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Not Nigel’s Jaaaaag: Ferocious E-Type Coupe

Alex Kierstein December 17, 2010 Redusernab Fastback Friday 23 Comments

This modded E-type didn’t even say hello to arrest my heart. It had me at the glassed in auxiliary lights. But wait, there’s more!

Remember how, in most of the games in the Gran Turismo franchise, if you acquired enough cashola you could tick every box in the modifications categories and end up with a fairly ridiculous “ultimate version” of the car in question? Well, someone with enough money and a well-developed sense of taste (the opposite of more money than taste, naturally) has gone to town on this here Series I ’64 Jaguar E-type, and the results are impressive. The stance and look are exceptional, with the gunmetal gray over black, the LeMans lights, hood louvers, Minilight-type wheels, and perhaps controversially a pair of Supertrapp cans out back. Whatever you think of Supertrapp mufflers, I think you’ll agree with me that there is a good chance that paired with the large 4.2L inline six, it’ll sound fairly antisocial.

Obligatory engine pRon shot.

In addition to the styling goodies, this beastie is fully decked out for road rallies, with a 6-point cage and 4-point belts, intercom, fuel cell, and race buckets. The 4.2L appears from the description to be using upgraded internals, balanced for performance, and with an almost de rigueur Lucas-ignition-ectomy, with a more reliable MSD/Mallory ignition setup. And lest you think cornering and stopping has been neglected, witness the Wilwood front discs, Spax adjustable shocks at all corners, and bushings all around.

Reserve’s not met at more than $45,000 at this writing, so you won’t be seeing this at your local LeMons event, but as with things like this I doubt you’d be able to afford to make one for less than whatever it’ll sell for; a de facto bargain.

. Thanks to Tim D. for the tip!

  • It's a…. whoops. I need a minute.

    • Better now. What a hot sexy thing.

  • B72

    I'm drooling and I'm not even near the actual car. It must exist in a perpetual puddle of saliva.

    • B72

      I just took another look and noticed that the road is damp only near the car, thus bolstering my theory.

  • ptmeyer84

    wow.

    There is something so right about 6 cylinders in a row and 3 Webers.

    /off to buy a lottery ticket

    • zsm

      Looks good to me too, reeeeeal gooood, but I think these are SUs.

      • ChuckyShamrok

        The carbs are SU's My project TR6 has two

      • I always imagined Gary Numan talking about these when he sang about "little deals, and SUs, and things that I just don't understand…"

        • zsm

          I just googled that, now I understand, and thanks. Random trivia like this is one of my favorite things about this place. It turns-out that SUs refers to a lady with the initials S W (double-U, therefore Us).

  • I wont lie. This gave me, ahem, great pleasures:

    <img src="http://redusernab.info/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/jag-2.png"&gt;

  • Let me say first-off that I adore Supertrapps. I know they're considered so '80s now, but I graduated HS Class of '81, so I still have overwhelmingly positive reactions to leg warmers, big hair, and cars with sheetmetal creases so sharp you could cut yourself on them…and great memories of Supertrapp exhausts (Refer to ).

    That being said, I don't don't think they really belong on this car — its kind of like the automotive equivalent of dressing Judi Dench in a shocking yellow neoprene BodyGlove swimsuit: not really an appropriate accouterment based on her age, and doesn't work as a contemporary update to today.

    • To this day no one has explained to me why they work or how.

      • ChuckyShamrok

        My dad's K100RS had a supertrapp on it, made it sound like a japanese bike. Although it was much more normal looking than the stock muffler, which was rectangular.

        Jeepy, May I call you Jeepy?, From what I understand there are removable discs in it that allow you to increase the noise and flow, at least that's what I was told by my father when I was a wee lad

      • They're not all that high tech or complicated.

        The diffuser discs at the end are just metal rings that are notched so that they have a small gap between them when you stack them up. Stack more of them under the cap, and you have more cumulative opening area for gasses to exit through.

        Or, for an explanation with some good visuals:

        • So you can control the noise and the back pressure. Makes sense, that explanation doesn't correlate with the INSANO cost I seem to remember them being around the 80s to early 90s…

          • JayP

            I had a Supertrapp on my MGB autoxer. When not punting cones, I'd run all the disks it would hold. Before the autox, I'd take the end plate off and be the loudest boy at the ball. Took all the backpressure and torque from the engine but it was an awesome noise.

            I'm sure tuning them would get me the proper backpressure but I was all about being loud back then.

            • texlenin

              I had one on the "Escape Pod" (79 civic, non-cvcc, bored .60 over, hottest cam then available, 4 to1 header with Trapp
              at tail, Keihen motorcycle carbs- best 300 USD I ever spent). Sounded like an F1 car; I'm sure the neighbors loved it. What they don't tell you is that if you run at all rich for any length of time, the gaps can & will close up, stalling the car. I can't count the times I had to pull over, uncap the end (making damn sure not to lose the allen bolts!) and scraping the disks on the asphalt or using sandpaper to clean them off. Usually at night. Or in the rain. Or on 635 at rush hour…..
              That being said- damn that is a pretty Jag-you-aar!!!

  • tonyola

    Is that a decal on the C-pillar? Lose it, along with those metal-bassoon mufflers. Otherwise it's fine.

    • B72

      I think that's a battery shutoff. I hear they can help prevent really bad bad track days from getting even worse.

  • facelvega

    Don't care for minilite wheels on an E type. Don't buy the racing pretensions of the interior with that babied bodywork. As many have said, weird exhaust choice. Otherwise I could deal.

  • Cynic

    Okay, before this newspost falls away into the abyss – what's the name of the kit that gives the Jag the 4 front headlights? Because that gives it the potential to be even cooler looking than it already is.

  • There was a wealthy architect hoon who used to live nearby who had an E type that was just as sexy and hotrodded as this one, I think he used to vintage race it. His, however, was British Racing Green and had a white racing stripe running it's length. A drop dead gorgeous car, and it was caged, and it was loud. I could hear the thing from like a mile away whenever he drove it to town. Used to give me chills. He also had a Viper ACR set up for SCCA racing, but that Jag was pure class. Yeah, this car is the same idea and just as badass.

  • texlenin

    It was the combination of the super lopey cam and oversized carbs- sooting up went away after I replaced the
    Keihen motorcycle carbs with a proper manifold and 2bbl, and added a hotter coil. You have to keep in mind that I bought it that way in a hurry after my rusty Alfa died. PO had built this screaming little monster out of junkyard parts to have something to drive whilst his super slammed custom hot-rod Dually was being built.

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