Sunday, 14 October 2012

First stretched E-Type?

A 1968 left hand drive Jaguar E-Type series 1 4.2 roadster is to be stretched by four and a half inches during a major restoration being carried out by Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC).
Having first rolled off the line at Jaguar’s Coventry works on April 17 1968, this Series 1 4.2 litre, left hand drive, open 2 seater Jaguar E-Type was shipped immediately to Jaguar Cars in New York, USA, but the receiving dealer is not known. The car was purchased by CMC’s client and sent to the company after being involved in a heavy front impact. 

The remodelled E-Type has been named “the Kaizen” by the owner, a client in the United States, and takes its name from one of Toyota’s founding principles, Kaizen, which means “understand the imperative to make continuous improvements and then get to work.”

Paul Branstad, the owner of the car, said that he had named the E-Type in this way because he thought that the original Jaguar designer, Malcolm Sayer, would have approved of what he wanted to do to the car while preserving its essence.

He added: “The stretched E-Type I have conceived sits between the Series I and the subsequent vehicles produced after the merger and formation of British Leyland, when the design of the cars underwent several transformations as a consequence of cuts in production costs and the need for more space that resulted in the Series II 2+2 and Series III V12.”

Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of Classic Motor Cars Ltd., said: “This is something that we have never been done before. Our client wanted the interior leg room of a Series 3 V12 E-Type but the aesthetics of a Series 1 car.”

“We are going to add four and a half inches to the floor pan, which will give the leg room of the V12 plus an additional one inch if required. The V12 was actually nine inches longer than a Series I but a lot of the additional room was behind the seats as storage and is not required on our project.”

He added: “By adding four and a half inches to the length of the car we will be able to retain the overall look of the Series 1 and also turn this E-Type into a unique car.”

Along with these radical developments, the roof line will be raised by 1.25 inches above the drivers head and the boot floor lowered and reshaped to build in a 20 gallon fuel tank and to allow a wider spare wheel as the car is being fitted with 16” diameter wire wheels shod with lower profile radial tyres.

The car will also be built with a host of CMC’s upgrades that range from air conditioning to power steering, upgraded brakes, five speed gearbox, suspension and handling upgrades, amongst others.

Paul Branstad, owner of the car, said: “As an idea, the Kaizen E-Type is a conceit of the imagination but the car itself is now becoming a reality by taking advantage of modern material and component technologies provided by CMC."

“With nine inches more wheelbase, the 2+2 was too long to be beautiful, but the four and a half inches added to the Kaizen E-type could make the car even more beautiful than the original Series I edition.”

He added: “Perhaps this car would have represented the very last chance for Malcolm Sayer to apply his ideas for the E-Type.”

CMC started this restoration in mid July and expects to have completed it by the end of September 2013 for export back to the USA.
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