The first ever "stretched" Jaguar

The Jaguar E-Type, made as both a coupe and roadster, was originally built back in the 60’s in Coventry, and remains one of the most iconic British sports cars of all time.

The model featured in CMC’s restoration project is a 1968 left-hand drive Roadster model in the Series 1 specification featuring a 4.2-litre petrol engine.

This particular car is owned by a client from America, Paul Branstad, who curiously nicknamed his Jaguar “the Kaizen”, based on the Toyota founding principle which means “understand the imperative to make continous improvements and then get to work”.

The most noteworthy change made to this E-Type for its restoration is that the car’s length will be increased by four and a half inches. This change has been made so that the car will offer the same amount of leg room which you’d find in the Series 3 V12 engine specification model.

“The Kaizen” however will still continue to use a 265bhp 4.2-litre petrol engine. Other changes made to the restored E-Type include a higher roof line above the driver’s head, and a lower boot floor which has been reshaped to fit a larger 20 gallon fuel tank as well as a spare wheel.

The restored E-Type model also gets new 16″ wire wheels complete with lower profile radial tyres.

CMC will also replace and upgrade many of the car’s key internal components such as the brakes, suspension and the five-speed manual gearbox.

The Managing Director of CMC, Nick Goldthorp, commented: “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”.

He added: “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”.

The Jaguar E-Type was a recurring feature in the motoring news for the past year or so when rumours were circling that the British brand were bringing back the classic name for a brand new sports car.

That new sports car has since been revealed at last month’s 2012 Paris Motor Show, but has instead been called the F-Type.

The brand new Jaguar F-Type is set to launch to the UK market during mid-2013 as a soft-top convertible, when it will aim to replicate the amazing success achieved by what is effectively its predecessor the E-Type.

Watch Perry’s Jaguar F-Type sneak preview video below:

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