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Long Wheelbase Jaguar E-Type Updates Classic with Modern Utility

It combines the look of the original car with the size of a Series III

 
 
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Branstead's Jaguar mixes the looks of a Series I E-Type with the legroom of a Series III

Paul Branstad sent his heavily frontend damaged Series I Jaguar E-TypeE-Type Gen.1Jaguar E-Type Gen.1United Kingdom, 1961 > 196715 versions
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to Classic Motor Cars in the UK over a year ago, and his one-off, long wheelbase is finally complete. CMC even built him a unique E-Type trailer to compliment the car.

Branstad’s car started as a 1968 Series 1 4.2 roadsterE-Type 4.2 S1 OTSJaguar E-Type 4.2 S1 OTSUnited Kingdom, 1964 > present16 photos
has been stretched 4.5in (114mm).

“This is the E-Type that Jaguar CarsJaguarJaguarUnited Kingdom, 1922 > present53 models
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should have built. The extra space makes all the difference and actually alters the whole attitude of the car,” said Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of CMC.

“The stretched E-Type I have conceived sits between the Series I and the subsequent vehicles produced after the merger and formation of British LeylandLeylandLeylandUnited Kingdom, 1896 > 19204 models
, when the design of the cars underwent several transformations as a consequence of cuts in production costs and the need for more space,” said Branstad.

Branstad calls his car the “Kaizen” Jaguar. The name comes from Toyota’sToyotaToyotaJapan, 1937 > present155 models
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principle of “understand the imperative to make continuous improvements and then get to work” because it improves the car while preserving its essence.

His car combines the interior room of a Series 3 V12Spyder ConceptWiesmann Spyder ConceptGermany, 2011 > 20111 Version
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and the aesthetics of a Series I.

The added wheelbase gives the car one inch more legroom than a Series 3 V12 E-Type, but it is shorter than a Series 3 overall because when Jaguar made the car, much of the room was added behind the rear seats, which Branstad did not want.

Other changes to Branstad’s car include a 1.25in (31.75mm) higher roofline, 20 gallon fuel tank, air conditioning, upgraded brakes, five-speed transmission and 16in wheels.

The trailer connects to the car with a removable tow hitch hidden behind the reversing lights.

Branstad is going to drive the car around the UK and then ship it back to New York. 

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