Comments invited (customised Jaguars)

This was posted on a Facebook page.

Thoughts, assuming it is real and not photoshopped.

I’ll start. E-Types lift at speed. The front end gets lighter. Somewhere over its maximum speed, a standard E-Type will become too light to steer. This happened with the D-Type and is the reason it sported a fin - it added stability to the light steering for the very high speeds it could achieve along Mulsanne (173mph according to official records, a bit more according to the recollections of Norman Dewis). This car does the opposite with a rear wing which should add downforce at the back, making the front even lighter at speed. Unless there is a hidden splitter under the front I see this car being undrivable at even moderately high speeds. As such I hope it is a design exercise, and not an actual build.

WRT aerodynamics, the rear wing adds weight on the rear, which is not silly at first sight as the tear drop profile of the E-Type tends to lift the rear at speed (in addition to the front lift, meaning all the car tends to come up).
On the front there are these two side fins that aim at compensating the front lift, even if no splitter, so maybe front lift is reduced somehow…
But overall, IMHO, it’s ugly, all the magics of the E design is gone.

My guess is photoshop special, unless someone put a helluva work into a garbage result. Can’t even be sure what it started life as… every contour is just… wrong. The rear looks truncated, and I’ve no idea how the exhaust is routed through the sills. They must have run out of Bondo after fitting the windscreen to a vestigial A-pillar, and aren’t showing the ratty Chevy engine, Slll bonnet with that horrible scoop, presumably matched on the other side, but hey, looks like an OBL!

The door handles appear to be recessed which would confirm the photo shop theory or the other theory of a helluva a lot of work for garbage result :blush:.
Either way I think it all started with a 2+2….

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Pretty sure it’s Photochopped.

Pretty sure Nick proved me wrong…:wink:

I stand by this.

Lose the;

  • side grilles on the bonnet
  • scoops next to the power bulge
  • use stand headlights

…and it wouldn’t be bad. Not an XKE, but not terrible.

It’s not a Photoshop job, it exists and is based on a 2+2:


Correct - the metal work in that car is pretty spectacular and extremely well done.

I personally like the wide adds, but would have done zero “aero” adds and done a 275 GTB style headlight design. Taillights are gross / needs stock S1 bits grafted or even F-Type would be neat to modernize.

Concept and shape is killer, the aero cheapens and completely takes away the significance of the awesome quality work he put into the basic reshape.

Opinions though, as they say!

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I see this a lot in the customising communities. The quality of work and the ingenuity shown can be terrific, but many tend to go a bit (or a lot) overboard. There are a few Mk2 coupes being built, which can look pretty good. And then you have projects that just raise questions (and eyebrows).

Like this one (can anyone tell what it’s based on?):

Or this one?

I think this one has already been talked about?

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Fortunately, something never gets over “its maximum speed”.


There is a company in New Zealand, Beacham, who modifies old Jaguars, I would say tastefully using modern Jag bits.

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Perhaps one that I like…


This one is on Facebook too. I have a MKX basking in the sun that I’m seriously (very seriously) considering making into a lead sled.


It’s probably quite difficult to play with the body shape and make large changes which are readily going to meet with approval. Customisation of the interior or of the engine might be an easier “win”.

My car has minimal change to the exterior, has the same look and feel in the interior, but is very much modern functionally.

The main problem with customistaion is the sales job you’ll have to do in explaining yourself.

It’s often the case that the starting point is not a fully running and good “ordinary” car, in which case the choice was a scrapped chassis versus a customised car, rather than “how could you do that to that car?”.

Automotive technology has moved on a long way in sixty years and it’s wonderful that people have now access to such a wide range of relatively new tools to give them these options. At the end of the day, it’s just a car and not even a rare one at that.

kind regards

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Now THAT would be s great use of an otherwise ugly duckling.

Ill help!

That side glass looks familiar

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There is remarkable engineering shown in these custom cars. My issue is this.

There is a finite number of these classics available. As many of these should be restored to original as possible. The greater the demand for parts and services the cheaper it will be for everyone. Just my two cent input but maybe not even worth that much!

I figured when I first opened the thread, that Chris has redone his 2+2.!:rofl:

100% That one works!

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EXACTLY what went thru my head!

Goooooo, Jeffy! V12 power?