The interior will be more lavish than the original race car’s bare-bones cabin.
The Jaguar E-Type Low-Drag Coupe was a racing machine from the 1960s that aimed to give the gorgeous vehicle a more slippery body. The factory made just one of them, and a privateer team crafted another with a slightly different take on the aerodynamic body. At this year’s Quail Gathering during Monterey Car Week, Diez Concepts will unveil a special E-Type with a design taking inspiration from the classic competition machine.
Right now, the company is only offering the drawing (above) to tease the Jag’s shape. The firm promises this E-Type looks like the original Low Drag Coupe but with “an elegantly finished interior, a competition engine based on the original and several bespoke touches designed by Diez Concepts.”
Gallery: Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Reborn
The E-Type is an icon among 1960s sports cars, and early models fetch high prices at auction. A few folks recently had the opportunity to get a perfectly restored example straight from Jaguar. The E-Type Reborn project (gallery above) involved the automaker bringing 10 cars back to the same condition as when they left the factory decades ago. Jag charged 285,000 pounds (around $356,000 at the time) for them, and used its original-spec replacement parts, including the body panels.
If a new take on the E-Type doesn’t get you excited, then there’s plenty more to see at The Quail this year. One of the more tantalizing rumors is that Bugatti might bring a spiritual successor to the EB110 SS to the event. In addition, SSC is delivering the first Tuatara hypercar to its new owner there. Special edition versions of the Maserati Quattroporte and Levante make a debut at the event, too. There are also sure to be even more amazing vehicles at the Quail that we don’t know about yet.
Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe “Project OWL 226” to be Unveiled at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
Diez Concepts bespoke Jaguar E-Type Low-Drag Coupe inspired by “49 FXN” will make its debut at the Quail, a Motorsports Gathering. Known as project “OWL 226,” the car has been a labor of love by owner and designer Marco Diez. It will retain the original style of the famous Low Drag Coupe with an elegantly finished interior, a competition engine based on the original and several bespoke touches designed by Diez Concepts.
The car will be displayed on Friday, August 16,2019 beginning at show opening (8:00 am for media, 10:00 am for the public).
The car will be on display in the custom coachwork class on the show field at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel-By-The-Sea, California.