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ECD Automotive Design is now building Restomod Jaguar E-Types

ECD Automotive Design is now building Restomod Jaguar E-Types

• ECD Automotive Design is now renovating the classic Jaguar E-Type.

• The company will offer petrol or electric powertrains.

• Buyers have a choice of classic or modern colors and finishes.

ECD Automotive Design – the company known as East Coast Defenders until 2017 – is diving into a new chapter of leaky and charismatic British automotive history. Best known for its extremely thorough Land Rover restorations, the Florida-based company now offers its services for the 1961-1974 Jaguar E-Type, which is sort of the low-slung equivalent of a classic Defender – rare and compelling enough to be worth trouble, but often enough to find plentiful donor cars ready for ECD treatment.

Like its Defenders, ECD’s Jaguars will be offered with three powertrain options: GM V-8 (a 450 horsepower LT1), Tesla Electric (also 450 horsepower), or an original Jag inline-six or V-12. The latter option is available with a five-speed manual transmission, and ECD promises to deliver the Jaguar engine “leaks and all” for an authentic experience. However, the first car in the making is electric. ECD estimates there’s room under that curvy body to store enough Tesla battery cells for a range of 200 miles in the city, or 140 miles on the highway. Based on our experience with one of their electric Defenders, we bet the Tesla-powered E-Type will be fast enough.

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In addition to the powertrain and chassis, there is an extensive menu of trim and paint and leather options, including both classic E-Type colors and the full selection of current Jaguar shades. Would you like a 1962 Series 1 in 2023 Pertroixx Blue with brogue Nappa leather and wire wheels? Just pull out your checkbook. Prices start at $299,995 and they don’t sell you individual parts or an electrical conversion kit, so stop asking.

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Donor cars will come from ECD’s outpost in the UK or here in the US depending on the customer’s goals for the final product. The ECD Automotive Design website has a configurator where you can build your dream Land Rover (they will also refresh a Series II or Range Rover Classic), but the E-Type configurator isn’t live yet. Deliveries will start next year. And while the idea of ​​a clean and reliable E-Type is certainly appealing, we’re drawn to the old-school options. We’ll take a V-12 and a five-speed, leaks and all.

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