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Make the most of old and new with these electrified restomods

Make the most of old and new with these electrified restomods

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A restomod is what you get when you combine the words “restoration” and “modification”. These are typical classic cars equipped with modern parts and technology. They maintain the original look and style of the car, while providing enhanced performance, comfort, convenience, safety and reliability.

In recent years, a new crop of restomods has emerged: classic cars with modern, electric powertrains. It may seem blasphemous, but you have to watch the craftsmanship and performance to get out of these projects.

Lunaz Jaguar XK120 from 1953

The Jaguar XK120 was produced from 1948 to 1954. This British roadster was the fastest production car in the world for its time. The “120” designation stands for its top speed of 120 MPH, although record runs yielded even higher numbers.

Lunaz was founded in 2018 to “promote the legacies of the world’s most beautiful cars”. One of the company’s first projects was a Jaguar XK120 from 1953. It would be hard to find any difference between an original XK120 and Lunaz’s electrified ones, but that’s the whole point.

Lunaz uses its own powertrains, and the XK120 gets two electric motors that send 375 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels. That’s more than twice the power of the original Jag. The 80 kWh battery pack should be good for 250 miles of range.

It’s not just about electrification. The Lunaz XK120 gets modern tires and suspension, power steering, fly-by-wire throttle and regenerative brakes. Comfort and convenience are added via modern climate control, cruise control, a Wi-Fi hotspot and an infotainment screen with satellite navigation. Safety features include traction control and anti-lock brakes.

These cars are made to order and prices start at about $430,000, including the donor vehicle. The waiting list stretches as far as 2024. Retired soccer star David Beckham is an investor in Lunaz and he recently gifted his son a 1954 electric Jaguar XK140 as a wedding gift!

You don’t need deep pockets to revive your ride. Tap or click here for five ways to modernize your old car.

Charge Cars 1967 Ford Mustang

The first generation Ford Mustang saw a redesign for the 1967 model year. The new car was larger, safer and more luxurious than the original. A big-block V8 was optional for the first time.

This next EV isn’t technically a restomod because it’s not based on an original car. charge cars uses officially licensed Ford bodies for its creations, and it is based on the 1967 Mustang Fastback.

Four electric motors replaced the large V8 – one for each wheel. Combined peak horsepower is 536 horsepower and 1,106 pound-feet of torque, propelling this electrified pony car from zero to 60 MPH in 3.9 seconds. The 62 kWh battery pack is good for 200 miles of range. The powertrain comes from the EV company Arrival.

In terms of safety, this Mustang EV offers traction control ABS, traction control, electronic stability control, lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking and traffic sign recognition. Affluent buyers who purchase one will enjoy the cruise control, keyless access and digital interfaces.

Only 499 copies will be produced, starting at about $450,000.

The 2000 remake of “Gone in 60 Seconds” featured a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 named Eleanor. This led to Charge Cars’ EV being dubbed the “Electric Eleanor.”

ECD Land Rover Defender 110

The Land Rover Defender was launched in 1983 with the 110 series, which refers to the 110 inch wheelbase. Although the Land Rover brand was only five years old, the off-road heritage of these trucks dates back to 1948.

ECD car design

ECD car design

While we wouldn’t be surprised if we see an official all-electric Land Rover soon, one company is getting a head start. ECD car design offers an electrified Defender 110 based on the original chassis that has been rebuilt from the ground up.

Instead of designing an electric motor itself, ECD borrowed one from the Tesla Model S P100D. Two Tesla batteries totaling 100 kWh supply power to the 612 hp electric motor that is connected to the standard four-wheel drive system. This truck goes from 0 to 60 MPH in 5.5 seconds with a range of about 200 miles.

Although a Tesla motor powers it, this truck lacks the luxury features you’d get in those EVs. You get an electric display and a rev counter that goes up to 12,000 rpm, but otherwise there’s not much that sets this interior apart from that of an original Defender.

Prices start at approximately $230,000, including the donor vehicle. Each truck is custom built for the customer. No two will be the same.

Zero Labs Ford Bronco

The Ford Bronco returned in 2021, after a 25-year hiatus. According to Ford, the first-generation Bronco was produced from 1965 to 1977, which was the first vehicle to be labeled an SUV.

Zero Labs Automotive

Zero Labs Automotive

Zero Labs offers an electrified version of the original Bronco, with carefully restored vehicles. There are tons of options available: do you want the factory steel body or a spun carbon fiber? Softtop, hardtop or no roof at all? Racing shocks or air suspension?

You can get a single electric motor that powers the rear wheels or opt for twin motors that deliver 600 horsepower to all four wheels. Opt for the 100 kWh battery and you’ll get 235 miles of range.

Standard features include push-start ignition, power windows, regenerative braking, digital display and Bluetooth. Prices start at $225,000, including the donor vehicle.

AC Cobra Series 1 electric

In 1961, racing driver and car designer Carroll Shelby contacted AC Cars and requested that they send in one of their cars, minus an engine. Shelby fitted him with a Ford V8 and the following year the Shelby Cobra was born. He dominated the track and earned the title of fastest production car in the world.

AC cars have periodically revived the Cobra over the years and the latest offering is based on the 1962 model but uses no original parts. The steering, brakes and chassis of the AC Cobra Series 1 electric were built to accommodate an electric motor.

That electric motor produces 310 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, propelling this new Cobra from zero to 60 MPH in 6.5 seconds. The 54 kWh battery is good for a range of 250 kilometers.

Only 58 Cobra Series 1 electric cars were built to celebrate 58 years since Cobra was first produced. They sold for about $170,000.

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