This Guy Built Himself A Jaguar E-Type Hearse


No dead bodies are transported inside.

There are all types of car people, especially those who have a particular favorite TV/movie car. For this writer, it’s the DeLorean Time Machine from “Back to the Future.” For Arizona resident Ken Roberts, his car is the Jaguar E-Type Roadster from the 1971 movie “Harold and Maude.” He figured it’d be cool to build a replica, but unlike Doc Brown’s DeLorean, there wasn’t much in the way of blueprints to utilize. Main problem was the original E-Type hearse was destroyed during filming.

This wasn’t an accident (watch the movie if you haven’t already). So Roberts had to literally start from scratch. Before long, he and an old high school buddy managed to locate an XKE Roadster and got to work.

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It wasn’t only fabrication involved but also watching the movie several more times for reference as well as tracking down original parts suppliers. It wasn’t easy, taking four years to complete from start to finish. The final result, banjo and all, is, well, quite interesting. It’s very faithful to the original film car, bits of gore and all. Check out this latest episode of Petrolicious to learn more about this unusual labor of love.

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