Polish automotive design studio Carlex Design is an knowledgeable in turning “the usual to distinctive.” Nonetheless, its Jaguar XJ-C restomod is nothing wanting a masterpiece. Different restomods just like the new-age Opel Manta or Hyundai Pony Heritage have classic physique types with electrified powertrains, and that’s good.
However different restomods just like the Ferrari Testarossa by Officine Fiovaranti and the Shelby MKIII-R by Superperformance pay homage to good previous dinosaur juice. Carlex Design’s Jaguar XJ-C belongs to the latter group, however it’s not the standard 4.2-liter inline-six or 5.3-liter V8 engines discovered within the authentic Sequence 2 XJ Coupe.
No, this magnificent Jag XJ-C has a V8 motor of unknown origins, however Carlex Design was form sufficient to say the horsepower quantity: 400. Sure, this Jag XJ-C restomod has come again to life with a 400-horsepower V8 engine, virtually twice the grunt from its old-school fuel engines. And whereas 400 horsepower shouldn’t be sufficient to threaten supercars on the subsequent set of stoplights, the Jaguar XJ-C shouldn’t be about balls-out, straight-line velocity.
Quite the opposite, there’s no must rush for those who’re behind the wheel of a stunning Jaguar classic coupe. Carlex Design smoothened the perimeters, trimmed the bumpers, and laid again on the shiny bits to modernize the XJ’s design. It additionally has a bespoke entrance grille, trendy LED spherical headlights, burlier fenders, and bigger wheels impressed by the wheel design of the unique Jaguar XJ Coupe.
The British Racing Inexperienced-inspired paint is a given for a Jag, however Carlex Design’s XJ-C has a singular contact to make it stand out from each XJ-C constructed from 1975 to 1978. All XJ Coupes have a regular vinyl roof, and Carlex’s XJ-C doesn’t have one, however that’s superb. We haven’t seen a ton of Jag restomods, however we’ve heard the manufacturing facility vinyl protecting of the XJ-C attracts rust to the roof like bees to honey, so we’ll make do with a shiny inexperienced prime.
In the meantime, the inside is worthy of a snapshot with its attractive, deep-dish, vintage-inspired three-spoke steering wheel, hand-aged leather-based upholstery, and a customized dashboard. As well as, the seats look spectacular, and Carlex Design has thrown in a regular rear roll bar to tame the automotive’s mischievous again finish.
We’ve got no phrase on manufacturing numbers or pricing, however this V8-powered Jaguar XJ-C deserves a spot in restomod historical past – however provided that Carlex Design makes it for actual.