', which restores E-Types with modern performance and features. The iconic E-Type just celebrated its 60th anniversary.
The Unleashed brand's first model is an E-Type Series 3 that retains the original car's gorgeous lines but equips it with an enhanced 6.1-liter V12 engine, a bespoke chassis, and upgraded suspension and steering systems. The fuel-injected engine has been re-engineered and produces a burly 400 horsepower, all sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed manual gearbox. That's more power than you'll get in an an old E-Type, and a new F-Type V6. Beneath the skin, this E-Type also received four-piston brakes, ECU-controlled cooling fans, a high-flow aluminum radiator, and fully adjustable shocks. The company promises excellent handling thanks to torsion bars and polyurethane suspension bushings.
It's the beautiful lines that captivate more than anything else, though. The outline is similar to the original Series 3 but with a few unique touches. In front, there is a simplified chrome bumper, while a modernized, custom grille and badge complete the face. At the back, there is a single-piece chrome bumper that is handcrafted. Although the original wire alloy wheels have been retained, they are larger at 16 inches to accommodate the competition braking system. LED headlamps and extended louvres on the hood round out the retromodern look.
Inside, there is a level of comfort and convenience that you simply won't find in an original E-Type. Fortunately, the charmingly old-school dashboard hasn't been overly modernized with an unsightly infotainment screen. Instead, there are rows of dials and physical switches. The new gauges have chrome detailing, the hand-stitched leather reeks of quality, and there are modern features like push-button ignition, Bluetooth, and heated seats.
Each car takes 4,000 hours to restore and prices start at £325,000 (nearly $450,000 at current rates). This price excludes the cost of a suitable Series 3 E-Type donor car. More Unleashed models are expected in the near future.