Here’s an interesting way to make the Jaguar E-type even more usable – even if it comes at a hefty price. Classic Motor Cars Limited of Bridgnorth (CMC) is currently restoring a 1968 Series 1 4.2-litre roadster, and is going to stretch it by 4.5in for its owner.
The E-type has been named ‘the Kaizen’ by the owner, a client in the USA, 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 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 said: ‘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 floorpan, 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.’
Along with these radical developments, the roof line will be raised by 1.25in, and the boot floor will be 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 16in wire wheels. 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.
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.