• E.C.D. Automotive Style is now restomodding the common Jaguar E-Style.
• The firm will offer you gasoline or electrical powertrains.
• Buyers will have a alternative of common or fashionable hues and trim.
E.C.D. Automotive Design—the business recognized as East Coast Defenders till 2017—is delving into a new chapter of leaky and charismatic British automotive heritage. The Florida-based mostly outfit ideal known for its scrupulously extensive Land Rover restorations now presents its services for the 1961–1974 Jaguar E-Kind, which is sort of a minimal-slung equal to a basic Defender—rare and compelling sufficient to be well worth the trouble, but widespread sufficient to discover abundant donor automobiles prepared for the E.C.D. treatment method.
Like its Defenders, E.C.D.’s Jaguars will be presented with a few powertrain alternatives: GM V-8 (a 450-hp LT1), Tesla electric (also 450 hp), or an initial Jag inline-six or V-12. That latter choice is out there with a five-speed manual transmission, and E.C.D. guarantees that the Jaguar motor comes “with leaks and all,” for an reliable encounter. The to start with auto in the functions is electrical, however. E.C.D. figures that there’s space beneath that sinuous bodywork to stash sufficient Tesla battery cells for 200 miles of metropolis variety, or 140 miles on the freeway. Primarily based on our expertise with a single of their electric Defenders, we guess the Tesla-powered E-Style will be plenty speedy.
Aside from the powertrain and chassis, you will find a deep menu of possibilities for trim and paint and leather, like each classic E-Style hues and the whole roster of present Jaguar hues. Want a 1962 Sequence 1 in 2023 Pertroixx Blue with brogue Nappa leather and wire wheels? Just break out your checkbook. Rates start at $299,995 and they will not likely offer you specific pieces or an electric conversion kit, so halt asking.
Donor autos will be sourced from E.C.D.’s United Kingdom outpost or below in the U.S., relying on the customer’s targets for the completed merchandise. The E.C.D. Automotive Layout web site has a configurator the place you can build your desire Land Rover (they’re going to also freshen up a Collection II or Vary Rover Traditional), but the E-Sort configurator isn’t really however are living. Deliveries start out following calendar year. And whilst the notion of a cleanse and trusted E-Sort is undoubtedly appealing, we’re drawn to the old-school options. We’ll just take a V-12 and a 5-velocity, leaks and all.
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