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Christopher Bruce2012-10-08 16:49:47

American Commissions Long Wheelbase Jaguar E-Type

The mechanicals are the same, but Branstead believes he is improving the driving.

When is it alright to improve on a classic? That is the question raised by the long wheelbase JaguarJaguarJaguarUnited Kingdom, 1922 > present53 models
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E-TypeE-Type 4.2 S1 OTSJaguar E-Type 4.2 S1 OTSUnited Kingdom, 1964 > present16 photos
commissioned by US owner Paul Branstead. 

Branstead shipped his Series I Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster to Classic Motor Cars Limited in the UK. This is not a standard restoration though, his car will also be lengthened by 4.5 inches (114mm) in wheelbase. The roof will also be 1.25in higher (31.75mm). Finally, the trunk will be reshaped to allow for a 20 gallon (75.71l) fuel tank and full size spare tire. It will also ride on 16in wheels, compared to 15in wheels on the original S1 cars. Branstead calls the car the Kaizan, which is a word used by Toyota to mean “understand the imperative to make continuous improvements and then get to work.”

As you can see in the photo above, the front of the car will remain identical to the original. The changes will include longer doors, a larger passenger compartment and longer wheelbase. 

“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,” said Brainstead. 

He believes that the original designers would approve of his improvements. 

“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,” said Nick Goldthorp, Managing Director of Classic Motor Cars Ltd.

Branstead purchased the car after heavy front end damage and shipped it to CMC for restoration. 

E-Type Gen.1E-Type Gen.1
E-Type 4.2 S1E-Type 4.2 S1
Straight 6
258 cu in
Top Speed
153 mph
4, Manual
Maximum power
269 hp @ 5400 rpm
Convertible (cabrio)
Fuel consumption (combined)
annual ownership cost
$ 1.042


That's an interesting one. I'm assuming he is a tall chap and the Series one is clearly prettier and the 4.2 the nicest engine so that makes a lot of sense to me. As long as it is done well then I gue...
08.10.2012 @ 18:18
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